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Title: The Wicked Deep
Author: Shea Ernshaw
Length: 310 pages
What it’s about (synopsis via 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.
How and when I got it:
I bought the Kindle edition about two years ago.
Why I want to read it:
I picked up a copy of this book after reading the author’s 2019 novel, Winterwood. I loved the writing and the storytelling in that book, and was eager to read her earlier book.
As far as the plot of The Wicked Deep, I’m always up for a good witchy story, and this one sounds sinister and spooky and full of malice. Long-dead witches seeking revenge? I’m in! I really like the sound of the contemporary elements of the story, with a teen girl having to try to find a way to break the cycle. Reading the synopsis once more time as I write this post, I’m intrigued all over again!
I think this book is on my mind right now because I’m taking a look at my upcoming ARCs, and I’m planning to read the author’s next release, A History of Wild Places, in December. Here’s hoping The Wicked Deep and A History of Wild Places are both just as good as Winterwood!
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9 thoughts on “Shelf Control #295: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw”
Sound interesting, and it seems a lot of witchy reads are coming my way; this week’s pick is The Familiars which you’d featured earlier and my recent read/upcoming review The Hangman’s Daughter is once again the same.
The Hangman’s Daughter is another one that I have on my Kindle but never got to! I do enjoy witch-themed reading, so I hope to get to all of these at some point.
I think I’d downloaded it when it was on offer a couple of years ago. I picked it for German Lit Month. Enjoyed it a lot and only from the afterword did I realise that even the main characters were historical. My review should be up tomorrow.
I think I might have an unread eARC of this book, oops. It looks so familiar! I hope you get the chance to read it soon😁
No matter how hard I try, I fall behind on my ARCs… not to mention all the great e-book deals I grab and then forget about.
I read this book a long time ago, but I still remember it, I absolutely adored the story and the atmosphere it has 😍😍😍✨👏🏻
Fantastic! That’s so great to hear!
I haven’t read this one although I do recall being interested – hope you get a chance to pick it up and that it works out well for you.
Thank you! I’ll probably read the upcoming new book first, but I’m hoping to get to this one soon too.