Wednesday, June 29, 2022

From the Deep by Kateri Stanley - Book Tour & Review

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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My Review
From the Deep is a fascinating fantasy novel about a small fishing village that participates in something known as The Culling. It's an event that slaughters pilot whales for their meat, and the villagers parcel it out so they each get some. But animal rights activists are not happy with this event, and during one Culling, they record it and the video goes viral. From then on, tensions are high and the town goes from being unknown to a hotspot on the map. Add in a mysterious young woman with green hair, and the secrets of the past will soon come to light. There's more to the town of Drake's Cove that meets the eye. And Julian Finch is about to discover that the hard way...
This is an interesting novel. I figured it would either be mermaids or some type of sea monster, and while it was one of those, the monster was more human than mythical creature. 
While this did take me a bit to read, I found the plot relatively easy to get sucked into, and it moved along at a pretty decent pace. It was also easy to picture this tiny little fishing village while reading, along with the inhabitants. 
I didn't really have too much sympathy for Julian, all things considered. But I did feel bad for his daughter. And I also felt a bit of sympathy for Shy as well. 
If you're looking for an interesting fantasy novel that's filled with secrets, check out From the Deep. 
4 stars.

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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