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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw was the book I recieved in March Under the Sea Book box club box. I had noticed this book before and was really interested in reading it.


Two hundred years ago,  in a small water side town of Sparrow three sisters Marguerite, Aurora and Hazel Swan were sentenced to death for witchcraft, they were drowned in the Ocean that surrounds the town. For the last two hundred years between the 1st June till the summer solstice on the 21st June men have drowned in the sea at the hand of the Swan sister. Every year they take over three female bodies and use them to extract their revenge on the town.

Seventeen year old Penny Talbot has been brought up on the stories of the Swan sisters, she has accepted that every year men will die and there is nothing she or the town people can do. Until an outsider Bo Carter comes to Sparrow just before the return of the sisters, unaware of the danger he is in, Penny decided that she must save him from the Swan sisters.

Penny and Bo must find out which girls have taken over, while keeping their own secrets and dealing with the lies and mistrust spreading though the town. Put in the end Penny will need to decide who she will save.


The Wicked Deep is beautifully written, it captures the mood of Sparrow perfectly. The book is mainly written from Penny POV, but we do get some chapters show us the lives of the Swan sister before they deaths. I found the lives of the Swan sister very interesting and would liked to have read more them.

The book has a great twist that I didn’t see coming, and made the book more interesting. a twist is coming but you find it hard to guess what it is.

One of the other parts of the. book I liked was trying to guess which girls the swan sisters had possessed.

I was not surprised with how the town reacted to the Swan sister, as it was common for women be executed for witchcraft if they were different. Although this book is a fantasy it helps grounds the book by having a real connection to the past.


I give this book 4.1 out of 5


Thanks for reading

Gem x

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