Thursday, July 7, 2011

Review: A Witch's Lament / Thursday 13: Novels Set in Salem

A Witch's LamentA Witch's Lament by Catherine Anne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Blurb:
When Skye Temple buys a historic house in Salem, Massachusetts, the witch capital of the world, she ignites events that began centuries ago during the witch trials. Salem's bloody history unfolds with her discovery of ancestral diaries, the murders of local girls, and her attraction to Jerome Phips.

A local police officer, Jerome has returned to Salem vowing to uncover the truth of his mother's disappearance during a ritual gone wrong 30 years ago. His suspicion of Skye and her family's history keeps tension between them high.

Burdened with the birth-task of the Goods to keep an ancient knife protected, Skye gains a new understanding of her powers, while the need to avenge his mother's death drives Jerome. Past and present collide in a final ritual between evil, love and honor.

I’m a sucker for stories about Salem. I love the town, and it makes such a rich backdrop for a paranormal book. The author makes great use of the setting, winding in elements of Salem’s violent history alongside the modern commercial aspects of the town.

The story itself is fast-paced and filled with magickal twists and turns. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I look forward to reading Collins’ next book!

Thursday 13: Novels Set in Salem
  1. A Witch’s Lament by Catherine Anne Collins
  2. A Witch’s Legacy by Catherine Anne Collins
  3. I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Conde
  4. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
  5. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  6. The Last Witchfinder by Jennet Stearne
  7. Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
  8. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
  9. The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
  10. The Crucible by Arthur Miller (okay, it’s a play, not a novel)
  11. The Afflicted Girls by Suzy Witten
  12. Susannah Morrow by Megan Chance
  13. Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill


  1. A Witch's Lament sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing today.

  2. Thanks, Denise! Witches, Salem, romance, was exactly the sort of book that I love to read.