The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. Review

Thank you to Netgalley, Shea Ernshaw and Simon & Schuster for my ARC of The Wicked Deep in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Wicked Deep

Author: Shea Ernshaw

Publication Date: 8th March 2018

Page Count: 320 Pages

Rating: 4*

Quote: ‘Love is an enchantress devious and wild. It sneaks up behind you, soft and gentle and quiet, just before it slits your throat.’



Two centuries ago, the Swan sisters arrived in the tiny town of Sparrow, opened their perfumery and seduced all the men. Accused as witches, the sisters were thrown into the sea and drowned. Years later they still haunt the town once a year for the whole month of June, possessing three of the town’s girls and killing off the young men in revenge.

Penny Talbot believes in the ghost stories and when Bo Carter turns up in town looking for answers she’s determined to protect him, whatever the cost.


This book was super easy to read, the writing is beautiful and the story was well presented and clearly very well thought out. I loved the idea of a modern day curse and get why it’s compared to the likes of Hocus Pocus. The characters were interesting and there was a lot of legend/myth background which I love.

I found the insta-love trope a bit insincere and I can’t say I felt a connection between the two characters but I understand why it had to be that way (without giving anything away) and I thought the twist was really great and it caught me completely unawares. It was very well plotted so that for me, I didn’t even consider it!

If you like books about magic, legends and an edge of creepiness then this is definitely one for you!


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