Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried, and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha's courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.
Kathleen Kent is a 10th generation descendent of Martha Carrier. She is also a natural-born storyteller, and in her first novel, she paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family's deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution
A fantastic first novel
This is terrific first novel! The story is based on true people, the main character was a relative of the author and is beautifully researched and told. It is difficult not to feel the hardships of the people and the fear that they felt during an ugly period of American history.
The Heretic's Daughter
This book is one of the best audiobooks I've ever experienced. The tale is engaging and very exciting as the storyteller draws the listener into a web of realistic fiction. The irony of events that happen (which seem very real) are terrifying and remind us all how rumors can evolve into reality and affect the lives of innocent people. Thank you Kathleen Kent for speaking for the ones who died without a voice. This book was eloquent and well done.
I paid for the audio and it only gave me the first five chapters. This book was $20 and it didn’t even give you the whole thing. I need to read this for school and I’m so mad that i had to pay $20 for a book that I didn’t get the full story from!