The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

The Wicked Deep by Shea ErnshawThe Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Published by Simon Pulse on March 6, 2018
Genres: Supernatural, Romance, Young Adult, Macabre
Pages: 320
Source: Library

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.

I think my reading experience for The Wicked Deep was doomed from the beginning. My expectations were too high because of the many ravings by bloggers, authors, and the already announced Netflix adaptation. Don’t get me wrong, this book wasn’t horrible, but I felt like it should have been better.

I’m not 100% sure why this book didn’t workout for me, but I suspect it mostly had to do with the fact that I was often able to correctly guess where the story was headed. I try not to, but more often than not, I find myself scrutinizing characters, guessing the decisions they will make, and contemplating what the most logical and/or shocking outcome the author can conjure up . I really need to learn how to kick this bad habit, because it’s helped ruin too many books for me.

This review was purposefully left mini and vague, because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone interested in reading this book. The Wicked Deep is built on WTF moments, and I don’t think it has much else going for it once they are revealed.

If you love macabre, supernatural books, and aren’t the type to scrutinize story-lines, you might enjoy this book.

*One last irrelevant thought – this book cover is stunning! It’s a bummer I didn’t love this book, because it would have looked gorgeous on my bookshelf.


12 thoughts on “The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

  1. Oh man. I’ve heard great things about this book, and it sounds so good. I didn’t even know about the Netflix adaptation. However, I’ve hit this same roadblock a couple of times with overly hyped books in the past couple of months. I just find them to be “meh” and lacking. I will still leave this on my Goodreads list and will see if my library gets a copy in, but I won’t be rushing out to buy it any time soon. Thanks for the honest review.

    • bookslaying says:

      Sometimes I wish that I didn’t read so many reviews for books because it definitely colors my feelings.

  2. Agree with you on hyped up books. I don’t generally have good luck with witch books, though I have liked a few. Sorry this wasn’t great for you. On the other hand, it could be good on Netflix. I will keep an open mind.

    • bookslaying says:

      Yes! I think there’s a chance that the movie adaption could be better, if they tweaked the story a bit.

      • If there are a lot of WTF moments then it should lend itself well to a film adaptation. They can fluff the rest out with pretty water shots xD I received it in a book box but haven’t read it yet (story of my life). It is a shame if it’s another over-hyped book though. The cover at least is pretty enough to stay on the shelf. Thanks for keeping the review anti-spoiler 🙂

  3. Oh wow a Netflix adaptation? Damn. I liked this one, but didn’t *love* it (and I agree, I keep wanting to buy the hardcover because it’s so pretty but… I know that is not a responsible life choice hah). I liked the atmosphere and the story, but in the end it felt kind of… easy? Idk, I just wasn’t sure how I felt about it at the end. But I am really sorry it didn’t work out for you- I am definitely curious about this adaptation though! Great review!

    • bookslaying says:

      You definitely should! There’s a lot of other readers who love it. I might just be the odd one out of the bunch haha

  4. I’m sorry you didn’t like this book as much as you hoped to! I’m planning on reading it soon, can’t wait to meet the characters 🙂

    • bookslaying says:

      I hear ya! I just weeded out some books in my Goodreads TBR shelf, because there’s so many books, and I’ll never get to them all.

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