[729]: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Words in Deep Blue
by Cath Crowley
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Stand Alone
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


Dude. Aussie authors are awesome. I’ve been a fan of Cath Crowley when I read Graffiti Moon many moons ago. Ever since then, I’ve waited upon bated breath for each of her brilliant books. Sadly, I’ve only ever read one other book of hers (A Little Wanting Song) so I was freaking excited to learn that Words in Deep Blue was being released in North America as well. Man, she’s awesome. I’m convinced that she drinks in the same fountain of brilliance as my beloved Melina Marchetta. Sigh.

As a book lover, I can only recall one instance when I didn’t enjoy a book set in a bookstore. 99% of the time, romances that start and were cultivated in this consecrated ground is a huge draw. I suppose it’s like being in familiar space, mingling with the familiar crowds. But ultimately, it’s the characters prowling the aisles that draw us in. The deep thinkers, the romantics, and the lover of words make for an interesting cast.

Well, there wasn’t a shortage of such characters in Words in Deep Blue. Henry, for example, is a combination of a romantic (albeit, a little blind) and a lover of the written word. His family owns the bookstore that just so happens to have The Letter Library; a special shelf of books containing personal notes left by people looking to connect, reconnect or simply write letters to the void. Horrifyingly enough, the notes are written within the pages of the books.

One of these books contained a letter left for Henry by Rachel. A girl who has loved Henry from afar. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be. Because she moved away soon after she realized Henry either never got the message or ignored her completely. Fast forward to a few years and Rachel was not the same person. Dealing with the grief of losing her brother and losing track of what’s left of her family. In the meantime, Henry was also going through a tumult of changes in his life. His girlfriend unexpectedly broke up with him and his parents just announced that they’re selling the bookstore.

The thing about these Australian authors is that they’re able to tap into the emotions that would make their stories even more poignant, you know? I can’t figure out what it is, but for some reason, I’m always left raw by the time I flip to the last page. Regardless of whether or not it had an HEA. The same goes for this book. I vacillated between sadness, happiness, anger, and deep annoyance throughout the entire process.

It is, by all sense of the word, a book about grief and how to deal. In Rachel’s case, she simply stopped living the same  could be said of her mother. It’s like they forgot how to since the death of her brother. In Henry’s case, it’s the death of relationships. His and his parents. It took me a bit to forgive Henry for being so hung up on his ex when his ex clearly didn’t give a shit but Rachel’s reintroduction in his life slowly helped him somehow.

There are bits of poignant stories in the background as well. Through The Letter Library, we are introduced to people and their stories of heartbreaks, lost loves, and second chances. Truly, Cath Crowley belongs in the annals of prolific Aussie writers that crosses borders and oceans. I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time and I will continue to look forward to her books in years to come.

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    I liked this one too! There is something magically about books that take place in a bookstore, well excerpt that one you didn’t like. lol

  • I have seen this cover around but I think this is acually the first eview of this book I am reading. I am so glad you’re loving the Aussie writers at the moment. And seeing as I love Melinda M, seeing the comparison to her actually has me kind of hooked. Because if the emotion is anywhere near as deep, easy to relate to and just becoming PART of you while reading, then this is going to be one emotional rollercoaster that will draw me in from start to finish.

  • Greg Hill

    I love a book set in a bookstore and the Letter Library sounds awesome. Glad you enjoyed this one, it sounds great. And I remember wanting to read it when it first came out, so I need to make sure it’s on my TBR! 🙂

  • Yessss I’m so glad you enjoyed this book Joy! It gave me so many feels especially with the central relationship, and Henry was so adorable.

  • Yay for loving this author 😀 And for loving this book too. <3 Gorgeous review Joy. This book do sound pretty cute 😀 Yay for great characters.

  • Jasprit

    Ohhh Joy you’re so lucky that you were able to get this book where you live, I’m not sure if its available here, but like you I was obsessed with everything Aussie YA and like you I’ve been a fan of Crowley’s books in the past too, that I know I definitely need to get myself a copy! Wonderful review as always! 🙂

  • This sounds amazing Joy! I’m really glad that I have this on my shelf, and YES I agree with you about Australian authors. I know I haven’t read many of them, but every time I do, I am just blown away!

  • nice one! I haven’t actually read her yet. I should seeing how I’m actually in Australia

  • I’m happy to see you enjoyed this one – great review! Colleen Hoover recommended this book a few weeks ago, so I immediately bought a copy, of course. Now I’m even more excited to read it knowing it won you over!

  • it sounds touching and well done there, I didn’t know about this one

  • Wonderful review Joy 🙂 This sounds like a great read, I love the idea of the letter library!

  • Lovely review. I am totally reliving my Words in Deep Blue feels right now. The Letter Library! Just thinking about it is bringing tears to my eyes. This was one of my fave reads this year and I went and bought books from Crowley’s back catalog. She is brilliant!

  • Gotta try me some Aussie authors then ;D

  • RO

    This sounds like such a moving book and would definitely hold my interest. So glad you really enjoyed it, Joyous Joy! Hugs…and Happy Saturday!RO

  • I read a review on this when it first came out and I was wondering about it. Too sad and I don’t think I would enjoy it? I am not sure, but I love the idea of the letter shelf as a partial premise.