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Product Details

  • Series: Witch Hunt Novel (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780451236364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236364
  • ASIN: 045123636X
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the most beautifully written and scariest books I've ever read. Samantha, the main character, wrestles with fear and faith in an unputdownable heart-stopper of a supernatural thriller. This is one of my top ten EVER."
Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

Debbie Viguié is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Wicked  series and the new Crusade young adult series, both co-authored with Nancy Holder. Debbie also writes thrillers including the Psalm 23 Mysteries and the upcoming Kiss trilogy. When Debbie isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Scott, visiting theme parks. They live in Florida with their cat, Shrödinger.

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Debbie Viguié has been writing for most of her life and holds a degree in creative writing from U.C. Davis. Debbie loves theme parks and enjoys traveling with her husband, Scott. Debbie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Florida.

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This book had been sitting on my `to be read' pile for a little while before I got round to reading it.
Helen Hancox
If you can resist the temptation to long for the more familiar and well worn paths, you'll find one heck of a treat in this book.
It not only sidetracks you from the story, but it makes you feel like you're being preached at throughout the novel.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on April 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
As a child, Samantha grew up in a coven of witches consumed by the black side of power, A coven who regularly spilled blood. Now, years later, she is the only survivor, and she struggles day to day to keep the horror in her past. Now a devout christian and a detective firmly on the side of good, she devotes her time to helping others. However, her latest case hits a little too close to home as woman are dying with ritual symbols carved into them, meaning the witches have returned. She'll have to go undercover and infiltrate the coven as she is the only one who stands a chance at stopping them. But that mean she'll have to use her power again despite her vow, and that may just break her.

Whenever I think of witches, I always picture a mixture of both good and evil, just as there are both types of normal people. I just figure that it doesn't take a supernatural power to be evil, so why wouldn't there be some good ones as well? The author does seem to brush on this as she separates the witches out from the more benevolent wiccans who believe in not harming others. The witches in The Thirteenth Sacrifice are nothing short of pure evil, with Samantha being the only possible exception, and even she struggles to stay on the side of good. The greed for power is so all consuming to them that they commit unspeakable acts, and definitely ratcheted up the creepy factor in this book.

Samantha is such a tortured soul and really quite broken. Her horrific past haunts her, threatening to consume her, but no matter how much she fights it, she cannot ever really escape it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shannon M. on April 11, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The plot itself is excellent, I'll agree. The magical battles are electrifying, and there are plenty of scares.
But plot alone cannot move a story, without a good character to get behind, and I just didn't find that here. The novel is, for want of a better word, estrogen-heavy. The heroes are women, the villains are women. It's a book of and about women. In fact, the only men in the story are basically just there to support the women.
Some may be saying Great! It's about time! Well, that itself seems to be a good thing, but no. Women are depicted only three ways in this story: they are either irredeemably evil, they're trying not to be evil anymore, or they're simply chattel for sacrifice.
It falls right back into the old stereotype that women are too weak to handle power without turning evil. A woman cannot be powerful and good at the same time.
I just couldn't get past that glaring bit of dis-empowerment and enjoy the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ravenly on January 28, 2013
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This was a very well written dark story that has a great plot. I love a good dark story that slowly reveals itself. I did not have any idea who the head coven leader was until she was revealed so the mystery elements were well done. Loved the parts about the coven, the magic and just good all around violence and badness. Excellent presentation of spells and details on rituals that I found fascinating and scary good.

The reason I struggled with it and didn't totally fall into the story was I could not suspend disbelief with regards to Samantha. She would go from pathetic and wimpy to bada$$ witch with all this knowledge that has supposedly been buried under trauma since she was 12 years old. I also thought she acted like a scared little police detective with no experience. She was so caught up in her fears that she never really did much on the police front. Way too much inner focus and angst that just overshadowed her actions. I also didn't buy the undercover elements as it seemed very amateur. When you keep getting dumped out of the story thinking it doesn't make sense and you don't believe it - it makes it really hard to enjoy. And the weird romance elements with instant lust that was never explained was just....weird. With the exception of the super evil witches, who were just scary, I was not feeling the other characters and really did not like Samantha.

Having written all that I am really curious about the next story and will give it a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raven on October 13, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Debbie Viguie's new Witch Hunt series introduces readers to Samantha Ryan, a Boston police detective with a unique and quite dangerous past. Raised within the confines of an evil coven in Salem, Samantha is imbued with the dark powers of witchcraft passed down through generations of her family but having escaped the torment of her childhood physically, the deep mental scars remain with her. So, when a number of bodies appear marked with the points of a pentagram Samantha is called upon to go undercover back in Salem to root out the perpetrators of these evil deeds and to rekindle her powers of witchcraft to foil a dastardly plot of raising a dead witch. There's also a slightly ludricous plotline involving a virus which makes members of the public see witches everywhere causing them to randomly attack other people and an obligatory romantic subplot where Samantha is drawn to the debonair owner of a witchcraft museum whose mother was murdered by the coven that Samantha grew up in. Yes...I know...

I don't know if it's just me, but I found the whole book quite unbalanced with the witchcraft storyline holding the majority of my interest throughout and being quite well written but I felt the whole thing was a little out of kilter. It was if Viguie had to keep reminding herself to juggle the demands of the horror, police procedural, and romance genres with the latter two elements feeling slightly crow-barred in at times to disrupt the fairly strong central plot. Samantha was a likeable enough character but seemed too participate in far too much naval gazing about her predicament instead of steeling herself to the task in hand and concentrate on thwarting the raising of the scaberous witch Abigail and at some points I just wanted to give her a bit of shake.
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