Published March 6th 2018 by Simon Pulse
Quick info dump: This book is about curses and witches and love and loss. It is only 329 pages, making a quick read. The writing is fantastic and the twist and turns just the same. Every character has a purpose and the setting was amazing.
My experience: I read this book in one day. I was hooked from the first chapter, not only because of the plot but because of the beautiful writing. I am also a sucker for books set on islands, which is weird, but it’s my thing. There is certainly some mystery in there and if you don’t pay attention to little details you may not make a correct assumption like I did. Even though I sort of knew one of the outcomes, I still enjoyed it.
The story follows Penny who lives on an island off Oregon that suffers from a 200 year-old curse where three young girls were put to death after being charged as witches. Every summer the Swan girls return and inhabit a body of a woman in order to drown the boys of the island. It’s their revenge on those who killed them. This in itself is a story within a story. A new comer comes to the island, looking for work so Penny offers him a job working the lighthouse on the island she shares with her mother. Bo holds some secrets, but so does Penny and eventually both come to a crashing conclusion.
Having called the Pacific Northwest home for eight years, I am drawn to books set there. The grey skies and constant drizzle just sets my heart afire. Many people don’t understand the draw of living in such a so-called dreary environment, but people like me thrive there. We leave part our hearts there. It’s in books like these that I get to find that piece again.
In closing, read this book is you love mysteries, witches, curses, rainy islands with secrets and gorgeous writing. I look forward to whatever else Shea Ernshaw has to offer in the future.