Book Review “From The Deep” by Kateri Stanley


YA Fantasy, Mystery

Length 294 pages

Publisher Burton Mayers Books


From the Deep

Julian Finch, widower and fisherman, awakes to learn that the bodies of two colleagues have washed up on the beach of Drake Cove. The close-knit community is under fierce public scrutiny due to a long-standing tradition called “The Culling”, the annual slaughter of pilot whales for consumption. An act which divides the nation.

The suspects are the extreme animal rights group, the Fighters Against Animal Cruelty (FAAC) who go wherever the politics is trending. They’ve been harassing the small fishing town for many years, smashing up their boats and sending vicious hate mail.

Tensions mount after a viral video, uploaded by the FAAC of Julian killing a pregnant whale, causes uproar online and in real life. In the aftermath, Julian becomes the victim of hate crime. In order to avoid further life-threatening attacks, Julian and his daughter take refuge in the home of Frank Blothio: ex-fisherman turned writer and political activist who does not have the best history with the animal rights movement, or Drake Cove as a whole.

As Julian integrates into the Blothio way of life, he discovers heinous secrets and disturbing truths lurking beneath the skin of his hometown that will change his life forever.

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Set in a whaling community in a small English village, Drake Cove. From the Deep is perfectly set to reveal all about old folk lore, mermaids , old Viking traditions and plenty of fantasy but in a modern day community. For me the characters, especially Jules and Em are authentic and totally believable. Their day to day lives around the village are unsettled by whale hunting protestors. Jules and his daughter, Em become targets and have to move in with an old fisherman, now a writer who is now anti whaling, but he does listen to both sides. Here is where Jules encounters the mysterious Shy, with her flowing green hair, unusual habits, with very little to say. He is strangely drawn to her and needs to know more.

I thought the way modern issues cleverly intermingled with fantasy was expertly done. I utterly believed in Shy and the whole strangeness of her. There is a level of unpredictability running through the book that only draws you further in. The dark side of fantasy and mystery is explored superbly well and if you didn’t believe in mermaids before you will after reading this fabulous Novel.

There is little more to say except if you love a great yarn with reality and fantasy all mixed together this is certainly a book for you.

Author Bio –

Kateri Stanley is a pseudonym for the multi-genre fiction writer. Since being a child, Kateri has been inspired by the wondrous mediums of books, music, TV and film. After working in the healthcare industry for eight years and studying for an Arts and Humanities degree, she made the decision to move cities in the West Midlands and live with her ever-suffering partner and their felines. Her debut novel Forgive Me was published by indie press house, DarkStroke Books in 2021 and it reached #1 in the US Horror Fiction charts on Amazon. She is currently working on her third novel, Bittersweet Injuries and would love to pursue a full-time career in writing.

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With Thanks for the Advance Copy to …..

Rachel Gilby

Kateri Stanley

Burton Mayer Books

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