'The Depths' Book Club Readalong Day 4!By: OwlCrate . Photo By: @bloomgirl_books
Welcome back to the fourth day of our book club readalong for OwlCrate's September book, The Depths by Nicole Lesterance!
Just a reminder that this will be a SPOILER discussion for Chapters 22-28 of The Depths, so make sure you read are finished this section before continuing.
Discussion questions are listed below, and anyone who participates in the comments will be entered to win a free OwlCrate box! Don't forget, you can also post about the readalong on Instagram with the hashtag #OCTheDepths for another chance to win!
The story continues...
At the Wells’ house Addie finds something carved into Lenora’s harp - “J - may this music bring me your love.” When Addie pretends to strum the non-existent strings she has a coughing fit, splattering the floor with blood causing vines to start to encompass her. With Billy’s help, she escapes, and on the way out grabs a pocket knife from the wall, which exactly matches the one the statue in the cave was holding.
That night Addie wakes once again sleepwalking - she’s late to meet Sean who knocks on her door. Together they head to the cenote while Addie tells him all the things that happened that day, but he assures her he doesn’t think she’s actually in any danger. The dive in.
Back in the Cathedral the bracelet is missing and Sean convinces Addie to go further - to swim through a narrow tunnel that she’s not comfortable with. But with a lot of coaxing she agrees to swim through, hearing voices talking to her that Sean apparently can’t hear. On the other side is a set of stone steps.
At the top of the steps is a cave containing water falling into a vastly deep hole, and Sean urges Addie to touch it. He calls it the heart of the island, using it to prove that she has nothing to fear. Using the water he paints her portrait on the wall - one that exactly matches the paper Addie and Billy found. Addie asks Sean to hang out with her and Billy later in the afternoon, and he agrees.
On the way back the flowers and plants change color and move around them. Sean tells Addie the island is happy.
When Addie wakes Billy greets her outside and she constructs a new bracelet for Violet, hoping she won’t notice. Violet very much does notice, getting angry and calling Addie a liar, along with revealing that Addie and Sean have been hanging out together. Violet leaves, and Billy also is now angry with Addie for lying. Deciding to keep hating herself while floating in the cool ocean, she grabs her bathing suit, but when she’s halfway down to the beach she hears screaming from the lighthouse.
Running to the lighthouse Melinda bursts outside in a haze of smoke, Sean following behind her. Except Sean is not the same person that Addie has been meeting every night. Addie suspects that it was Violet who started the fire in the lighthouse in her rage. Addie heads back to the villa, worrying that Violet may target it next. Luckily the villa isn’t on fire, but looking through the book about the island Addie finds an illustration matching the style of the one the boy drew on the cave wall by Jonah Burke. She heads out searching for him.
Addie and her mom spend the afternoon together floating in the ocean. When they are about to head back to the villa, she finds a drawing of herself with the words “I’m sorry” written underneath.
- Why do you think the bracelet is so important to Violet?
- Why do you think it seems that Violet can influence the island, but the same isn’t true for Billy?
- Do you think Violet will cause any more destruction in her anger?
- Recommend another book that features a ghost story!
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