“Wicked Deep” by Shea Ernshaw


asteriaiconLook at this beautiful cover!! Look at it!!! It is so pretty and shiny and sparkly! I kept seeing it pop up on my Instagram feed, so I looked up the synopsis and had to have it!

In 1822, 3 sisters arrived in Sparrow, Oregon, on a fur trading vessel. The Swan sisters were beautiful, and fell in love with the men in town, often including the married ones. The townsfolk began to believe the sisters were witches, putting spells on their husbands to make them unfaithful. Finally, on a June evening in 1823, the towns people dropped the sisters in the ocean with stones tied to their ankles, and the sisters were drowned. Now, every June the sisters come back from the dead in order to possess the bodies of 3 teen girls, luring boys to their death to punish the town for what they did so many years ago.

Penny Talbot lives on Lumiere Island, just off the coast of Sparrow. She struggles to maintain a school life and her home life. Her father went missing 3 years ago, and her mother waits for his return every morning at the edge of a cliff. Penny has to maintain the lighthouse and try to keep them alive, living off their father’s meager savings.

Penny’s problems seem to be answered when Bo shows up in town, a stranger looking for work. She decides to give him the job of light house keeper, partly to give her a break and partly to keep Bo safe. Bo showed up in town on the night of the Swan Party, a yearly event where the teens in town gather on the beach to celebrate the end of the school year and the start of Swan Season, the time when the sisters’ song over the ocean starts, and the girls are possessed. It is also the start of tourist season, where the streets are full of tourists all trying to catch a glimpse at the towns witchy past. If Bo stays on Lumiere Island, perhaps she can keep him from getting killed.

I was SO excited to read this book! The cover was so alluring and the reviews were so promising. For the first time in a long long time, the Instagram photos and the reviews did NOT disappoint!! I LOVED this book! I thought the plot was brilliant, very reminiscent of Hocus Pocus, yet still rather original. I loved the relationship of Penny and Bo, and the entire mystery surrounding the Swan Sisters, their song, and their vengeance. I burned through this book in one sitting, it was just so good and the writing was elegant and spellbinding! I just couldn’t put it down! For perhaps the first time, I was actually disappointed this was not a series! Too often books are made into series that could have been served better as a stand-alone, but this was the exact opposite. I wanted more!!! The author could have written one book for each sister, describing their life and their possessions and I would have yelled “Take My Money!!!” Having said that, it does do well as a stand-alone book, and I do appreciate breaking from the norm of series that currently happens.

I have done some googling and found out that Netflix won an auction to make this into a movie and I could not be more thrilled! I think this will transition to the big (or little) screen very nicely. I cannot wait to see what else this author comes up with in the future!!

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