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The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent
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Sep 19, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: library-book, historical-fiction, read-in-2010, read-in-september
Read from September 07 to 11, 2010

I have always been intrigued by the witch trials and how mass hysteria played a part in such horrific occurrences and a trip to Boston and Salem a few years ago just raised my interest even more. I went into this book hoping for a personal account of the trials and experiences and that is what I read but not until the latter half of the book. It wasn’t that the first half was poorly written but I kept waiting for the witch trial drama to start building but it just didn’t. Instead of a slow build up that reached into mass hysteria it just sort of started. There were hints when characters would talk about the rumors from one town over but I expected more.

The actual portions of the book that involved the trials were interesting. I enjoyed the unique viewpoint from a child involved in the drama. It made it more raw and tender for me. There just wasn't enough of this portion of the story for my preference. I would have loved to have much more. The ending seemed rushed with the summing of how the affected parties were now living. I wanted more of how the events played out in the character's emotions and relationships throughout the rest of their life.

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