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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

twdThe Wicked Deep
Author Shea Ernshaw
Publisher Simon Pulse | 2018
Pages 310
fantasy | paranormal

3 stars

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. (from Goodreads)

This review is spoiler-freeeee! 🙂 

I’ve been seeing this book everywhere and the synopsis seemed so interesting to me! I love a good paranormal book and this one was wrapped in mystery and suspense. I started the ebook while on the plane ride back from New York and it started off really fast! I got through 30 percent in no time and then I ended up finishing this in two more sittings. The chapters were short and the shift in perspectives makes this a really quick read. I didn’t end up enjoying this as much as I would’ve liked, but it was still a good book!

There’s a twist in this that I did NOT see coming. When I read it I threw my phone down and just stared into space for like a full minute. It added a whole new layer to the story and the characters. That being said, none of the characters really clicked with me. Penny was a fine narrator but I wasn’t super into her. Her relationship with Bo is a bit of an instalove situation, but they did have some really cute moments. There’s only a couple other supporting characters, but they’re not really fleshed out enough to make an impact. The Swan Sisters were the most interesting characters of the book for sure.

The book definitely held my attention because I really wanted to see what was going to happen. But as I was reading the last few pages, I was disappointed. The ending didn’t really sit well with me and I thought the resolution was a bit weird and rushed. I don’t really know what I would’ve liked to see happen, but it was a bit of a let down. I would still recommend this book to anyone who enjoys paranormal mystery or witches!

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