Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April G. Tucholke

Strange things happen after River West shows up in Echo; children claim to see the devil, a young girl disappears, then reappears, terrible murders are committed by ordinary people’ but Violet can’t quite put the blame on the handsome and mysterious stranger.  He disturbs and soothes her at the same time.  What is he?  

By JJ Harrison ( (Own work) [GFDL 1.2 ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Characters:  Violet- formerly rich, shy but direct 17 year old girl, with a twin brother.  
River-mysterious, dangerous boy/man who rents Violet’s guest house.

Setting:  run down mansion by the sea, present day.

Atmosphere:  gothic

Symbol/Image:  glow

POV:  Violet-first person

Theme:  Sometimes those we love aren’t nice people.

Rating:  ✰✰✰✰✰

Favorite quotes:
 “Violet, Violet. You curl up next to me, nap, and leave.  What is this, some sort of one-nap stand?” (loc 516)

“The cemetery. . .was the kind of place someone like Edgar Allen Poe would want to rot away in. . .drippy green leaves and twinkly starry silence.”  (loc 601)

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