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.
My Rating: * * * *
Welcome to the eerily beautiful and haunting world of the small town of Sparrow, Oregon. A couple of centuries ago three sisters were drowned in the harbor off Sparrow Island after being charged with witchcraft. The town is now a tourist destination for those morbidly curious enough to want to join the witch hunt to find which teenage girl the long-dead witches inhabit. The end result being boy will be dragged beneath the surface of the water and killed in an act of revenge. The love story happened too fast for me, but other than that I really enjoyed this book. The story itself is different than most books about witches. The twist at the ending is interesting, and the writing was good. If you’re looking for a good spooky, atmospheric story for Halloween this would be a good choice.
Shea Ernshaw is the New York Times Bestselling author of THE WICKED DEEP, WINTERWOOD, and her forthcoming adult fiction book: A HISTORY OF WILD PLACES (2021). She is a 2019 Oregon Book Award winner, and her debut novel, The Wicked Deep, was an Indie Next Pick.
She often writes late, late, late into the night, enjoys dark woods, scary stories and moonlight on lakes.