My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love this book. The description of it caught my attention as the whole thing about the Salem Witch Trials fascinates me. This will remain as one of my favourite books of all time, because of the depth and descriptive nature of the narrative. I think it’s a great perspective that it was written from the child’s view, trying to understand the nature of adults around her and what is really going on. There are gaps in her understanding at the time, mysteries that remain just out of touch to the child, which is a really nice touch in the book.
One thing about the book I found, is that it can almost be broken into two halves. The first half, which describes the life of Sarah and her family in a very rich, in-depth detail paints a very clear picture of the harsh world that she lived in. There was also the time for the characters to be flushed out as well, from her brothers, her aunt and cousin to her fascinating parents. The book’s main focus is on her ballsy mother and her strong, silent father with his mysterious past. The characters are very, very real.
While the first half of the book is a bit of a slow read, the second half, from the point where Sarah’s mother gets taken away, it picks up pace. This is when it gets really engrossing with the details of the crazy times surrounding the Witch Trials and how much fear and insanity was around and how poor children got caught up in it all. The life in the jail for Sarah and her brothers is so sad, but so very well written that you can feel the emotions for everyone locked up in there. If you get through the first half, you will love the second.
This is a stunning read, the book balances out and this at some point, will definitely get a re-read.