Hour of the Witch

Hour of the Witch

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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 historical thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling 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 finds 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 thriller from one of our greatest storytellers, Hour of the Witch is a timely and terrifying novel of socially sanctioned brutality and the original American witch hunt.

Title:Hour of the Witch
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385542432
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    Hour of the Witch Reviews

  • Elizabeth

    Thee will find this long and trying. Thou would be best served reading anything else....

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    This is stunning, thought provoking and intense! A book keeps you on your toes, fists are clenched, your heart rates are skyrocketing, tension is building higher, you get more agitated at each moment ...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Wow, wow, wow. I think I’ve been reading books by Chris Bohjalian my entire adult life? Early works like Buffalo Soldier, Midwives, and more recent ones like the thrilling The Flight Attendant are a...

  • Debra

    Boston 1662Mary Deerfield is a twenty-four-year-old woman married to Thomas Deerfield. Mary is Thomas' second wife. His first wife died after being kicked by a horse. Mary should feel lucky to be marr...

  • Cheri

    3.5 StarsMary Deerfield, along with her parents, left England and travelled across the sea for a life in America, in hopes for a new land and new life which held much promise. For her father, he felt ...

  • Kay

    Hour of the Witch is story of 24 year old Mary Deerfield. She's married to a well to do mill owner. Her husband is a drunk and abusive. Mary wants a divorce after the abuse has gotten worse. A divorce...

  • Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    With a bit of a slow start, I pushed through and found myself truly enjoying this book. With one strong courageous character, Mary Deerfield, we learn of the trials and hardship she experienced living...

  • Libby

    4+ stars (Mild spoiler)Although the year is 1662 in Boston and much has changed, I find some commonalities. For one, the supposition that riches are conferred by God. Today, it may be known as the Gos...

  • Linda

    "The Puritan through Life's sweet garden goes to pluck the thorn and cast away the rose." (Kenneth Hare)To exist in Boston and in the early Puritan settlements must have been the scourge of every youn...

  • Barbara

    I think I’m an outlier here; I wasn’t a huge fan of Chris Bohjalian’s “Hour of the Witch”. It could be that I adored so many of his previous works that I had high expectations. Or it could b...