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Salem Witch Trials

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A barn burns. A baby dies. And the good people of Salem, Massachusetts, begin to fear that Satan's hand lies upon their village....
Massachusetts, 1691: a patchwork quilt of lonely settlements, surrounded by primeval forest and marauding Indians. It is a fearful, tense place inhabited by religious purists who see the devil and his minions lurking in every shadow. It is a
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 4th 2003 by Pocket Star Books (first published 2002)
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Jordan
Dec 19, 2013 Jordan rated it it was ok
I found this paperback for $.50 at a used book store. I love historical fiction and find the Salem Witch Trials to be rather fascinating. This book was also made into a CBS miniseries a number of years ago. I figured this would be an entertaining read.

I was wrong. The story of the witch hunt is there (and accurate as far as I know) but the book itself was a bit on the boring side. The dialog was without excitement or creativity. If you wanted to jump right into the witch hunt, skip the first 100
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Feb 04, 2016 Sue Getman rated it liked it
A barn burns. A baby dies. And the good people of Salem, Massachusetts, begin to fear that Satan's hand lies upon their village.... Massachusetts, 1691: a patchwork quilt of lonely settlements, surrounded by primeval forest and marauding Indians. It is a fearful, tense place ...
Brookanne
Sep 26, 2012 Brookanne rated it really liked it
I have always been fascinated by this dark moment of our history, so I was completly enthralled by this book. I don't know that someone who is not as interested in the history as I am would enjoy or not. I found it to be an easy read, but it did jump around a lot. I did find the author's perspective on the trials and appreciated the historical information at the end.
Brianna
Mar 03, 2012 Brianna rated it liked it
I think the scariest thing about this book is that it is not fiction. This story did not come out of the dark recesses of someone's imagination, it came from history. This happened. We did this. It's truly terrifying to see what humans are capable of when we are scared.
Wendy Johnson
Mar 21, 2016 Wendy Johnson rated it it was amazing
This is a historical fiction of the Salem Witch Trials. Learned lots of history in this entertaining and easy-to-read account. Would recommend this to anyone interested in the history behind the witch trials!
booklady
Jul 05, 2008 booklady rated it it was ok
Plausible interpretation of how what occured in Salem, MA in 1691 might have happened. Don't remember being very impressed with it.
Jean
Dec 17, 2007 Jean rated it really liked it
This was a great piece of historical fiction. It was a real page turner even though we all know how it ends.
Marylene
Nov 30, 2013 Marylene rated it really liked it
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