ARC Review – The Wicked Deep

Did this witchy book blow me away?

35297394Welcome 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.

The Wicked Deep is a hauntingly beautiful book about love, loss, and forgiveness. The book follows Penny, a girl gripped with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s loss of sanity, and the start of another Swan season. But it all changes when Bo arrives, an outsider brought by the sea. Just like the leaves foretold.

I can’t get this book out of my head. It had the most well-executed mystery I have ever read in my entire life. I can’t recount the number of times I gasped or was shocked by the events that occurred. The characters were jumping off the page and I could see them all. All of the secondary characters were vital to the plot and I loved the little peeks into their lives that we got. The small peeks into the past we get were always just enough to keep the mystery going or shed some light on specific characters but they never felt like too much. The word choice of this book is outstanding. I was blown away by the strong and descriptive language. I have plenty of new favorite quotes from this book. It is witchy and wonderful. It challenges the idea of forgiveness and the idea of what makes a person good. I would recommend you drop everything you think you’re going to read and pick this one up instead. Not to mention that gorgeous cover.

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