“Do you think, inside, every one of us is a killer?”
This is the question that haunts the people of Salem, Massachusetts, in Brunonia Barry’s new thriller, THE FIFTH PETAL (Crown). It’s a spellbinding story of supernatural powers and ancient and current myths colliding in a gruesome triple murder. Definitely not for your everyday chick-lit reader.
I was first introduced to Barry’s, THE FIFTH PETAL, the follow-up to her huge sensational debut, THE LACE READER, at BookExpo, in Chicago this past May. The publishing world was buzzing that this novel would be even more brilliant! Since I hadn’t read THE LACE READER, I was going in as a novice and wow, I was blown away!
My grandparents lived near Salem, Massachusetts, and growing up as a child I’d often visit in the summers and learn about the rich history of the witch trials. But I’d never read any fictional account that incorporated the past prejudices and witchcraft with the historical accuracy of what occurred creating a story including such compelling, quirky characters, twists and turns. I guess you could say, Barry delivers a delicious devious dessert served on a platter of gruesome gore in THE FIFTH PETAL Yum …
A teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, and Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader, Towner Whitney, wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem’s most notorious cold case, “The Goddess Murders.” In 1989, three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed on Halloween night and the killer or killers have never been found. Now Rafferty must uncover who, or what, is killing the descendants of Salem’s accused witches, while keeping the town’s paranoia from resurrecting to the hysteria that led to the infamous witch trials.
Brunonia Barry paints a spooky portrait of a modern New England town living in the past, grounded in Salem’s true, dark history. THE FIFTH PETAL uses magical realism to bring the world of Salem to life with suspenseful, sinister, and masterfully composed prose. You’ll be gripped by the throat at page one through the end … and after.
Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international best-selling author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was the first American author to win the International Women’s Fiction Festival’s Baccante Award and was a past recipient of Ragdale Artists’ Colony’s Strand Fellowship as well as the winner of New England Book Festival’s award for Best Fiction and Amazon’s Best of the Month. Her reviews and articles on writing have appeared in The London Times and The Washington Post. Brunonia co-chairs the Salem Athenaeum’s Writers’ Committee. She lives in Salem with her husband Gary Ward and their dog, Angel.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours http://www.tlcbooktours.com and Crown Publishing, we have one copy of THE FIFTH PETAL to giveaway. Just tell us about the scariest witch story you’ve ever read about or heard. We’ll announce a winner Monday.