First Impression Friday – The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw


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• Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.
• Did you think you’d love and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right?
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Title: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Published: March 6th 2018

Reading as: Audio

Welcome 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.

“Love is an enchantress—devious and wild. It sneaks up behind you, soft and gentle and quiet, just before it slits your throat.”


The narrator for this book is amazing. Her name is Casey Turner and her voice is so atmospheric and leads the perfect amount of spooky to this ghostly story. The first few chapters have been very interesting, the story completely engrossing. Unfortunately, certain plot points have gotten a little repetitive and it is getting tiresome. I’d love to get a little more backstory on the three sister ghosts before the end of the book because they seem full of personality and we haven’t learned much about them yet.

The book has so much potential. Yeah, there have been some slow points, but the overall story seems original and attention catching. Looking forward to finishing this one up. Not really sure where it is going.

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