The Wicked Deep

The Wicked Deep

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Three sisters, drowned as witches in Sparrow, Oregon, in the 1800s, return each summer for revenge but Penny, seventeen, is determined to stop them to save the boy she loves
Two centuries ago, in the town of Sparrow, 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. For a brief time each summer the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under. Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But on the eve of the sisters' return a boy named Bo Carter arrives, unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into. Now Penny will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2018
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781481497343
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm


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LoganLib_Ashlee Jun 20, 2019

Really, really, really enjoyed this book! The plot twist took me by surprise!

A_Jeffery Mar 15, 2019

I really like the premise of this book: 3 witchy ghosts returning to their island home every summer to drown townspeople?? I was hooked from the very beginning. It doesn't hurt that there is a little splash of romance as well!

Nov 13, 2018


The premise of this book was extremely interesting and it pulled me in right away: three sisters, killed by the townspeople of Sparrow under suspicion of witchcraft, return every summer to possess the bodies of girls and lead three unlucky young men to their deaths by water, but this time, something is different. My favorite part was the writing and the concept.
CHARACTERS: I really liked each of the three sisters the most. The oldest was my favorite, but the way that each sister possessed a girl and made her body something like a vessel was creepy and really came through. I liked Bo and I fully understood him and had little respect for the youngest sister.
PLOT: a really engaging, interesting plot that caught my attention and didn’t let go until I finished it. The storyline is dispersed with short chapters providing backstories and different points of view, and I really like the way that the author wrote the story. I’m not big on romance novels, but I liked this one because of how well it was written.
ACCURACY: I think Sparrow is a fictional farm, but most of the backstory reminds me a lot of the Salem Witch Trials (what with black magic and killing suspected witches)
RECOMMENDATION: I would read this and recommend it to my friends. It’s not super graphic and there isn’t super strong language, which goes to show that you can write good books without being vulgar. It was a really fun ride, and I highly recommend this. (Although I wouldn’t buy it, because that’s the way I am.)

Jul 16, 2018

"The witches are back. And there's hell to pay."

Although Marguerite, Aurora, and Hazel Swan were drowned many moons ago, these wicked sisters still come back every summer to haunt the little town of Sparrow. A town where their souls will forever be rooted because this is the town that took their lives.

This is a wickedly tragic story about murder, betrayal, loss, and forgiveness. It's a perfect cross between Hocus Pocus and Tuck Everlasting.

*quote is not from book. I also received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Goodreads Review:

Jul 07, 2018

I loved the magical realism of this story! I did guess what was going to happen but as an avid reader I find it is hard to surprise me with many books. I found the story a perfect mix of creepy, lovable and funny! Overall, I really enjoyed the book!

Jun 20, 2018

Where do I even start with this book? I laughed. I cried. And I still pine for MORE OF THIS STORY. Sort of like Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight meets Meg Cabot’s Mediator, this book has. It. All. The only things I did not like about this book are as follows;
1. It’s a standalone. I NEED MORE.
2. It was really sad. Like, more than the normal book-level sad. Like, PAINFULLY sad.

So basically, it is about this girl named Penny, and a boy named Bo but- actually, you can find out that part yourself. All you need to know is that there are 3 sisters who return every summer as ghosts to kill some boys for revenge. Lies and mistrust spread throughout their little town, until Penny can't even trust... herself. My review isn’t doing this book justice, but maybe you can do better than me. Read it and find out! @bookwormTAH of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Apr 24, 2018

Such an atmospheric read! It's a page-turner for sure. I did have a couple issues with how the magical elements weren't completely fleshed out, but overall this is a good read.

Apr 18, 2018

One of the better teen books I’ve read in a long time. There is actually a plot, real conflict, and emotions that are not solely on the teen angst spectrum.

Cynthia_N Apr 13, 2018

I enjoyed the story of the Swan sisters. They were drowned as witches almost 200 years ago and they still haunt the town of Sparrow every summer when they take over the bodies of three teenagers and drown young men in revenge. Unique!

And I just read it is going to be made into a movie!


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