The Wicked Deep | Shea Ernshaw | Review

“I’m not leaving here without you. Even if it means I have to wait. I’ll wait. I’ll wait in this miserable place for as long as it takes. And if you want me to stay, then i’ll stay. I’ll fucking stay here forever if you ask me to”

“Magic is not always formed from words, from cauldron brewing spices or black cats strolling down dark alleys. Some curses are manifested from desire or injustice”

“Memories can settle into a place: fog that lingers long after it should have blown out to sea, voices from the past that take root in the foundation of a town, whispers and accusations that grow in the moss along the sidewalks and up the walls of old homes”*

*Sorry for the quote overload, one of the reasons I gave this book 5 stars is based on the fact I found some of my favourite quotes in the 300 short pages this story takes**





Sparrow, is a cursed town. A town whereby two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death by drowning as they were believed to be witches. A brutal drowning involved having stones attached to their ankles to ensure that the drowning of each would be successful. However, the town of Sparrow did not expect the three sisters to return, in the body of a current resident, once a year in order to seek revenge. Revenge whereby each sister lures a boy into the harbour and pulls them under water, thus drowning them like they once were. However, this year is different, whilst residents accepts the fate of the town, Bo Carter arrives and turns their beliefs upside down, especially that of Penny Talbot. Each of them have a secret they are not willing to share with each other. As time moves closer to the girls having to return to the sea for another year; will Penny choose to save herself or Bo?


I was apprehensive about going into this book as I had heard very mixed reviews from people I normally have the same genre taste as. However, I am pleased to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the world that the author created and was so immersed in the characters and the plot. This is only a short story with a little over 300 pages but without a doubt it packed a punch. I feel like the story was probably a 4 star for me but this book provided me with some of my favourite quotes of all time and therefore I gave it a well deserved 5 stars. I found myself backing the “ship” more and more as the story continued. I don’t know whether I was too immersed in the story and missed hints throughout but I actually didn’t see the ending coming which shocked me. I had many different theories but the actual outcome was not one of them, I love it when a book doesn’t feel predictable and takes me by surprise. I feel like this book ended at just the right time and I can’t find anything missing that I would have liked to have seen. The authors writing style is beautiful, the story flowed like prose and it meant that I struggled to put it down. I definitely snuck in a few chapters when I shouldn’t have.

I will definitely be reading more from this author, and despite the mixed reviews I would definitely recommend that you pick this up. It took me by surprise, and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read this book.

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