Absolutely riveting historical fiction that reads like the most page-turning of thrillers.” –Lisa Scottoline, bestselling author of Eternal
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A young Puritan woman–faithful, resourceful, but afraid of the demons that dog her soul–plots her escape from a violent marriage in this riveting and propulsive novel of historical suspense from the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of The Flight Attendant.
Boston, 1662. Mary Deerfield is twenty-four-years-old. Her skin is porcelain, her eyes delft blue, and in England she might have had many suitors. But here in the New World, amid this community of saints, Mary is the second wife of Thomas Deerfield, a man as cruel as he is powerful. When Thomas, prone to drunken rage, drives a three-tined fork into the back of Mary’s hand, she resolves that she must divorce him to save her life. But in a world where every neighbor is watching for signs of the devil, a woman like Mary–a woman who harbors secret desires and finds it difficult to tolerate the brazen hypocrisy of so many men in the colony–soon becomes herself the object of suspicion and rumor. When tainted objects are discovered buried in Mary’s garden, when a boy she has treated with herbs and simples dies, and when their servant girl runs screaming in fright from her home, Mary must fight to not only escape her marriage, but also the gallows. A twisting, tightly plotted novel of historical suspense from one of our greatest storytellers, Hour of the Witch is a timely and terrifying story of socially sanctioned brutality and the original American witch hunt.
Mary is the second wife to Thomas. Thomas is not an easy husband nor is their marriage based on love. Thomas is an abuser. After Thomas breaks her hand with a fork, Mary decides to divorce him. In the 1600s…this is not easy.
Well! Chris Bohjalian has done it again. This is probably his best one yet! The time period, the setting, the history and OMG …the characters are just amazing!
There is so much captured in this novel. The cruelty is one that stands out. Not only between Mary and her husband, Thomas, but also between Mary and the church. The hypocrisy is another…How times have changed…and how they remain the same.
This is a story you will not soon forget! I am still thinking about it!
Need a book you can’t put down…THIS IS IT!
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.