ARC Review: The Wicked Deep

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Genres: YA paranormal
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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.

I really liked this.

The Wicked Deep takes place in a small town in Oregon named Sparrow. Every year on June 1 three sisters come back from the dead and inhabit the bodies of three teenage girls. In 1883 the Swan sisters were accused of being witches and thrown into the ocean to drown. Every year because of this they seduce the boys in the town and then drown them as revenge for being murdered by the town over 200 years ago.

Our main character Penny Talbot lives in Sparrow and is resigned to the fact that every year just as school ends, the sisters come back, and the murders begin again. But this year something is different. Because this is a widely known local legend, every year there is an influx of tourists coming in to see if they can get a glimpse of the sisters, but one boy named Bo stumbles into town looking for work and has no idea what happens every year or who the Swan sisters are.

I really can’t say anything else about the plot because it’d be considered a spoiler. I think it’s just best to go into this just knowing the blurb of the book and nothing more. This is a paranormal mystery and it kept me on my toes the entire time. Honestly, I was kind of confused almost the entire time but never in a frustrating way. I was just dying to what the fuck was going on. I wanted to know who the Swan sisters were possessing and how exactly everything would end.

The weakest part of the book was probably the romance, but it wasn’t even because of the characters, it was just a bit underdeveloped compared to everything else. Since Penny is the MC and we’re in her POV throughout the story, we didn’t learn that much about Bo (but what we did I liked.) There is also a case of insta-love, I’ve definitely read worse but it’s still there a little bit.

I loved that we got glimpses from 200 years ago. We got to see a little bit of how the Swan sisters were while they were alive. Overall, this had a creepy and atmospheric vibe and I recommend it to readers who like YA paranormal and fantasy. Also the cover is absolutely drool-worthy and it fits the story perfectly!

**ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

four stars

18 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Wicked Deep

  1. Lovely review! This is the first I’m hearing of this book, but “paranormal mystery” is one of those phrases that immediately grabs my attention ^_^ I’m so glad you enjoyed this!


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