The Titanic meets the delicious horror of Ransom Riggs and the sass of Mean Girls in this follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller How to Hang a Witch, in which a contemporary teen finds herself a passenger on the famous “ship of dreams”—a story made all the more fascinating because the author’s own relatives survived the doomed voyage.
Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one. This time, Sam is having recurring dreams about the Titanic . . . where she’s been walking the deck with first-class passengers, like her aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, in Sam’s waking life, strange missives from the Titanic have been finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship.
Ultimately, Sam and the Descendants, along with some help from heartthrob Elijah, must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship . . . and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers.
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Four stars: A surprising story that gives a new ghostly take on the Titanic.
Sam is trying to get back to normal after her father almost died, and she was almost hanged by her stepmother. She just wants to be a boring girl. Unfortunately one morning at breakfast, Sam sees a ghostly girl. She does not want to interact with ghosts. Then things get even more weird when she receives a mysterious package supposedly from a distant aunt. In the package is a vintage dress from the turn of the 20th Century. When Sam tries on the dress, something strange happens. She finds herself on board the Titanic, but she isn’t herself. Sam finds herself in the body of one of her relatives who was actually on board the fated ship. As the days go on, Sam continues to visit the Titanic in her dreams. Who is behind the spells and why?
What I Liked:
- Haunting the Deep was a surprisingly good read. I went in with low expectations because let’s face it, the Titanic is a well known story, how can it be reimagined? Well surprisingly, it can. I loved this ghostly version of the Titanic that is a result of spells and witchcraft. It was unique and entertaining. Definitely worth trying if you are a tried and true Titanic fan.
- I didn’t read book one, but I was pleased that I wasn’t lost in the story. The author does an excellent job of recapping all the events that occurred in book one, so much so that after reading this one, I want to go back and read the first book.
- I liked the focus on friendship in this book. Sam finds herself in a troubling situation so she reaches out to the three girls who are descendants of the original Salem Witches. It was nice that this book was all about friendship instead of romance. I liked seeing the girls come together and learn to trust each other in order to solve the problem.
- Of course, I loved the whole Titanic story line. I appreciated that the author brought to life some lesser known characters, and that their stories were brought to light. It was interesting to learn that the author had relatives on the Titanic, and she featured them in the story. There are many fascinating tidbits of information that aren’t as well known about the ship.
- The ending was satisfying, it concluded the story lines, no cliffhangers. There were some hints to what is to come.
And The Not So Much:
- There wasn’t much romance in this story which was fine with me. It appears that there is an ongoing love triangle from the first book, which I find annoying, especially considering that one of the love interests is a ghost. I have a feeling what is going to happen next, and I am not sure that I am on board with that.
- When the villain was unmasked, it was a surprise, which was a good thing, but I found myself confused over the motives. I wish that there had been more insight into this person.
- This would have been a better read if I had read the first book. I would recommend reading book one before going into this one.
Haunting the Deep was an entertaining and interesting read that surprised me. I loved the new take on the Titanic. I enjoyed the characters, the setting, the spells and the witches. If you are looking for something different in the YA genre, this is one to try.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.