My Amazon Vine review of this book is up on their website.
I don't often have to pan books, but this one irked me no end. The dialogue made me want to beat my head against the wall. Such sloppy writing.
Could any book about the Salem Witch Trials be a slog? I wouldn't have thought so. I'm so, so disappointed. Cover blurbs always inflate the quality of a book. Every now and then they get it right, praising a book that deserves it. But this one is obviously not cheap for the publisher, and that's why they've gone to great lengths to promote it by having Matthew Pearl (The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow) write a long, glowing review on the back cover.
They're banking on this one hitting it out of the park. Good luck with that.
I've read and reviewed so many books, I can tell from the first paragraph how I'll like it. This one was so attractive. It felt so good in the hand, but I knew immediately how I'd feel about it. I despise wasting time on bad books. Had this not been a review book for Amazon I'd have tossed it into the "donate to the library" pile immediately.