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Book Review: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

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Publication Date: March 6th 2018


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. Read More.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

I tried picking up The Wicked Deep this time last year and barely got twenty pages into it. I just was not feeling it, something wasn’t clicking. I don’t know what was going on with me last year because this time around I absolutely loved it!

Basically this book is set in a small town called Sparrow where every year three of the towns girls are possessed by the Swan sisters, who were drowned as witches centuries ago, and every summer they come back to take revenge by drowning the towns boys. In this book we follow Penny Talbot who has lived in the town her whole life and by this point accepted its fate, and the new boy in town Bo Carter who doesn’t know what danger he’s walked into.

Like I said I really enjoyed this book. From the plot to the characters to the writing which was poetic and yet practical in it’s storytelling and really added to the atmosphere of the book. I also really liked how it switched occasionally from the present time following Penny to 200 years ago as we got to see the Swan sisters, the villains of this story, as they once were, just girls being persecuted by their neighbours.

What I thought was really cool about this book is that it’s set in summer and yet is the perfect autumnal/Halloween read, perfect for anyone missing the hot weather as it rains in the middle of October. (I wouldn’t know anything about that. It’s nearly November and I’m still wearing shorts).

I really liked Penny as a main character she was sweet and it was really enjoyable to read from her point of view. Plus she has two cats, one of which is called Olga which amused me because my Latin teacher is called Olga and honestly her being a cat fits.

Penny invites a boy, Bo, she’s met approximately one time(!) to live and work on the little island she lives on with her mother after he saves her from the towns local fuck boy which, in my opinion, was really quite idiotic of her and I was ready to write her off as an idiot there and then but a romance soon blossoms between the two. This romance was kind of a case of “intsa-love” but i didn’t mind so much because I really liked them together, they were cute, and I genuinely liked how it turned out in the end.

There’s a twist in this book, as there typically is in any good book and it was simultaneously glaringly obvious and yet completely jarring and out of nowhere even though I’d briefly considered this possibility at the beginning. It didn’t help that I was reading this in bed when I was very sleep and the way it’s revealed is very casual. I must have read the same few lines about five times to help my mostly exhausted brain catch up with what was going on.

Overall I really enjoyed this book so much more then I was ever expecting. I thought it was a great read for this time of the year filled with so much atmosphere and likeable characters. I found out recently that the author is releasing a new book next month called Winterwood which seems like its going to be more fantasy then paranormal but I’m definitely going to be checking it out.

And the best thing is that The Wicked Deep is up for free on Riveted.com until the end of the month.

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