Deep Water by Lu Hersey

Deep Water

Written by Lu Hersey

13+ readers   11+ readers   
Download an extract Add to wishlist Share this book

The Lovereading4Kids comment

Winner of the Mslexia Children's Novel Competition.

Danni’s mother disappears without warning, a terrifying thought for any young girl. Just fifteen, Danni goes to stay with her father in a tiny fishing village and there finds out all sorts of secrets about her family, strange mysteries that might help her bring her mother back. It’s a great story, full of magic and myth, and very well told. The action moves at a real pace, but Hersey still finds time to establish Danni, her friends and neighbours as proper characters. The setting with its ancient villages and windswept beaches is wonderfully atmospheric and magic oozes from the pages. Perfect summer holiday reading. ~ Andrea Reece

A Piece of Passion from Sarah Stewart, Usborne Publishing It’s no surprise to me that Deep Water won an award and praise from Malorie Blackman herself before it was even published! Without giving too much away, the slow-burning intrigue of the opening chapters had me utterly gripped, and the stunning underwater scenes transported me beneath the waves so entirely that I was practically holding my breath the whole time. An irresistible blend of mystery, magic and romance, set against the beautiful Cornish coast, this is a perfect summer read.


Deep Water by Lu Hersey

When her mum vanishes, Danni moves to a tiny Cornish fishing village with Dad - where the locals treat her like a monster. As the village's dark, disturbing past bubbles to the surface, Danni discovers that she's not who - or what - she thought she was. And the only way to save her family from a bitter curse is to embrace her incredible new gift.

Deep Water reflects Lu Hersey’s interest in Celtic myth and folklore, systems of ritual, magic and pagan belief that stretch far back into prehistory. She comments: “I’m fascinated by the unwritten legacy handed down to us through the generations via oral tradition, and the deceptively simple things that people use to create powerful magic – sometimes for good, sometimes for bad, but always in a way that is very real to those who believe in it.”

The novel is Lu’s take on the ancient Celtic selkie myth and is inspired by a belief that “just because we can’t prove something scientifically, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. And the possibility that such things are real makes the world a far more interesting place.”


Outstanding,....I raced through it Malorie Blackman

About the Author

Loading similar books...

Other Formats

Book Info




Lu Hersey
More books by Lu Hersey


Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

1st July 2015




Lovereading is just a convenient way to find new books and hear others opinions on them.

Sarah Murray – age 15

I love Lovereading4kids because I get an opportunity to put my opinion forward and to try new books

Elosie Clarkson – age 11

Love “Lovereading4kids” as my son gets to hear about & read new books before his mates which keeps him interested in reading=a very happy Mum

Liz Evans

At @HHSHaringey we love @lovereading4kids because our pupils can practice reviewing & get free upcoming books before anyone else!

Helen Swinyard – Heartlands High

LoveReading4Kids is a modern and creative way of emphasising the value and importance of books in this digital age #booksforlife

Amrit Bunet – Teen

It is fantastic, you get to read lots of books and you always find something new and amazing in them.

Erica Motoc, age 7

I love lovereading4kids because I’ve read amazing books I would never have picked up, and its opened doors to new genre’s I now love.

Harriet Cunningham

It gives me a chance to read types of books that I would not normally try, and it motivates me to read every night to finish it!

Alice Horncastle, age 14

Lovereading 4 schools