Book Review – The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Summary: A town hidden in the fog. A girl with secrets. A harbor plagued with death.

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow . . .

Two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery in the small coastal town of Sparrow, Oregon. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding town.

Now, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot lives with her mother on Lumiere Island where a lighthouse stands guard over the harbor. Penny knows more than most about the curse that torments the town: about the Swan sisters who were killed two centuries ago. She knows why they return from the brackish sea each summer on the anniversary of their death; she knows the revenge they seek. And she knows how to stop them.

But this year, on the eve of their return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives by happenstance on the last bus into town. He is looking for work and a place to stay, unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into. Penny will warn him, she will try to persuade him to leave, but like many outsiders, he doesn’t truly believe there is danger hidden beneath the waves. He doesn’t believe that three sisters who were killed two hundred years ago could reemerge from the sea; he doesn’t believe they could lure boys into the harbor and pull them under.

For several weeks in June, mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople will turn against one another. Penny and Bo will suspect the other of hiding secrets. And death will come swiftly to those who cannot resist the cajoling call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review: This was a good, quick read. I enjoyed the story and the writing was good.

I liked the relationship between Penny and Bo, but also figured out the ending about 1/2 way through the book. So, it was a bit predictable.

I really thought this was a good story. I read a lot of YA fantasy and almost all of it is about queens and kings and fighting. So, this was a fun YA read about something completely different. Definitely recommend.

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