The Wicked Deep

the wicked deep
By Shea Ernshaw

4/5 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.

This was a fun and spooky read and I fully regret not reading this during the Halloween season, but it was nonetheless a great story! It was jam packed with mystery, mistrust, lies, and death. So basically, all the things that make up a thrilling ghost story! It also had a very exciting romance between Sparrow-born Penny, and newcomer Bo. But like all things in the town of Sparrow nothing is truly as it seems. Penny has a lot of her own secrets hidden on the Island of Lumiere, an island right off the town where Penny lives with her dazed mother. The biggest mystery surrounding Penny is the vanishing of her father years ago. But Penny isn’t the only one keeping things hidden, Bo has his own arsenal of secrets surrounding his visit to sparrow during the deadliest time of the year. With all the secrets and lies in this little town things get interesting. Half the town is trying to figure out who to trust while the other half is just trying to stay alive.
The plot twists Ernshaw throws at you keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole story, and are shocking to say the least. There were a few points where things got confusing and I had to go back and re-read to make sure they were adding up correctly. That was the only thing that prevented a 5-star rating from me, but that may have just been me missing a key detail in the first place. The overall writing style was great and made up for any possible plot holes I was maybe seeing.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good ghost/witch story with a twist in romances and friendships. Would also recommend reading this during the spooky season of Halloween!

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