Book Review: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

What’s the Story? (From Goodreads):

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 enjoy witchy books. I had high expectations and although the story was a pretty solid one, I wasn’t fully invested.

The legend of the three sisters was well written and I liked that they came back every year to embody girls in the town. What I didn’t enjoy was Penny’s character when it came to some of her relationships. I didn’t like her best friend and felt indifferent. I also felt no romantic chemistry with Bo. I love a good teen romance, but this just wasn’t it.

The questioning of who was possessed by the sisters was fun and it made for a good mystery. You were always second guessing. So I give props for the paranormal, witchy contents of this book. I just wasn’t a huge fan of the character interactions.

This book will get you in the mood for spooky season and give you some vibes, but it may leave you wanting more.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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