Book Review: Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather

January 8, 2018 Book Reviews, Fall, Horror 0

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Haunting the Deep by Adriana MatherHaunting the Deep (How to Hang a Witch, #2) by Adriana Mather
Published by Bonnier Zaffre on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Source: NetGalley
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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.



I originally found this series because I saw this gorgeous cover on Netgalley and could not pass it up! After reading book one, I was able to immediately read book two! I did not want to put either down.

If you haven’t read book one, it’s not completely needed for the series, but a lot does happen in How to Hang a Witch, so I would recommend reading these in order.

Let me get the negatives out first. There is a love triangle that starts in book one. I hate love triangles! But, being a fan of the first and loving all things Titanic related, I just had to continue with this story. Actually, I couldn’t put book one down so I certainly wasn’t going to go without reading this one!

There are some interesting happenings in this one. It’s seemed even more of a mystery than book one because Sam starts having dreams where she is transported to the Titanic, but it actually feels like she’s there. She knows of their fate and wants desperately to figure out what is happening before she winds up with the same fate!

I enjoyed the plot a bit more in this one. Although I loved book one, I think the tropes were keeping me from falling really into it. This one was a bit better, and the portions with the Titanic were out of this world. This lives up to the idea of what being on the Titanic was like, almost like I was watching the James Cameron movie all over again.

I’m a slow reader, so I was surprised to be able to finish this 368 page book in a day, but that just shows how much I enjoyed the story.

In short! Read book one! Ignore the tropes, and enjoy this story!



Rating Report
4 / 5
Character Development
4 / 5
Writing Style
4 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.4 / 5



Adriana Mather is the 12th generation of Mathers in America, and as such her family has their fingers in many of its historical pies – the Mayflower, the Salem Witch Trials, the Titanic, the Revolutionary War, and the wearing of curly white wigs. Also, Adriana co-owns a production company, Zombot Pictures, in LA that has made three feature films in three years. Her first acting scene in a film ever was with Danny Glover, and she was terrified she would mess it up. In addition, her favorite food is pizza and she has too many cats.

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