Book Playlist: ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’ by April Genevieve Tucholke


Looking for a spooky read to set the Halloween mood this October? April Genevieve Tucholke has the perfect haunting duet for you. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (and its sequel, Between the Spark and the Burn) is a gothic tale about a smart girl named Violet, a charming liar named River West, and what happens when terrifying rumors that the Devil has come to call on the small town of Echo start flying. These atmospheric books bring the creepy, dark, sexy vibes—they’re the perfect addition to anyone’s October TBR list. Here are some songs that speak to the sultry, unsettling nature of Violet’s story to set the scene while you read:

“Sixteen” by the Heavy

“I saw her dancing with the Devil/And he was wearing my shoes”

“Do I Wanna Know” by the Arctic Monkeys

“Have you no idea that you’re in deep/I dreamt about you nearly every night this week/How many secrets can you keep?/’Cause there’s this tune I’ve found that makes me think of you somehow/And I play it on repeat/Until I fall asleep”

“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” by the Beatles

“I want you/I want you so bad/It’s driving me mad/It’s driving me mad”

“Don’t Gotta Work It Out” by Fitz and the Tantrums

“I don’t know what I’ve been told/The world outside is always so cold/Late at night when you’re alone/Do you think about me now that I’m gone/When I’m on the road I often dream and think of you girl/I hope that you do too”

“No Time” by The Heavy
“Where oh where is the girl that I found/She was the best the sweetest thing in this broken down town…Where is the girl that I found/She used to help me dig up dirt in this graveyard town”

“You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse

“I cheated myself/Like I knew I would/I told you I was trouble/Yeah you know that I’m no good”


“Everyone But You” by the Young Veins

“She comes to me when I dream/I’m tired of counting sheep to see her/I sleep because I need her/And everyone knows it but you, but you/Everybody knows it but you”

Add Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea to your GoodReads list HERE.

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