Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley – Book Review

“Sometimes science isn’t enough. Sometimes you need the poets.”  ― Cath CrowleyWords in Deep Blue


This is a love story.
It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets.
It’s the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea. 
Now, she’s back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal and looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind.


I’m not sure how to start this review right now simply because there were so many important pieces and I have no way of discerning which is most important.

Let’s start with the overlying issue, which is death. Cath Crowley killed a character before they even had a chance to have life in Words in Deep Blue, but she did it in such a magnificent way that I cried for Cal — a character I never got a perspective from. I felt like I mourned him as though I’d lost my own brother.

And by the end, Crowley had created such a wonderful person in Cal, that it was almost unimaginable that she could let him die before the book began. That she would take his life and start us with Rachel, his older sister, trying to navigate a world without someone so bright and beautiful feels almost unfathomable.

Alas, she did. And she did it beautifully.

With that said, Crowley’s writing is what shines in Words in Deep Blue. Honestly, the plot and conflict are brilliant and sweet, but it’s Crowley’s writing that really bring the characters and the story to life.

Something as complex as the relationships between characters felt simple. From the first time Henry and Rachel see each other again to the last scene in the story, you feel the history in each and every one of the characters. It’s like Crowley picks up her readers and places them in someone elses life.

She brings characters to life and create brilliantly rich histories for even the most insignificant characters.

Overall, I loved Words in Deep Blue. I can’t get over the story and how sweet, yet gut-wrenching it was. I will also never get over the fact that Crowley made me cry over a bookshop.

5/5 stars. Read this. Now.


7 thoughts on “Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley – Book Review

  1. Great review! I thought this book was so so so wonderful. It has a sort of “classic” aesthetic to it, a sort of modern literary love story.


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