This week our lovely postman delivered something rather special. A beautiful, signed copy of The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. Shea sent it to me all the way from America after pulling my name out of the hat on a giveaway she ran on Twitter. I’m absolutely thrilled to give this beautiful edition a home and look forward to reading it again very soon. It was also rather exciting to here that this spine-tingling story is going to be adapted into a movie! Can. not. wait.
So this is a beautiful book but what about the story within… well that’s rather fabulous too. Here is my review posted earlier this year.
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
A haunting tale of three sisters on a quest for revenge…
Two centuries ago, in small, isolated Sparrow, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery and drowned in the waters surrounding the town. Now, each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three girls and seeking revenge by dragging boys to their watery deaths.
Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the town’s fate. Then, on the eve of the sisters’ return, Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into or the fact that his arrival will change everything…
Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. 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.
Wowser, I loved this beguiling story full of witchcraft and revenge. Even the cover tempts you to pick it up with smatterings of foil that catch the light, making the book shimmer. It is beautifully designed. This isn’t a book that languishes in a tbr pile, it’s one that calls to you until you pick it up and then entrances you, pulling you in deeper and deeper until you reach the stunning end. Such is the magic of the Swan sisters and their sinister tale.
Ernshaw spins this tale with expert ease. Spanning two hundred years, the Swan sisters story is one that has had a hold on the people of Sparrow, a town cursed by its treatment of the three sisters, outsiders, who were said to bewitch the men with their beauty and the perfumes they concocted. Every year since, they have returned to seek their revenge. As the deadly Swan Season approaches, visitors swarm to the town and the teenagers prepare for the annual beach party that welcomes in the sinister season. As the Swan sisters song begins, a sense of foreboding sweeps over the town as they wait for the eerie silence that can only mean the sisters have returned, and the hunt for their first victim begins.
This story swept me away and I loved inhibiting the town of Sparrow (from a safe distance). Full of atmosphere, magic and intrigue, I was sad to finish the novel. I shall very much look forward but to revisiting The Wicked Deep so I can look for all the clues that brought me to the remarkable ending.
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! Oh and did I mention that it has a shimmery cover?
You can find Shea on Twitter: @SheaErnshaw