THE MUSIC OF THE DEEP is the kind of book that I felt hooked
me right from the very first page. If I could, I would read
non-stop until I finished the book, alas I started late in
the evening and then had to sleep. I wish more books were
like this, captivating and beautifully written.
Alexandra Turner has fled all over the country to settle in
a little coastal town on Puget Sound. An article in a
newspaper made her leave her abusive husband, and her job to
travel all the way to the little town that is said to be the
most haunted town in Washington. Alexandra herself is
haunted by memories, and as the story progresses, we learn
more about her life growing up and the years she suffered
both physical and psychological abuse in a marriage she
couldn't leave. We also get to know the women she befriends
in the little town who like Alexandra have been through a
lot in their lives. Alexandra can't really settle down, part
of her is always on edge, and soon she starts to wonder if
the house she is living in is really haunted, or could it be
that there is someone that wants to harm her?
One thing that really made me pleased about THE MUSIC OF THE
DEEP was how well Elizabeth Hall explained the reasons for a
woman to stay in an abusive relationship. I have always
thought "why don't you just leave?," but this book really
opened my eyes to the threats that a woman faces, not only
to her own life but to the ones around her. There is a
really chilling moment when Alexandra remembers sitting in
the car with her husband, and he calmly threatens someone
close to her if she leaves. All she had to hope for is one
day he would die, and she would be free. However, then
something turns her world upside down, and she packs
everything she needs and just leaves.
THE MUSIC OF THE DEEP is a book that engrossed me; it also
made me sad and angry while I read about the life of
Alexandra and the other women in the little town. It's a
book that doesn't give you all the answers at the end of the
book, just like life never gives you all the answers.
However, it's a book that has enriched my life for the better.
Fleeing an abusive marriage and tormented by her past,
Alexandra Turner finds solace in a small coastal town on
Puget Sound and a job with a local marine biologist studying
After befriending a group of locals, Alex learns that she
has moved to a place that has a reputation of being the
â€śmost haunted town in Washington.â€ť Such superstitions would
be easy to dismissâ€¦if Alex wasnâ€™t already on edge.
Haunted by shreds of memories of her days with her husband,
Alex canâ€™t keep from looking over her shoulder. As
unexplained sounds and scents accumulate and unnerving
forces seem to take hold, Alex is beginning to believe that
sheâ€™s not escaping her ghosts, after all. In fact, she might
finally be inviting them in.