DELIVERANCE FROM EVIL: A NOVEL OF THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS by Frances Hill [Review]

Deliverance from Evil: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials

I want to begin this review of DELIVERANCE FROM EVIL: A NOVEL OF THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS by stating one small fact about myself: I’ve been interested and researching the Salem Witch Files since I was young. The topic has always been something that has interested me, and is one that I hold near and dear to my heart. The day that I visited the witch trial memorial two years ago was one of the most humbling moments of my life.

That being said, I loved Deliverance From Evil. While Frances Hill obviously took creative license with the story and the characters, as someone that feels strongly about this topic, I found her writing and description to be near flawless.

The story of the witch trials is a sad one; basically it was bored little girls that decided to play a trick. Unfortunately, their trick snowballed and the next thing the world knew, innocent people were being hanged and crushed to death under suspicion of witchcraft.

Deliverance From Evil follows the same story, and the characters are all actual people. Abigail Williams, George Burroughs, Rebecca Nurse, John and Elizabeth Proctor, Thomas Putnam; all of these people were there and either hanged, accused, or were the accusers in Salem back in 1692.

I absolutely loved the way that Hill takes a story that I am so familiar with and puts a corrupt twist into the accusers and their families. Her story telling has sharp wit, smart dialogue (there are parts that are a bit tedious, but it was the 1600s. People talked funny!), and especially an overall haunting feel to the entire story.

Deliverance from Evil is a great book for those that are already interested in the witch trials and those that are just beginning their journey into the sad times. Hill captures the hysteria and the suspicion of those past times flawlessly. I would recommend this book to anyone.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Duckworth & Co | Pages: 352 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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  • Jeff Rivera

    Thanks for the review! this will be a good addition to my books to be read list.I have always been intrigued by the witch hunt years back in the dark ages. I’ll try to get a copy soon!

  • Midnyte Reader

    I’ve always been interested in the Witch Trials too and I love the city of Salem/Danvers, etc.  I’m glad you liked this.  I’d like to read it too.