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Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, investigates a 25-year-old triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed one Halloween night. Aided by Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims who has returned to town, Rafferty begins to uncover a dark chapter in Salem’s past. Callie, who has always been gifted with premonitions, begins to struggle with visions she doesn’t quite understand and an attraction to a man who has unknown connections to her mother’s murder. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian and sometime-aunt to Callie, is guilty of murder or witchcraft. But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again?
The Salem witch trials have always interested me, so I jumped at the chance to read a thriller that revolves around their history. I am so glad I did! The Fifth Petal is interesting and constantly keeps you guessing at all the possibilities of what really happened. Is Rose telling the truth or is she simply traumatized and delusional from that night in 1989?
Even though The Fifth Petal is the second book in a series, it can be read as a standalone. Now I plan on going back and reading book 1 in the series, The Lace Reader to find out more about Towner’s history.
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“Freeing the goddess was the worst thing the tree could have done, for her imprisonment had changed her very nature, turning her from a goddess to a banshee, not the ones you’ve heard about, who only predict death, but one who actually kills.”
“Written accounts claimed one could see the bodies hanging all the way from North Street. This public spectacle had been required by law, a warning to others of the consequences that befell those who signed the Devil’s book.”
“You run from me when you should embrace me…But remember this as you flee: You brought me into existence. I am not the cause, I am merely the effect.”
“I am no more a witch than you are a wizard, and if you take away my life, God will give you blood to drink.”