Book Review: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

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A perfect read for my honeymoon in Mexico.

The Wicked Deep was one of the most beautiful and whimsical novels I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. It has definitely secured its spot as my favorite of 2018 thus far.

It’s hard not to enjoy Shea Ernshaw’s writing style. She has a way of giving you the creeps, but also capturing you in the net that is the town of Sparrow. I couldn’t put this one down for long before my mind wandered back to the story of the Swan sisters.

I initially thought this would have something to do with Salem, MA… maybe because of the word “Wicked” or maybe because hearing a plot about witches automatically makes me think of Salem. All I know is that this story was compelling and not at all what I thought it was going to be like. It was definitely a treat.

This novel was based in Sparrow, a town that seemed to be in its own little world. Many, many years ago, the residents of Sparrow accused three sisters of witch craft and drowned them. The stories of the three sisters, Marguerite, Aurora and Hazel, were incredibly intriguing. They were accused of seducing men and casting spells.  Every year after their deaths, boys hear the sound of singing and end up drowning for no reason that can be explained.

The main character is Penny, a girl who lives with her mother on a small island. She is a bit of an outcast, always feeling like she doesn’t belong. This year, the Swan festival is feeling much, much different. Penny and her mother have the gift of reading tea leaves, and she has been seeing a boy in her future for awhile now. She does not suspect that the boy will become much more than a stranger to her.

The romance in this book leaned a bit towards “insta-love”, which is not one of my favorite tropes. However, it was pretty believable and honestly I had a crush on Bo since the minute he showed up anyway. Once the story starts to come together in the end, everything will make sense. That’s all I’m going to say!

I did NOT see the plot twists coming in this. I knew SOMETHING was going on, but I didn’t see everything. This was such a well thought out and intricate story. I definitely recommend this to anyone, and if I did a re-read it would definitely be in October!

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