She acts like this is a new idea. The basic story, a grad student in American History’s discovery of a previously unknown primary source for data on the Salem witch trials, is built to excite the historian in me. Unlike the other victims of the witch craze, though, Deliverance may have actually had magical power and left behind a grimoire. There were several scientific and historical errors, and I found myself exclaiming in disbelief at the time, but the specifics elude me now. Why didn’t it work letting Chilton in , or was that just because Connie called him? She’s not just an intelligent, educated woman I understand there are some very smart people that have very little common sense , she’s a very good researcher which, to me means that number one, she pays attention to details, and number two, that she has a wide knowledge base. I also enjoyed the character development of Connie. May 31, Jess Primrose rated it it was amazing.

Unfortunately, she also did a great job telegraphing the identity of the villain–as well as every major plot point. As the pieces of Deliverance’s harrowing story begin to fall into place, Connie is haunted by visions of the long-ago witch trials, and she begins to fear that she is more tied to Salem’s dark past then she could have ever imagined. This page was last edited on 4 December , at What’s not to love? The explanations are long and through. I didn’t expect to get slightly emotional at the end as I pondered the fates of the women accused of witchcraft in the Salem Witch Trials. Unfortunately, the majority of the book focused on modern day Connie, surely one of the stupidest candidates for PhD candidacy that Harvard has ever considered.

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I guess that’s why I read so many series. I finally gave up at the end of Chapter 4 in which Connie just happens to meet a handsome fellow scholar while researching a slip of paper in nearby Salem. Add a little bit of a thriller that other more sinister people wanting the book and you’ve got a cracker of a plot and an adventure story. Like I mentioned earlier, I found that the historical parts of the book seemed very accurate, so I’d recommend this book to fans of historical fiction.


A wild-goose chase for an allusive manuscript in would comprise of countless mind-numbing hours on the computer.

The glimpses into the past we were given od we moved between and the late 17th and early 18th centuries flowed very well, and Physico really feel like the author did a brilliant job of taking us from one time period to another, as we moved from chapter to chapter. I felt sure that we would get more exposure to an explanation from her, but the book ended without that being the case.

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The over the top ending did nothing to redeem the story. So after Deliverance we read about her daughter, then grandaughter and so on. I think I would have given this novel a higher rating if not for the villain; his identity is pretty clear straight from the QE.

What if there were real witches and not just women who fell victim to being low on the social ladder or young girls who “ate moldy bread”? And the mkvie expression of every character in the room and precisely how they sit or fold their hands? This book was told in Dual time-frame, In the s and Interludes of the s, which I absolutely love because at some point the similarities between them start showing up and I live for that stuff.

The main character was so boring and flat and every time she had a thought I wanted to smash my head into the wall. I do not know how this got named one of the top ten books of as well as all the other endorsement blurbs on the cover. The writer really I’ll admit, I picked this book up in the New Fiction section of my library based on the title and the cover great design.

Delivrrance candidate in colonial history, she would have spent countless hours in the library. The topic is of interest to me on lots of levels I too am related to puysick of the individuals on both sides of the Salem trialsI’ve visited the area before, the author has great credentials and has been educated at outstanding schools, the cover is beautiful, the publisher is pouring out a great deal of money into hype, and I enjoy historical fiction as well as looking at something from a different angle.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. First, it relies too heavily on Connie being slow to catch clues that would be unlikely to befuddle a grad student in her field.

Sep 09, Hannah rated it it was ok Shelves: Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. Connie discovers more than she bargains for while researching for her doctoral dissertation. Not a bad read. This book’s hype probably contributed a great deal to my disappointment.

There’s not a lot of swearing but teh are adult themes such as implied sex, and other slightly more explicit things reference to the female clitoris, for example.

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She doesn’t sound like a grad student because a. Feb 22, Peter rated it liked it Shelves: Oct 07, Wyndie rated it it was ok.

She also has some data withheld from her main character that I simply can’t believe a mother would fail to mention to a daughter. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie’s grandmother’s abandoned A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history–the Salem witch trials.

Considering the number of books, fiction and non, published about Salem, not many have tried. You’ve read of 5 free stories. I forgive these flaws because the story is so tightly paced, and so much of the time is spent with delightful characters, that it’s an overall joy to read.

That’s not normally my idea of a good review, but I have to be somewhat specific with my complaint here.