It’s frightening how fast this year has gone, isn’t it? And speaking of scary, it’s only two weeks until Halloween! As the most haunting holiday of the year approaches, I’m going to share some of my favourite spooky reads to get you in the Halloween spirit! Today’s recommendation: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw.
It’s been 200 years since the Swan sisters were accused of witchcraft and drowned in Sparrow harbor, but that doesn’t stop them returning every summer. Each sister takes over the body of a local girl, and every year they each drown at least one boy in town as an act of revenge. Penny Talbot knows better than to go anywhere near anything concerned with the Swan sisters, but when Bo Carter arrives in town, oblivious to the danger, she needs to find a way to keep him safe.
Ernshaw’s novel about ghostly sisters seeking revenge is chillingly atmospheric. The descriptions of the sea where the sisters were drowned are as haunting as they are beautiful, and the scenes that are more romantic than they are scary are beautifully written too. If you like stories that craft mystery and tension rather than throwing horror at you, then this is one for you.
It’s not all about revenge and terror, though. Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House is popular at the moment for the way it mixes horror with family drama, and The Wicked Deep mixes its unsettling local legend with Penny’s grief for her father and a budding romance between her and Bo. It would be easy for a love story to feel out of place in a novel about revenant sisters, but it all fits together really well.
I liked the uniqueness of this book, the uncertainty of the ghost story, and the little mysteries that keep you guessing throughout the story. What happened to Penny’s father? What is Bo hiding? And is there any way to break the curse of the Swan sisters?
Let me know in the comments if you’ve read The Wicked Deep or if you have other spooky reads to recommend! You can also follow me on Instagram @afewmorebooks for more bookish posts! Thanks for reading!