Many, many, many years ago, in this small Oregon coastal town, the townspeople accused the Swan Sisters of witchcraft and drowned them in the sea. And every summer since, the Swan Sisters have come back to inhabit the bodies of local teenage girls to mesmerize and lure boys into the ocean to kill in revenge. Shea Ernshaw's debut book is such a well-thought-out whodunit, peppering in clues and really sharp story flourishes along the way. It’s everything you could ask for in a read... and a love story to be swept up in. Recommended By Jordan S., Powells.com
In this wonderfully crafted tale, a small town in Oregon is haunted by three sisters who were sentenced to death for witchcraft. Penny accepts the curse like everyone else, until one summer, when a new young man comes to town, ushering in mystery and romance. Recommended By Richard C., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
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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, 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.
"A tale with substance and depth, one of magic and curses, betrayal and revenge, but most importantly, it is a story about the redemptive power of love to make even the worst wrongs, right." Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be.
"Readers will drown in this finely crafted, atmospheric book." Kirkus Reviews
"A wickedly chilling debut about ghosts, witches, love, and revenge." School Library Journal
About the Author
Shea Ernshaw lived and writes in a small mountain town in Oregon, where she shares her home with her husband, a tiny dog named Diesel and two furry felines. She is happiest when lost in a good book, lost in the woods or writing her next novel.