Friday, January 1, 2010

A Book Review

The Lost Book of Salem (UK) or The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (USA) by Katherine Howe
N.B. THE LOST BOOK OF SALEM is published in the US under the title THE PHYSICK BOOK OF DELIVERANCE DANE. While clearing out her grandmother's’s cottage for sale, Connie Goodwin finds a parchment inscribed with the name Deliverance Dane. And so begins the hunt to uncover the woman behind the name, a hunt that takes her back to Salem in 1692 . . . and the infamous witchcraft trials. But nothing is entirely as it seems and when Connie unearths the existence of Deliverance’s spell book, the Physick Book, the situation takes on a menacing edge as interested parties reveal their desperation to find this precious artifact at any cost. What secrets does the Physick Book contain? What magic is scrawled across its parchment pages? Connie must race to answer these questions– and reveal the truth about Salem’s women– before an ancient family curse once more fulfils its dark and devastating prophecy . . .

This was one of those glaringly obvious books. I felt like screaming at the main character "LIKE DUH!?!?" The mystery wasn't much of a mystery. I love all sorts of super natural stuff and history so once again this book caught my attention.
Connie is suppose to be a history major or something at an ivy league university (please excuse me it's been a little while since I read the book) and she misses some of the most obvious clues. I thought she was suppose to be smart? and a good researcher? But she's neither when it comes to finding out who Deliverance Dane was. I thought the author dumbing down her leading lady was insulting to the reader.
It was for the most part an enjoyable read and would only recommend picking it up if you have absolutely nothing else to read and only if you borrow it. (I have it!) ;0) Don't waste money on it.

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