Connie Goodwin, giovane e brillante dottoranda all’Università di Harvard, è impegnata in una ricerca sui processi di Salem, nel New England, che alla fine del Diciassettesimo secolo videro più di centocinquanta persone accusate di stregoneria. Ma durante l’estate è costretta a trasferirsi fuori città per sistemare e vendere la vecchia casa di famiglia. Ben presto Connie scopre che l’antica dimora contiene strani e preziosi tesori: non ultima, una Bibbia da cui cade una chiave dal fusto cavo, al cui interno è nascosto un pezzetto di carta ingiallita che porta una scritta: Deliverance Dane. Un nome legato non solo ai processi su cui Connie sta indagando, ma anche alla sua famiglia, a un segreto custodito da generazioni di donne e tramandato attraverso un libro proibito: un Libro delle Ombre, depositario di un sapere arcano e sovrannaturale, ormai perduto. Ma un filo rosso lega quel passato oscuro e terribile al presente: e mentre Connie, tormentata dalle visioni, cerca disperatamente di risolvere il mistero, qualcun altro è in cerca del libro perduto, e per ottenerlo è disposto a tutto, anche a ricorrere a una maledizione da cui non c’è scampo...
- ISBN: 8850224478
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 440
I'VE GOT A PROBLEM WITH THIS BOOK ALREADY!!! Only a few chapters into the book I am shocked at the following glaring error (and I hope there aren't any more of this magnitude before I'm done): On page 35 when Liz asks Connie, "Did you ever meet her (Granna)?", Connie answers that her mother told her t Leggi tutto
If you're eagerly looking forward to reading this book, avoid my scathing review. Sorry folks, if this review seems unkind, but I've got major hater tots for this book. I'm not averse to great detail if it's germane to the story or at least interesting, amusing, or informative. But must Ms. Howe des Leggi tutto
I only rated this as high as I did because I thought the idea was really interesting but honestly the execution was terrible. The main character was so boring and flat and every time she had a thought I wanted to smash my head into the wall. The professor over seeing her dissertation was a creep, an Leggi tutto
Witchcraft I loved the concept of a spellbook being uncovered in modern times with flashbacks to the Salem Witch trials of 1692. There is intrigue. Add a little bit of a thriller that other more sinister people want the book and you've got a cracker of a plot and an adventure story. Finally, add a gr Leggi tutto
Rating: 3.9* of five The Publisher Says : 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 f Leggi tutto
There was so much that led me to believe I would thoroughly love this book. The topic is of interest to me on lots of levels (I too am related to many of the individuals on both sides of the Salem trials), I've visited the area before, the author has great credentials and has been educated at outsta Leggi tutto
Usually I'm not the type of person to just randomly go out to Barnes and Noble and buy a book that I'm not sure I'll enjoy. Something about this book pulled me in, though, and it didn't let go of me until I finished it just now. I loved this book. Katherine Howe weaves her story with the finesse of
First, I did like this book. It is a great summer beach book; BUT it was much, much lighter than I thought it was going to be and given the hype I had been hoping for much more. The juxtaposition of the historical story and the modern story were very well done and the characters were likable and wel Leggi tutto
This has gotten a lot of buzz lately in the library world. Four librarians including myself had holds on it before it even arrived at the building. Apparently we'd all been hooked by the same intriguing blurb. Don't make the same mistake! A historical mystery that is slow to no purpose, containing f Leggi tutto
The concept was interesting. Unfortunately, the execution was not as good. Also, it featured a "historian" who apparently knows nothing about doing historical research. (I speak as a historian.) Also, I guessed the villain and the "big twist" fairly early, which didn't help. A real disappointment.
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