Review: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Review: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

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For centuries, the three Swan sisters have haunted the town of Sparrow in feminist yet sadistic revenge for their unlawful drowning as allegedly seductive witches. Each year as summer washes in, the vengeful sisters return, possessing teenage girls’ bodies and luring boys out to sea—permanently.

Partly viewed as a coincidental myth, Swan Season has malformed into a spectator sport for both locals and tourists alike. This summer is no different, and power and danger lie within humanity’s innate fear.   Every day is a modern witch-hunt and no one can be trusted, including our narrator and her group of friends. Add into the plot, Bo, a handsome and mysterious stranger arriving at the start of Swan season. Bo becomes captivated by Penny Talbot, a 17-year-old whose life has not been easy; her father has been missing and presumed dead for years and her brokenhearted mother steeps in depression just like the tealeaves she used to read. Although Swan season is brief, everyone ensnared in small town Sparrow must stay alert and pray that they come out alive, including Bo.

A fast-paced, keep you up all night, eerie read, The Wicked Deep is on the radar for best reads from B&N and Goodreads, rightfully so. I could not put down this title. The narrative wraps its ghostly fingers around readers’ already weary minds and calls into question every character introduced. When you look in the mirror, whom do you see? Mystery, suspense, and romance ground this book. Although a young adult read, The Wicked Deep is perfect for teens and adults. There are minor references to sex and underage drinking (by American standards). If you love ghostly witch stories, Hocus Pocus, or Salem, MA, this book is for you.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Simon Pulse for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw [Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing/Simon Pulse 2018]

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