Monday, May 14, 2018

Review: The Wicked Deep

Title: The Wicked Deep
Author: Shea Ernshaw
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: March 6, 2018

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.

As with my last review, I'm going to avoid talking much about the plot of The Wicked Deep. Basis is this: girls were drowned a long time ago because superstitious townsfolk thought they were witches. Now they come back every summer to exact their revenge on the town by inhabiting teenage girls and drowning teenage boys.

Sounds pretty cool. There is just one huge, ginormous problem. This. Book. Is. So. Effing. Predictable.

I didn't hate this book. I really didn't. But the fact of the matter is, I guessed the huge book-end plot twist on page... 40ish. Yes. That early. 

Not only that, a few pages later, I guess many of the specific details involving said plot twist. 

Again I say, "I didn't hate this book." Because I didn't. I just didn't like it. Honestly, I'm kind of at a loss for what to say, because my thoughts are that it was so predictable I saw everything coming from a mile away. And so there wasn't much room for enjoyment.

If you don't mind predictability, go ahead. But all in all, I'd say skip it. There are stories out there that do the revenge plot much better.

2 Stars

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