The book really works. It bops back and forth between 1991, when a doctoral candidate is casting about looking for a topic for her dissertation, and 1692 when Deliverance Dane was being tried as a witch. Unlike many books where there are time frame shifts, this book is not confusing and the reader is always clear who is the subject of the given passage. There is a big mystery that eventually reveals itself and a few tense moments that add a bit of drama to an already exciting story.
After receiving only a cursory examination of the Salem Witch Trials in school I appreciated the history provided in this book to the actual events of those days. My husband and I listened to this audiobook on our return trip from California. Katherine Kellgren did a phenomenal job narrating the book, though at times she had a bit of trouble with the Boston accent which played a part in the storyline. One advantage to listening to audiobooks with family members is the ability to stop the book and discuss it at any given point. Don prefers nonfiction but enjoyed this book a lot because of the history within. I thought it was just a well-told story one worth reading. I want to give a shout out to one of my students, Kayla V. She recommended the book to me and urged me to buy a copy for our library, which I did. Take a look at the trailer. It think it adds to the book's intrigue.
20 books in July Reading Challenge
5 / 20 books. 25% done!