Two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep water surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three troubled girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into Sparrow’s 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 will turn against one another, Penny and Bo will suspect the other of hiding secrets. And death will come 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.”


This book definitely lived up to the hype that has been surrounding it.

For a debut novel, Ernshaw definitely knows how to write a compelling story.

Starting of with the characters, I think Penny was a good main character. I enjoyed reading from her perspective. She was a very head-strong and independent person (which are things that I always look for). Seeing her struggle between saving herself or saving the boy she loves was great. Overall, a great character.

Moving into the romance, though I liked it, I felt it was a little insta-lovey for my personal taste. You can see from the minute they met that Bo and Penny were having some sort of feelings for one another. I am glad that it didn’t take over the entire plot line like some YA novels do but I wish it hadn’t been so insta-lovey.

Then going into the plot, this was my favorite part of the story. It was kind of a spooky read and the witchy aspects definitely kept me on my heals. The town of Sparrow seemed like it had taken some inspiration from Salem, Massachusetts and the witch trials of the late 1600s (any time something is inspired by that gets a thumbs up from me!). I did see the plot twists coming pretty early in the book and the ending felt a little rushed but overall, a very good plot.

Overall, I think this book was pretty good. Like I said previously, this was a very good debut from this author and I’ll be picking up more of her works in the future.