Title: The Wicked Deep
Author: Shea Ernshaw
Publish Date: March 6, 2018 by Simon Pulse
# of Pages: 320
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(From Goodreads) Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…
Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.
Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.
Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.
Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.
But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.
Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 4
Pace – 4
Plot Development – 4
Ending – 4
Characters – 4
Enjoyability – 5
Ease of Reading – 5
Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw is a creepy tale of three sisters who were sentenced to death for witchcraft two centuries prior. Though they drowned, they never really died, and continue to haunt the town every summer. By stealing the bodies of young women, their goal is to entice men to fall in love with them. Once smitten, the Swan sisters drown the unsuspecting men.
Creepy, right? But creepy in all the right ways. This book actually gave me the chills while reading it. The Wicked Deep was well-written and well-paced. It kept my interest the whole way through and was hard to put down!
The story concept is both completely morbid and utterly fascinating. I loved it. The plot unfolds slowly–but not too slowly. With each page, you’re fed more and more of the tale, and you quickly realize that all is not what it seems to be. I enjoyed having my assumptions toyed with as I tried to figure out what was going to happen next.
While the book kept me guessing, the ending didn’t. It was a little predictable, but it still made for a solid ending.
I enjoyed the characters in this book. The Swan sisters were well done, each with their own unique personalities. Penny was easily relatable, and I felt attached to her almost immediately. Bo was also well-written. The book left Bo in such an odd place emotionally. I couldn’t help but feel a lot of sympathy towards Bo–throughout the book, but especially at the end. He seemed like a genuinely nice person who had gone through hard times. His time with Penny and the Swan sisters were equally off-kiltering.
Overall, this book was an enjoyable read. It was close to being a 5-star book for me–I was teetering on the edge while rating it! If you haven’t picked it up already, you should consider it. And let’s talk about the cover a moment, shall we? It’s beautiful. The naked cover is just as gorgeous as the dust jacket. I can’t get enough of it!
What did you like about The Wicked Deep? If you haven’t read it yet, is it on your TBR list?
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