The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Posted July 9, 2018 by Amber in Reviews / 2 Comments

The Wicked Deep

The Wicked Deep

by Shea Ernshaw

Publisher: Simon Pulse on March 6, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Ghost Story, Paranormal
Target Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: ★★★★★

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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.


Remember that post I did a few weeks about about beachside reads and I’m not a beachside person, but here are some books? I wish I had read this book back then because The Wicked Deep is such a perfect summer read.

Seriously, this book has everything:

Love story? Check.

Secluded island? Definitely.

Witches? Of course.

Ghosts? The best!

And it’s predictable as anything, but in a good way, you know?  When you want something to happen, then it does, and you’re all like HAH.  IN YOUR FACE UNIVERSE I WAS RIGHT.  And then you keep reading fervently until you are done with the book.  Because you can’t stop.

The Wicked Deep is like that.

It’s about this little town of Sparrow that it haunted by the ghosts of three sisters who were drowned for being witches (read: lady sex adventurers) and falling in love/lust with the wrong person.  The chapters of the Swan Sisters are peppered throughout the story like tiny tasty morsels of memory.  They were my favorite chapters.  But we spend most our time with Penny Talbot.

Penny lives alone with her mum on the island where she upkeeps the lighthouse and takes care of her mother.  Her best friend is Rose, and her mother runs a little shop for “forgetful cakes” on the mainland.  Our story takes place during Swan Season – the handful of weeks in June before summer solstice when the Swan Sisters haunt the town of Sparrow, inhabiting the bodies of young girls and during boys to the ocean to drown.

Oh, that’s right.  This book also has murder.

There’s a wild hunt to figure out who the girls are and what’s going to happen, and who is this strange Bo character anyway… what’s his game?  The story really wraps you up and it’s remarkable well written in such a way that the words claim you and you drown in the story until you’re at the end and left breathless.

This is very easily a one sitting book and excuse me I’m just going to sit in this corner and wait for Shea Ernshaw to write more things so I can read them.  Thanks.

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★★
Plot: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★★

5 Star Rating


The Wicked Deep Stays On The Shelf

I loved the vibes in this book so much.  I’m a sucker for a good, spooky story set in the Pacific Northwest!  I will definitely pick this one back up for a timely, seasonal read.  Looking forward to Shea Ernshaw’s next book!


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2 responses to “The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

    • Amber

      The atmosphere is SO SO good. I loved this so much more than I thought I would – I hope you adore it.