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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

BOTTOM LINE: Read it! You know you want to!

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy
Publication Date: 6 March 2018
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Synopsis from the Publisher:

“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.”

My Thoughts: Can a review be as short “Just read it”? I ask that because anything I say could potentially clue you in to what happens, and that is not how one should approach The Wicked Deep. This is one novel in which going in as blind as possible will ensure the best possible reading experience, and that is a very good thing because it is a fantastic story. There are not many books that can get me to skip sleeping in order to read them, but The Wicked Deep is one of the rarities. I gladly went to bed very late at night (or early in the morning depending on how you look at it) on a work night because I needed to know how the story ends. I had no idea what to expect when I started it and found myself dropping all of my plans and normal bedtime routines to keep reading. I was unprepared for what unfolds in its pages but enjoyed every minute of it, and I want you to do the same. So you are getting nothing more from me than read it. I don’t think you will be sorry!

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