Hour of the Witch

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Product Details

Price
$28.95  $26.63
Publisher
Doubleday Books
Publish Date
Pages
416
Dimensions
6.4 X 9.5 X 1.5 inches | 1.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780385542432

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About the Author

CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of twenty-two books, including The Red Lotus, Midwives, and The Flight Attendant, which is an HBO Max limited series starring Kaley Cuoco. His other books include The Guest Room; Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands; The Sandcastle Girls; Skeletons at the Feast; and The Double Bind. His novels Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers were made into movies, and his work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages. He is also a playwright (Wingspan and Midwives). He lives in Vermont and can be found at chrisbohjalian.com or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Litsy, and Goodreads, @chrisbohjalian.

Reviews

An IndieNext Pick for May
A Read It Forward Most Anticipated Book of 2021
A Lit Hub Most Anticipated Book of 2021

A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Book of 2021

Bohjalian's historical novel is full of twists and turns... [S]ure to keep readers enthralled. Though it's set in the 1600s, Mary's story resonates today, as it addresses the role religious and societal expectations can play in the lives of individuals. A must-read and highly recommended.
--Library Journal

"Absolutely riveting historical fiction that reads like the most pageturning of thrillers, driven by its compelling heroine Mary Deerfield, a young wife who finds the physical and moral courage to stand up for herself in a time when women could be hung as witches... Hour of the Witch is a woman's story, a romance, a history lesson, and a legal thriller, all of a piece. I haven't read a novel like it in recent memory, and I doubt that I will for years to come."
--Lisa Scottoline

A rich and terrifying story... Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalianis a grab-you-by-the-throat suspense read that both historical fiction fans and thriller lovers will devour.
--Real Simple

A probing page-turner about society's scapegoats and how elusive justice can be."
--AARP

Throughout Bohjalian's prolific career, he has rewarded readers with indelibly drawn female protagonists, and the formidable yet vulnerable Mary Deerfield is a worthy addition to the canon. Conjuring up specters of #MeToo recriminations and social media shaming, there are twenty-first-century parallels to Bohjalian's atmospheric Puritan milieu, and his trademark extensive research pays off in this authentic portrait of courage in the face of society's worst impulses. Bohjalian is a perennial favorite, and this Salem Witch Hunt drama has a special magnetism."
--Booklist, starred

A twisty thriller set in 17th-century Boston...With its exploration of themes including domestic abuse, toxic masculinity, and mass hysteria, the novel feels like anything but a period piece.
--Publishers Weekly

In 1660s Boston, blue-eyed, porcelain-delicate Mary Deerfield is determined to escape her marriage after her husband, the cruel and controlling Thomas Deerfield, shoves a fork through her hand in a drunken rage. Yet unfortunate incidents--a screaming maid, a boy's death after Mary treats him with herbs--leaves her longing not just for freedom but for her life; she could be condemned to the gallows as a witch. Another surprise read from the fabulously protean, New York Times best-selling Bohjalian... Illustrates how rough justice can get when religion and institutional sexism are in the mix.
--Library Journal

Illustrates how rough justice can get when religion and institutional sexism are in the mix.
--Kirkus