Book Review – The Heretic’s Daughter

The Heretic’s Daughterthe-heretics-daughter
Written By: Kathleen Kent
Published By: Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group USA, New York, 2008, First Edition, 352 pages, hardcover
ISBN 978-0316024488
Top Pick






The Heretic’s Daughter is a superbly-crafted story of one family’s segregation and persecution during the horrendous and abysmal time of the Salem Witch Trials.”

Product Description – From
“Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and wilful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha’s courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.
Kathleen Kent is a tenth generation descendent of Martha Carrier. She paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family’s deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution.”

The Heretic’s Daughter is a novel that I love! This work of historical fiction is a gift to the world. This story gives us such a candid and realistic taste of that terrible time in our world’s history. The characters are detailed, convincing and written with great care. The story flows beautifully with ideal momentum.
As I read this book, I felt so much anger towards all of the people who killed these innocent men, women and children. Dealing with a small pox epidemic, murderous raids from local Indian tribes as well as other hardships would have put strain on anyone, but I just felt so helpless and sad for Sarah, her family and the many other innocent people who died in this frenzied, fear-driven miasma. Friends and neighbours; even family members turning on one another for fear of their own lives or from greed and spite.
Written from the daughter’s perspective, this story pulls at your heart strings while steering clear of ‘fluffy’ sentimentality. It vividly describes the hardships and difficulties of their lives and the affects these changes have on the Carrier family.
I very highly recommend this book!!!

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (10 out of 10 Diamonds) – Absolutely LOVED it!!

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A special thanks to Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy.

To listen to an interview on Blog Talk Radio with Kathleen Kent, please click here.

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9 thoughts on “Book Review – The Heretic’s Daughter

  1. Sounds a fascinating book. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I found your blog completely by accident – serendipity!

  2. Sarah,

    I know, same here! This really was the first book that I’ve read about the Salem Witch Trials and it really gave me a feel for what they must have gone through and how horrible it would have been to be involved, in any way.
    I hope you enjoy it!


  3. A friend sent me her copy of this book and I can hardly wait to read it. It may be awhile though because I’m drowning in ARC’s at the moment.

  4. I hope enjoy it as much as I did, Teddy. I’ve got quite a pile of books to wade through too. ;-)
    Right now I’m trying to fit in family/Holiday time around reading and reviewing lol
    I’ll be getting back into more-rapid reviewing mode in January, for sure.
    ARC’s are wonderful, aren’t they? :-)

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