The Lost Book of Salem - Katherine Howe Reviews
Description:ISBN 014103811X / Genre: Fiction / Author: Katherine Howe / Paperback / 480 Pages / Book is published 2009-06-25 by Penguin
Newest Review: ... read it, I would not rush to do so again, or even recommend it highly to anyone else as a must read, though if you have some ... more
Customer The Lost Book of Salem - Katherine Howe Reviews (3)
by - written on 30/08/11 (Very useful, 64 readings)
I picked up a copy of this in the library, being fairly intrigued by the olde worlde style cover, and the title, knowing that Salem is usually a link to stories about witchcraft. The blurb on the back pitches it as a bit of a fast paced novel with secrets that must be solved at any cost. I found that this book was a bit of a mixed bag for me. At the start, I found it quite dull and slow to get anywhere, but then about a third of the way through it did start to pick up the pace a bit, but I would not classify it at any stage as fast paced or thrilling. To me it was more of a romantic novel, with a bit of witchcraft and history thrown in, and although I was ... Read the complete review
by - written on 12/01/10 (Useful, 12 readings)
This story cleverly entwines two different characters, living in different eras. The first, Connie, is a Harvard PHD student who is writing her thesis on Colonial America (Yes, this bit makes it sound incredibly boring. Stick with it!). The second, Deliverance Dane, is a woman caught up in the Salem Witch Trials of 1962. Connie finds a parchment engraved with Dane's name in her grandmothers cottage, and is instantly intrigued. She begins to investigate the cottage, and her family history. The book is full of twists which I don't want to reveal here, but it is a good book. It sensitively explains witchcraft, and the attitudes towards it, and creates a perfect ... Read the complete review
by - written on 31/08/09 (Very useful, 56 readings)
I picked this book up on a recent trip to Waterstones as I was looking for some easy to read options for a holiday and they had a 3 for 2 offer on. This book was in the offer and although I had never heard of it or of the author before I read the back and it sounded interesting so I bought it. I have read the book over the last week and although it was very easy to read and I didn't dislike it as such, I did find it rather predictable and a tad patronizing as well as being almost laugh out loud ridiculous at times. It made me wonder whether this was actually aimed at teenagers but it would seem not. Basically the book follows Connie Goodwin, a ... Read the complete review
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