Who can resist a witch?

The Fifth Petal: A Novel - Brunonia Barry

This book has some of the same characters as in “The Lace Reader” though you don’t necessarily need to read the first book in order to enjoy this one. There are some mention of things that happened in the first book.  Apparently, more of what has happened between the first and second books will be contained in the author’s next release “Bone Lace”.  Although I did read “The Lace Reader”, I don’t remember it all that well so I didn’t quite remember what they were talking about in the mentions of previous happenings but it didn’t take away from the present book.


As said, I don’t really remember much about the first book and I feel that a few months from now, I won’t remember much of this book either. I enjoyed the overall ambiance of the setting in Salem, Mass and all the background information about the Salem witch trials, although I’ve read most of that before.  Also interesting was to learn about present day Salem and the effects the past has had on it.  As for the two witch stories contained in this book, the first surrounded the murder of three young woman known as the “Goddesses” in 1989 and the present-day murder of a teenage boy.  Rose Whelan, a respected expert on the Salem witch trials, was the prime suspect in both murders.  She claimed that a banshee was to blame.


I did like each of the characters in this book and I enjoyed reading the story. However, it was very drawn out and a lot of the book seemed to be just fill in.  I had trouble keeping my attention on the book and it never really hooked me.  But I did enjoy the basic story and I’m sure anyone who enjoyed “The Lace Reader” will welcome this newest addition.


This book was given to me by the publisher through LibraryThing in return for an honest review.