I am really excited to be sharing this book with everyone. I know that it might be a little late to be giving this book as a suggested Halloween read. Frankly, this book is good enough to read at any time of the year (please do not wait for next Halloween). I will admit that there are some spoilers in this review. Sadly the parts that I really love about this book are the spoilers. I will try to keep it spoiler free, but please understand that there will be some spoilers.
How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather is about Samantha Mather who moves from New Yark to Salem after her father mysteriously goes into a comma, and her dealing with the mystery and witchcraft of Salem.
I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads. Even if there were partial ratings involve, this would be a solid five out of five stars.
One of the things the I truly enjoyed about this book was the mystery aspect. Not just the mystery, but how it tied both the past and the present together. In addition to the history, I also enjoyed how Adriana Mather is actually related to Cotton Mather, the man who started the witch trials in Salem. You do see how she respects the other families as well as the town in her writing, but I did enjoy knowing that little personal connection when reading this book. I felt as though it added a nice touch. The other two points that I enjoyed are actually spoilers. One of the things that I actually love was ending of the novel and the twist that happened. For some strange reason, I did not think that the events would turn out the way they did. I even spoiled myself by reading the last few pages of the novel, and even then I did not expect that plot twist. In addition, I also liked how almost everything was wrapped up and explained. Not everything was explained directly, which was nice because it gave you a chance to think about the book more. The book does stay with you for a bit, the more you think about it, the more everything starts to make sense.
Sadly, I do have a few problems with the book. However, these problems did not deter my enjoyment of the book. The first problem that I had was the slow beginning. I felt that it actually took too many chapters for us to get anywhere in developing the main problem and an idea on how to solve it. In addition to that, I also felt that the character’s choice and view of the world was annoying, however, the further we got along in the novel and we started to see that she was correct, the more the communities’ view became annoying and barbaric. Another problem that I had with the book was that the ending was not a bit longer. Let us be real here. I love the ending. However, I just wished that we got to see more of the aftermath of the incident at the end of the book. What did these teens say to the police? How did they explain the problems that they experience? I would also like to see how the relationship changed between Samantha and the other descendants. In addition, I would also like to know what happened to Elijah. It was hinted that he was able to pass on, but then he left a gift for Samantha. I am kind of curious to see if he did pass.
In the end, I would recommend this book to everyone. In fact, I have been. This book is definitely a good mystery thriller that does give off some creepy vibes once in a while. I am thoroughly happy and satisfied with this book. So far, what I am hearing is that everyone who has read it is also happy and satisfied.
I do hope that you enjoyed this review. If you have read the book, let me know in the comments below what you thought of the book. Did you enjoy it as much as I did? What was your favorite part? Was there any unanswered questions that you wished were answered after you finished reading this book?
Until next time. Happy reading!