Review: The Fifth Petal – Brunonia Barry

Well, it’s been a hot second.

I guess book blogging takes a backseat to constant homework, eh?

Today’s review is all on The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry, and what is better than a murder mystery laced with Salem history?!

Pretty much the best way to get out of both a reading and a blogging slump!

Did The Fifth Petal meet all my expectations? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

The Book

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 Review

This book was fantastic!

The way Barry is able to weave both a story and some history of Salem was really interesting to read. It made me want to read more about the history, and as such I now have two non-fiction books about Salem on my shelf.

Barry’s mastery had me on my toes the entire time. I kept jumping from character to character as the possible murderer, but I really didn’t consider who it actually was! It was very reminiscent of the Gone Girl twist.

The romance between Callie and Paul progressed so naturally that I was rooting for them the entire time I read The Fifth Petal. If Barry wanted to publish a sequel to what they’ve gotten up to, I would definitely pick it up.

I feel I would have gotten more out of the Rafferty/Towner relationship if I had read The Lace Reader before I read The Fifth Petal, but I feel that the relationship was presented in a way that didn’t make it seem like I missed too much.

I also felt that other characters in the novel would have made more sense if I had read The Lace Reader, but the fact that I enjoyed this book so much makes me want to pick it up.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Purchase Links

Random HouseAmazon | Barnes & NobleIndigo

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