Fathom Book Review

Title: Fathom
By: Merrie Destefano
Publication Date: October 1, 2012
Pages: 319

Everything is changing . . .
Turning sixteen can be hell, especially if everyone in town thinks your mother killed herself and your sister. All Kira Callahan wants to do is swim, hang out with her best friend, Sean, and ignore the kids who torment her at school. That is, until one day when she gets invited to a party. For three minutes her life is wonderful—she even kisses Sean in the driveway. Then somebody spikes her drink at the party and some girls from out of town lure her into the ocean and hold her underwater.
Kira soon discovers that the group of wild teenagers who have come to visit Crescent Moon Bay are not as innocent as they seem. In fact, nothing is as it seems—not the mysterious deaths of her sister and mother, not her heritage, not even her best friend. And everything seems to hinge on the ancient Celtic legends that her mother used to tell her as a child.

This story starts with two character's stories alternating between short chapters in what, seems like, completely different time periods.  The writing style was a bit uncommon in the sense that the first few chapters leave you with questions and even a bit confused.  I wasn't sure, in those first few chapters, if I was going to like this book.  Then, the seemingly unrelated stories slowly start to converge on each other and you're pretty much hooked at that point.  I really couldn't put it down.

It is a strange story but all the more enchanting for its strangeness.  I would've liked just a little bit more description of some of the male lead characters.  I didn't feel like I could really picture them.  Despite the fact that I couldn’t get a very clear picture of those two male characters in my mind, I still loved and connected with them.  I can't wait to read the next book because this, undoubtedly, has series written all over it.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Fathom at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. 


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