Book Reviews

My thoughts on The Fifth Petal Brunonia Barry

Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, investigates a 25-year-old triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed one Halloween night. Aided by Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims who has returned to town, Rafferty begins to uncover a dark chapter in Salem’s past. Callie, who has always been gifted with premonitions, begins to struggle with visions she doesn’t quite understand and an attraction to a man who has unknown connections to her mother’s murder. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian and sometime-aunt to Callie, is guilty of murder or witchcraft. But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again?

So let me start on what i think about this book. I was sold with the book cover and synopsis. Well I couldn’t resist putting it down as I started on the first few chapters. I am always fascinated about Salem and the Salem witch trials. Even watched the TV series Salem.

Anyway the books is quite thrilling and I didn’t get bored even with all the small history tidbits of the trials. I sometimes get bored with mystery thrillers, sometimes – but this book is a real page turner for me.

I have to admit though that I was confused at first with the sudden changes of scenery, I usually read 1st person point of view stories these days and the occasional 3rd person point of view. There is always a pause or a cue where you know that there is a change of a scene in the same timeline. Like in comics or a stage play.

But I got the flow as I keep reading, couldn’t but my kindle down really. I find this book good because the plot twists and every one in the books connected. And this is what I expected to be in thriller books, especially when murder is involved.

As I went to the end of the book, I read a few scene that confused me at first that I had to backtrack and read it again. (Won’t be mentioning that scene because it will be a spoiler but will give you a clue, it’s involved with Rafferty and Towner)

Also the main character Callie, I kind of compared her to (the guy in hannibal) the FBI consultant who is an empath in the Hannibal tv series (I just love that show). Callie’s visions are maybe cause of her strong empathy or she just has the 3rd to see such things and more.

As for the murdered, I am surprised at the same time I shouldn’t since the murderer is really right under their noses. Well you know what they say “Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned”

In the end I am happy with the ending. My ships (OTPs) in this book sailed perfectly. And I am giving a 4.5 start rate on this book. If you have a fascination for witches and Salem then you’ll definitely will like this book.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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