Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…
Two centuries ago, in the small, isolated town, 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 from the depths, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them down to their watery deaths.
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 or the fact that his arrival will change everything…
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.
I buddy read The Wicked Deep and all of us were totally hooked and kept guessing! I absolutely adored it. At a certain point we stopped right after a big reveal and I could hardly wait to get going again the next day!
The whole concept is excellent, just the right amount of eerie combined with small town life – madness and conspiracies. While Penny is the main character of this book, it revolves around the three sisters just as much, and all of them are really interesting. I especially like how we learn about the differences between them and their habits. (It’s so hard to talk about this without spoiling!)
I loved the small town feel and it’s beliefs too, from swan season celebrations to forgetful cakes (I suspect I could use one of those from time to time!). And Penny’s life out on the island. It’s really atmospheric and beautifully written.
Her relationship with her Mum, and the mystery of her dad really worked for me too – I liked how they played out and what we got to know. The suspense is really well done, in the sense that you always know enough to keep going but don’t know enough to ruin it.
The side characters really work for me as well, I particularly liked Penny’s friend and the angry and irrational town kids. They created a real sense of threat to the events without being over the top. And Bo. I thought I knew how his role would go but I honestly loved the resolution of him and Penny as well as the ending there. 💙