Somewhere in the Shallow Sea – Book Review



Somewhere in the Shallow Sea by Dennis Macaraeg

In this suspenseful thriller, two lovers are in a race against all odds in the jungles of the Philippines to save their kidnapped friend.

Somewhere in the Shallow Sea will test characters’ development in order to outwit the man who is after the scientific compound they brought as ransom.



The whole plot of this book can be summarized in two paragraphs which are given in the book cover blurb. They are so apt for this book and there is nothing extra or that’s not relevant. This is a short, crisp and adventure-filled book.

Two lovers who were separated a few years ago unite again to save a person who is kidnapped by a Philippines local don in exchange for a compound that’s supposed to save the species of fish from extinction.



There are mainly three characters: the two lovers – Danny and Helen and Helen’s cousin and Danny’s best friend, Blake who gets kidnapped.

This is told from Danny’s point of view and I loved that he took the right decisions all the time and anyone could relate to him.

Helen is a strong woman who doesn’t need anyone to take care of her and she is brave enough to travel all around Philippines to find her cousin.



The writing style was what stands out in this novel. His writing was so fluid and the totally complementary to the novel and the story.

There was one thing that requires special mention here. The plot is written and plotted in such a great way. This story requires fast paced adventures where the two main characters travel around the country, taking help from people and arranging the money to be paid as ransom. But the plot is not always fast, it slows down a bit in the middle but the flow isn’t disturbed at all.




  • If you like adventure novels
  • You like well plotted and well-paced novels
  • You are looking for something short and simple yet very complex


  • You don’t like short reads
  • You don’t like the adventure genre

I’ll give it a 5/5 stars.

*This book was provided to me from the author in exchange for a honest review.*

You can view it on Goodreads and Amazon.




This guest review was contributed by Vrushali. Vrushali reads books like people eat food. As an aspiring writer, she enjoys examining the form of writing when she reviews books.

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