Review: The Wicked Deep

Review: The Wicked Deep

Title: The Wicked Deep

Author: Shea Ernshaw

Published: 6 March 2018

Format: Hardback, library book

Pages: 310

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Rating: 3 out of 5.


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


One of my librarian friends runs a virtual book club (YA for Adults) and The Wicked Deep was October’s pick! We wanted something spooky, haunting, and that would leave us chills in the end, and I think that this book delivered on that.

The story itself is quite dark and left me feeling….weird, but it is the most atmospheric book I think I’ve ever read. I really felt like I was in Sparrow, experiencing the dreary weather, and waiting with anxiety for the Swan sisters to make their move. The paranormal aspect was really well done, and it is clear that Ernshaw knows how to write a paranormal mystery in a way that really pulls the reader in.

I liked The Wicked Deep, but the romance and the lack of information is what pulled it from a 4 star to a 3 star for me. Everyone wanted to keep their secrets, which makes sense, except the reader does need to know more than the absolute minimum. I felt like information was dropped on me within the last 40 pages, so there was no real build up to a satisfying conclusion. Things just happened, and then it ended in the most meh way.

However, if you’re looking for a quick, haunting read, I do recommend The Wicked Deep. It will satisfy your spooky needs, especially when we can’t really go out and enjoy Halloween or October in general because, pandemic (I’m also in the USA where it’s a total mess….haha…:(…I’m crying…).

Happy reading!

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