‘From the Deep’ by Kateri Stanley
Julian Finch, widower and fisherman, awakes to learn that the bodies of two colleagues have washed up on the beach of Drake Cove. The close-knit community is under fierce public scrutiny due to a long-standing tradition called “The Culling”, the annual slaughter of pilot whales for consumption. An act which divides the nation.
The suspects are the extreme animal rights group, the Fighters Against Animal Cruelty (FAAC) who go wherever the politics is trending. They’ve been harassing the small fishing town for many years, smashing up their boats and sending vicious hate mail.
Tensions mount after a viral video, uploaded by the FAAC of Julian killing a pregnant whale, causes uproar online and in real life. In the aftermath, Julian becomes the victim of hate crime. In order to avoid further life-threatening attacks, Julian and his daughter take refuge in the home of Frank Blothio: ex-fisherman turned writer and political activist who does not have the best history with the animal rights movement, or Drake Cove as a whole.
As Julian integrates into the Blothio way of life, he discovers heinous secrets and disturbing truths lurking beneath the skin of his hometown that will change his life forever.
One of the most shocking scenes ‘Seaspiracy’ , a documentary which clearly had an impact upon attitudes towards the fishing industry, was the slaughter of the whales in the Faroe Islands which arrives at the culmination of the movie.
Kateri Stanley’s novel, ‘From the Deep’ reimagines these sort of events in the small village of Drake Cove. As with most small places in literature, characters have secret pasts and long-standing enmities which only emerge as the modern world of technology sees traditions emerge on social media and all hell break lose.
There’s a whiff of a fictionalised version of Jon Ronson’s ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’ in Stanley’s work. What would it actually be like for a community to be subjected to the sort of scrutiny which few of us are pure enough to survive unscathed.
Kateri Stanley is a pseudonym for a multi-genre fiction writer and this shows in her writing. She is comfortable switching between and first and third person voices and has a commanding, authoritative authorial voice.
‘From the Deep’ is a novel which rips along and will make perfect summer holiday reading – for those prepared to deal with the plotting of a thriller and the ethics of animal rights and the modern age.
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Author Bio –
Kateri Stanley is a pseudonym for the multi-genre fiction writer. Since being a child, Kateri has been inspired by the wondrous mediums of books, music, TV and film. After working in the healthcare industry for eight years and studying for an Arts and Humanities degree, she made the decision to move cities in the West Midlands and live with her ever-suffering partner and their felines. Her debut novel ‘Forgive Me’ was published by indie press house, DarkStroke Books in 2021 and it reached #1 in the US Horror Fiction charts on Amazon. She is currently working on her third novel, Bittersweet Injuries and would love to pursue a full-time career in writing.
Social Media Links –
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