The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history-the Salem witch trials.

Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie’s grandmother’s abandoned home near Salem, she can’t refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest–to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge.

As the pieces of Deliverance’s harrowing story begin to fall into place, Connie is haunted by visions of the long-ago witch trials, and she begins to fear that she is more tied to Salem’s dark past then she could have ever imagined.

Written with astonishing conviction and grace, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane travels seamlessly between the witch trials of the 1690s and a modern woman’s story of mystery, intrigue, and revelation.

I ended up really enjoying The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. It’s a mix of modern day & historical fiction centered around the Salem Witch Trials. The book kept my interest throughout and I liked the author’s note at the end describing what was historically accurate in the book. For a first book I think Katherine Howe did a great job. If she writes another book I would definitely read it.

Content: This was almost a clean read. There was just a handful of mild language scattered throughout. There is nothing graphic but it is implied that Connie slept with her boyfriend. He stays the night and they wake up in bed together, but no details. Witchcraft & occult practices are discussed and the charms & curses are real in this book. This didn’t bother me but may bother some.

Rating: 4 Stars. Although there are a few flaws in the plot that could be criticized, I was ablet to overlook them and thought this was a very enjoyable read.