The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Three sisters, drowned as witches in Sparrow, Oregon, in the 1800s, return each summer for revenge but Penny, seventeen, is determined to stop them to save the boy she loves.

It’s been a while since I’ve been compelled to pick up a young adult book. Although I’ve been really into adult psychological thrillers, this captivating stand-alone book kept showing up on my radar. It also doesn’t hurt that it has a gorgeous cover and Netflix recently required the rights.

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Ernshaw does a fantastic job at setting up the atmospheric tale set in Sparrow, Oregon. The story continually flashes from present day, back to 1823, but I found myself equally invested in both (a rare feat!)

On the down side, I did not enjoy the romance aspect between Penny and Bo. Their insta-love connection felt far-fetched as they had little chemistry. Luckily, the multiple plot mysteries kept me engaged from start to finish (even if I figured out the biggest plot twist early!) Overall, a solid read. Be prepared to be bewitched by the Swan sisters’ chilling tale of murder and revenge.

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