Haunting The Deep by Adriana Mather Book Review


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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 enjoyed the first book in the How to Hang A Witch series but I was hesitant to start the second becuase I could not see how in the world the author could incorporate the Titanic and actually make it work. How wrong was I? Honestly it worked ! By the way 15 year old me who was obsessed with the Titanic and the current me who still owns more than one Titanic history novel totally geeked out while reading this book.



In Haunting the Deep, Samantha is still dealing with the aftermath from the events in the first book. She is starting to see ghosts again and starts having very real dreams about being a passenger herself on board the famous Titanic. Sam teams up with the Descendants to figure out what is going on and help the spirits she has been seeing.

I loved getting to know each of the Descendants as individuals and I was more than happy when Elijah showed up. I also loved that I did not figure out what exactly was going on before Sam did , making the whole story intriguing and fun for me.


In the end what made Haunting The Deep by Adriana Mather so enjoyable was the rich history. Like the first novel, she used her personal history passed down through generations to build her story and characters. She gave a voice to lesser known heroes of the Titanic and it was wonderful. Fingers crossed for another installment of the How to Hang A Witch series!!

4/5 Stars


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