REVIEW: The Wicked Deep by Shea Earnshaw: Evil mermaids, murder and a mind-blowing plot twist (!!)

Honestly, evil mermaids and murdering men are both MY AESTHETIC.

There’s something about books set around the sea and lighthouses with a hint of evil and magic and this book was exactly that. Why, yes, I am pleased. I actually haven’t read many books that are set in the ocean so this was a pleasant surprise.Long-Divider

Thank you to Simon & Schuster for my copy of The Wicked Deep. All opinions are my own.

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Holy crap I think I just fell into a land of plot twists, and love, and murder and witches and mystery and gosh, this book was fabulous.

I read this book in one sitting and I REALLY wasn’t expecting it to be that good? Like it was just a finished copy I received from the publishers and it looked quite small so I wasn’t expecting to pack so much of a punch.

But heck this book delivered.

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P L O T

This book is DEFINITELY plot-driven and I’m really glad! It was such a unique and capturing storyline and I didn’t get bored once. If you want a book that keeps you on your toes, on the end of your seat, The Wicked Deep is for you.

Essentially we have Penny Tabolt. Her father’s missing and her mum is slightly-crazy and she has a best friend called Rose. A long time ago, three sisters were drowned accused of witchcraft. Every June 1st, in the town of Sparrow, the Swan Season begins. The three sisters take the bodies of three human girls and drown boys by seducing them. It’s getting so much more complex as the story develops, Earnshaw really thickens the plot, really explores her ideas and she didn’t hold bac . This book filled out all it’s potential and was beautifully fleshed out.

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W R I T I N G

Holy heck, the words in this. HOLY HECK. I…I’m not okay. It’s so beautiful? The writing is just so thick with the description, layered with adjectives. It’s whimsical and light but also dark and twisty at the same time and it’s hooking and mysterious and from a debut author, I am very impressed. The writing’s not too sticky so it’s so easy to just binge-read (What I did) and it’s so addicting and matches the sinister tone of the book very well.

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R O M A N C E

I liked Penny and Bo…but agh, I just personally couldn’t connect with it. Fast-paced romances are just not my thing for various reasons and while it wasn’t insta-lovey, I just didn’t resonate with all the shipping in this. I think this is more of just a personal thing as I do think it was well-written but I wasn’t the hugest fan!

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D I S L I K E S

Did I have small problems? Yes. There was this love triangle backstory and I was SO Bored by it and it was literally so UNNECESSARY!! Also, there was a line where it was like “And she had fallen in love. What was more human than that?” and?? To fall in love dosen’t make you human?? Wow. And I felt like the ending-solution WAS SUCH A COP OUT but anyways, that is not the point.

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It’s perfectly dark and twisted and wonderful. I love witch books and this one didn’t fail to make me fall in love. I won’t go into too much but there was a lot of people getting drunk and dead bodies and it’s chilling because every time a boy get’s murdered, the mystery increases and it’s so good. The deaths are written in such a chilling way and the mystery is perfectly woven in. This is a magical witch-filled book and it’s amazing and I HOPE YOU ALL READ IT! It really blew me away and I’m so glad I enjoyed it to be honest. It was amazingly good for a stand-alone and I am just…MIND BLOWN! If you like The Spellbook of the Lost and Found you will love this!

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RATING: 4 STARS

★★★★☆

The Wicked DeepThe Wicked Deep
Shea Ernshaw

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.

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THE WICKED DEEP BY SHEA ERNSHAW IS PUBLISHED MARCH 6th 2018 IN THE UK. YOU CAN ORDER A COPY HERE AND READ MY ORIGINAL REVIEW HERE.

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Let's Whisper

Have you read The Wicked Deep? Did you love it? Do you love books with witches and murders? Recommend me some! Also, the cover is just gorgeous, don’t you think? Let me know about all your favourite witch books in the comments below!!

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22 thoughts on “REVIEW: The Wicked Deep by Shea Earnshaw: Evil mermaids, murder and a mind-blowing plot twist (!!)”

  1. Yay so glad you enjoyed this one! THE AESTHETIC WAS SO GREAT THO. Like I think their town was very creepy and I would not have lived there 😂but minus all-those-boys-die-every-summer, it was such an amazing town. So whimsical and sinister! 😍 It reminded me a lot of Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno (it’s not out till June though) and I loved that one!

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  2. YOU MAKE THIS BOOK SOUND SO AMAZING. I was already convinced that I had to read this book before, but now I’m even more eager to get my hands on it. You make it sound so captivating with the evil mermaids and this fabulous writing style and you talkin about Spellbook of the lost and found as a comparison, okay I’m sold here thank you very much. Wish I could buy the book right now haha. 🙂

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  3. Ooh, it sounds SO GOOD!!! I’m definitely going to add it to my TBR list,
    ! It never seems to stop growing haha… It’s always worth it though! And you are right, the cover is absolutely gorgeous!! You’ve written up an AMAZING review as always! Now I CANNOT wait to read it!! 😊😍

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  4. Ohhh I hadn’t heard of this one, but it sounds delightfully creepy. Plus mermaids!! I feel like there aren’t that many books about mermaids out there? Which is really weird because they’re popular mythical creatures. Great review! 🙂

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