The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw – Review

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Synopsis Logo

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.

My Rating Logo5 star logo

An eerily captivating tale of three sisters and their unrelenting revenge.

My Thoughts

I’ve been intrigued by this book for a while, so when I spotted it at my local library, I knew it was time to delve into the deep for myself. Witches have always been an interest to me and stories told about them tend to be completely spellbinding – I can definitely feel the sprinkling of magical dust in this one.

The tale of the three Swan sisters is ultimately what drew me in and also what kept me captivated. I found their story really interesting and enjoyed the little snippets that were revealed after every other chapter. I have a lot of sympathy for the sisters and for what they endured. Their past is completely heartbreaking and their death’s ultimately made me quite emotional. I believe their revenge was warranted and I didn’t feel very sorry for the town of Sparrow. Revenge is after all – sweet.

Innocent lives being picked off one by one is never nice, but I myself love the darkness of it all, that’s the best bit 😉 – It almost felt like a ghost story in certain places. The atmosphere was really quite eerie and supernatural, I lapped it up!

There’s a hell of a lot of emotions running high in this book and it was completely unexpected. The sadness runs deep and the secrets and deception even deeper. I loved the mystery and the intrigue, it kept me on the edge of my seat and always reaching for another chapter, then another (let’s just say I was up quite late most nights)!

The romance was really enjoyable and quite subtle, yet not at the same time. The story definitely runs on love, but there’s so much more to it than that. There are lots of little mysteries to be solved and people to suspect, though I knew from the beginning how this would go. Whilst the ‘twist’ was predictable, it was still really enjoyable to read.

I have the tiniest negative feeling about this book, but it wasn’t enough to mark it down. The ending kind of had me feeling multiple things and that wasn’t necessarily good. I liked it, but I just had a little issue and it ultimately stems from my own personal feelings on relationships and how people should ‘feel’ whilst in them. I know that probably sounds weird – like wtf Sarah?! If you’ve read it then maybe you will know what I mean and maybe not.

Either way, I really did love this story and recommend it to fans of witchy/ghost stories.

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If you’ve read The Wicked Deep, please let me know what you thought and how you felt about the ending!

I hope you enjoyed, until next time ❣

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21 thoughts on “The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw – Review”

  1. Oh. My. Nature Spirits. Give me this story. Give it to me now. Witch stories are my fave. Ghost stories are a favourite. Love stories… well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

    Great review! I am going to have to push this to the very top of my tbr and then we can discuss that ending! 🙂

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