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The Heretic's Daughter

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When studying the various phenomena of the Salem Witch Trials, it is close to impossible for today's reader to imagine the terror and the suffering experienced by the accused, including those who were not found guilty. In The Heretic's Daughter, author Kathleen Kent has...
When studying the various phenomena of the Salem Witch Trials, it is close to impossible for today's reader to imagine the terror and the suffering experienced by the accused, including those who were not found guilty. In The Heretic's Daughter, author Kathleen Kent has done a powerful,creditable job of approximating just that. The daughter of the title is arrested after her mother, Martha Carrier, one of the "witches" condemned to death and hanged. As she tells of her involvement, Sarah recounts the horrors of the summer and fall of 1692, and its slow but relentless progression from suspicion to execution, from incredulity to helplessness. Her narrative is a simple one, but so affecting that the reader is drawn into the insanity together with Sarah and her family, who were all but destroyed by the madness. The physical and emotional underpinnings of the mass delusion are seamlessly woven into the story, which seems as real as if it happened only a few years ago. The Heretic's Daughter is a stellar work of historical fiction, by far the best novelization of this topic that I've encountered.

posted by katknit on December 21, 2008

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Glad it's over

One of the most boring books I have ever read. It drags on forever and never gives you anything new. Pass on this one!

posted by Qui0330 on May 29, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Glad it's over

    One of the most boring books I have ever read. It drags on forever and never gives you anything new. Pass on this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2010

    Not good

    We chose this as our book club book and I had high hopes because of the topic, but it was not good. The author spends too much time with detail. It would take like two pages to tell us the room smelled bad. The writting did not flow well and it was anticlimactic. I would not recommend this book.

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