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. (Goodreads)
* An honest review given in exchange for an advanced copy. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher. I give The Wicked Deep 5 out of 5 stars. *
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw was way better than I imagined it could be. I felt like I lived in the town, knew the characters, was part of the tradition. I could smell the salty sea air and feel the rain drops on my skin. It was vivid, atmospheric, visual, and engaging.
atmospheric setting that works as a character - dark and gloomy, rainy, and cursed, small town vibes
everything's just a little.....off
characters you can root for!
characters you don't trust!
~is~ there a wrong and right in this world?
none of the townies question the magic of the place, to the point that they throw parties and dare each other to do dangerous things
most of the book takes place in the same area of the town
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw will be published on March 6, 2018.