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Publisher's Summary

Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge - and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them.

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, 17-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.

©2018 Shea Ernshaw (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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can't keep my attention. I tried to like it.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was good at putting me to sleep.

Has The Wicked Deep turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Casey Turner’s performances?

No

Did The Wicked Deep inspire you to do anything?

sleep

Any additional comments?

Reader was just soft and mellow so she didn't make the story very exciting.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Wicked witches

The story was good but the narrator had this monotone voice.I found myself falling asleep a couple of times.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I tried...

I decided to give this book a shot, despite some of the negative reviews and I had a hard time with it. The story itself is very interesting but I could not get past the narrator. Her voice was so flat and kept putting me to sleep.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The Wicked Deep

I really enjoyed this book and it constantly had be guessing. I loved how the chapters would finish with a small bit of info into the past just to give you a bit more of story, bit by bit.
I had so many questions during this book and it all came together into the end. Kept me listening. Kept me wanting more information. Loved it!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Young Teen book without a story or plot

What disappointed you about The Wicked Deep?

In my family's opinion the author ONLY focused on appealing to Young Teen girls with over the top descriptions of every last single emotion the characters felt and lots of manufactured drama. This emotional over explanation felt like filler instead of tools to help develop the plot.The over the top teen drama made it impossible to finish. My family, including two teen girls, started this book on a recent road trip stopped listening after 3 hours. I quote "Finally" was the teens' response when I switched to the radio. They went on to ask "where was that story going to go and why was she, the main character, so dumb." I think the issue was in character development, if you are going to use supernatural powers you have to explain their limits early to the reader. Instead we know exactly how she felt about every last darn thing she encountered.

Would you ever listen to anything by Shea Ernshaw again?

No.

What does Casey Turner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Too much teen drama.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I couldn't find a redeeming quality if I tried.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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It was dark and tragic and beautiful

I finished The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw at about 1am this morning. I devoured this book in 24 hours. I had originally planned on listening to the audio book version but unfortunately the narrator basically whispered the book so low that I couldn't hear her so I switched formats and ended up reading it instead.

A little bit of backstory... 200 years ago, 3 sisters with the last name of Swann moved to the town of Sparrow and opened up a perfumery. They were beautiful and caught they eyes of many of the men in town and their arrogance didn't help any. It didnt take long before they were accused of witchcraft and drowned by tying sacks of rocks to their feet.

Fast forward to present day and the town of Sparrow celebrates Swann season. 1 month of every summer where they believe the Swann sisters return by inhabiting the body of 3 teenage girls and luring boys to the sea and drowning them for revenge of being falsely accused of witchcraft 200 years ago. 17 year old Penny and a drifter named Beau set out to find the sisters and break the curse.

It was dark and mysterious and tragic and beautiful. I give it 4 out of 5 stars because there was a storyline that didn't explain itself very well and left me with many questions and also because I felt the last 2 chapters when everything is together, seemed to be rushed. I absolutely recommend it and it was a perfect October read.

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Lovley love story

great story I enjoyed it
I love witch stories
this is a beautiful tale of life. love. loss. and sacrifice

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Good story

Great story, but after listening for about 15 min, I knew I could not listen anymore. So, I purchased the iBook, instead. Ms Turners voice is very soft and her sentences go down, in volume. I am sorry to say that I find her voice whinie and sort of ‘Valley’ sounding.

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This book was amazing! The narrator not so much!

I loved this book. So descriptive and engrossing! The only problem was the narrator! Could not hear her at all! I listen to audiobooks in the car on the way to work. I drive over an hour everyday. I tried Bose headphones, earbuds, and speaker. No luck! I will pay attention in the future and avoid books narrated by her! She has a very monotone, slow, not exciting voice or reading style. Great book!

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haunting and captivating

I like the spooky half truths and dark fables, this book did nit disappoint me.