The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It took a little bit for this story to warm up, but I was drawn to the characters right away. Once the author settled into the story and format the story went quickly. The ending wrapped up a bit too quickly, not enough drama or backstory to round out the ending completely, but it wasn't a bad ending. This was a quick but heavy read. Definitely one that entertained and left an impression.
Synopsis: Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie's grandmother's abandoned home near Salem, she can't refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest--to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge.
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.
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