"Wonderful historical, mystery, thriller"
This slowly developing, detailed and descriptive novel brings alive an historical period while weaving a web of mystery. Drawing pen portraits of a collection of frontiers people, all with an unusual history, McCammon introduces the reader to witchcraft and ignorance, murders and an underlying sense of threat. But striding through this grim and frightening landscape is the determined and morally sound Matthew Corbett, judge's clerk. The reader sees the characters and the new town through Matthew's eyes, shadowing his perseverance as he investigates the crimes being blamed on Rachel's witchcraft. Beautifully read too. I will be looking out for the other books in this series!
A very enjoyable story with an unusual setting and interesting characters. Well written and sympathetically narrated.
I was so excited to learn of this book because I enjoyed Swan Song so much, however it didn't live up to what I'd hoped it would. It's basically a who dunnit but it just goes on and on. In the end I didn't really care who did it! I am not sure how much time this book covers but it just seems an age.
The author uses beautiful language in his descriptions, almost poetic, but unfortunately this was not enough to redeem this book for me. I would definitely recommend Swan Song but not this one.
I have had a couple of duds lately from audible, think I need to choose more wisely next time!
Loved the description in this novel, the characters were well drawn and the narrator was ideally suited to this book. Difficult to put down and didn.t want to end!
This is a very long and convoluted tale set in 17th century New England. There are many twists and turns and dead ends before the final denouement. It is a hugely enjoyable tour de force with splendid characters both major and minor. And a great reader too. I'm going straight to the second book in the series.
"Excellent mystery with a twist."
Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Had to change my guesses of who did it constantly and even then never would have worked it out. Kept me on the Edge of my seat constantly.
Thought I would try something different and glad I did. If you are bored with your normal choice try this I don't think you will be disappointed
The death of the magistrate
The narration is inseparable from the story
It was gripping and the historical aspect was haunting
"So grim I can't continue..."
the descriptions of physical suffering are so visceral and go on and on... it's ultimately too distracting from the rather good story... I cannot make myself finish it and will be returning this book. A relentless parcel of suffering... mood alteringly awful.
"Bloody good book!"
Good historical premise, riveting plot and excellent denouement ! Read it! The characters are engaging and some plot twists were quite unexpected and refreshing.