The Heretic's Daughter

The Heretic's Daughter: A Novel

by Kathleen Kent

Suzanne Lonardo: Have to agree with Dale's review. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It was well written and kept my attention. Good story with interesting facts of the witch hunts. Would strongly recommend this but it was not an all time favorite
Rating: ****

Wanda Cohen: We've all heard stories about the Witch Trials that took place in our country's history, but never in the form of such a well written, beautifully crafted, masterpiece of a book. The Author, Kathleen Kent, is a direct descendant of Martha Carrier. Kathleen grew up listening to stories about her ancestors, including Martha. When she decided to write about her family she used those stories as a foundation but added five years of research to her valuable personal knowledge before the book was written.

Based on the accusations of a dozen young girls, neighbor is pitted against neighbor, friend against friend, and child against mother. More than two hundred men, women and children are placed in prison on charges of witchcraft, Martha Carrier and four of her children, including her daughter Sarah, among them. As I read this book, I was enthralled and appalled, enthralled by the strength of Martha and her family and appalled by the ignorance and corruption of those responsible for allowing hysteria and superstition to rule their actions and ultimately kill those under their protection and care. Kathleen's words give Martha and her family breath and tears and courage that will reach out to you and hold you captive until you turn the last page.
Rating: *****

Dale Israel: I ran across this book one day when I was having fun browsing around Barnes and Noble and it looked interesting to me. The book begins in 1752 when Sarah Carrier Chapman writes a letter to her granddaughter revealing the secret she has guarded closely for several decades and which has haunted her since she was a child. In this letter, Sarah reveals the horrors she and her family endured during the time of the Salem witch hunts.

This is Kathleen Kent's debut novel and interestingly enough, she is a direct descendant of Martha Carrier. This book brought to light Puritan New England in its darkest hour. It amazed me how the town people put so much stock into what some young, adolescent children had to say. The book kept my attention and I enjoyed it, though would not classify it as "delicious"...which is the highest compliment I can give a book. Let's just say it was "tasty!"
Rating: ****

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