The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent

Just finished reading The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent

This story is set during the period of the Salem witch trials and is told in the voice of Sarah Carrier, daughter to Martha Carrier.  The Carriers are farmers and the first half of the book pulls you into their life – and what a hard life it is.  The carriers move to live with Sarah’s mother when the pox infects their village and unwittingly carry the disease with them.  The result of this is that they are held in suspicion and resentment by a lot of the villagers in Andover.

I don’t particularly know much about this period in time – other than bits and pieces in films and books – and therefore I’m far from being an expert.  I think in a way this is what made this book more interesting reading and picking up all these little random pieces of information that I’d never heard about before.  I never really quite understood before exactly what the whole ‘witch trials’ were really like.  I mean they were basically horrendous and seemingly all caused by greed, jealousy, envy and hysteria.

Reading the trials, for example, was so frustrating that I could have thrown the book against the wall in anger.  Just so annoying, innocent people having to confess to all sorts of wrong doings or otherwise be tortured.  What sort of a trial was that anyway – nobody was innocent – they were already guilty before they stepped into the room.

Anyway, rant over.  This book is good.  It pulls you into the lives of the Carriers and makes you care about them and the outcome.

It’s a harsh tale and frankly sad but it’s well written and by an actual descendant of one of the condemned witches. Difficult to believe that this is a first novel.

I liked this book, it didn’t take long to get involved in the story, it was interesting and at the end gripping.

Rating B+

Went mooching at weekend and bought a few books (don’t want to run out after all!!)  The Heretics Daughter – Kathleen Kent; Remarkable Creatures by Tracey Chevalier, No One You Know by Michelle Richmond – all these were my charity shop bargains.  Plus I bought Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick.  Decided to read the Heretics Daughter first…


The Heretic's Daughter

The Heretic's Daughter

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