I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Simon Pulse on March 6th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge—and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them.
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.
It has been far too long since I’ve read something with witches! With comparison to some of my favorite witch-y movies, Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic, I had high hopes heading in and I must say, the book delivered! I absolutely felt vibes from both of those movies throughout and had the best time reading The Wicked Deep!
The town of Sparrow is known for its curse. Centuries ago, three sisters were accused of witchcraftery for seemingly making themselves irresistible to the men in town and were drowned for their ‘crimes’. Now every year on June 1st, the sisters return to inhabit the bodies of young girls and seek revenge by luring men to their watery deaths.
The town of Sparrow was quite a dynamic. The town is very superstitious and has that slight element of magic about it. I loved the idea of the forgetful cakes and the mentions of reading tea leaves. Instead of running for the hills during the few weeks the sisters return like one would expect, the curse is exploited, drawing in tourists wanting to witness firsthand if the curse is true. Even the locals hold parties, daring each other to enter the water when it is time for the sisters to return. I found it all together creepy and equal parts fascinating!
This is very much a revenge story. These three sisters are very angry about the circumstances surrounding their deaths and we do get to learn the details of which piece by piece throughout the story, intertwined as the current events unfold. The atmosphere was quite haunting and the story unfolded beautifully. I loved how it was laid out like a puzzle with pieces fitting together at precisely the right moments, leaving some mysteries and secrets to be solved from beginning to end. I also enjoyed the characters and all the uncertainties surrounding them. You don’t know who to trust or believe. Penny and Bo are right at the forefront of solving the mystery of the sisters and how to stop them and I liked the love story that emerged and how it transformed the dynamic of the story.
I’m so excited about this debut author and what she has in the future. Definitely grab this one up for a quick, bewitching read!