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"Witten's moving novel is a bold attempt to give an old story a new and more authentic rationale."--Lancashire Evening Post
 
"A well-researched look at what led Salem to hysteria."--Erika Mailman, Author of "The Witch's Trinity"
 
"A page-turning twist of a tale. Highly recommended!"--Layers of Thought
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Product Details

  • Series: Novel of Salem
  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: DREAMWAND (October 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615323138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615323138
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,307,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The synopsis sounded good... I'd just like to know, who wrote the synopsis? 'Cause that was much, much better than the actual story. The story seemed grossly unedited - with grammar, punctuation and blatant spelling errors. I do believe this has the most errors in any book I've EVER read.

My opinion is that it was heavy on the fiction (with inexplicably random, and unbelievable, sex thrown in, I suppose to make it all more interesting?) and very, very light on the history. I finished the book thinking there'd be an epihany (on my part) at the end, but no. I was disappointed. No "startling new theories," no "300-year-old mysteries put to rest," and I certainly didn't feel "expertly guided" as the description promised.
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The Afflicted Girls / 978-0-615-32313-8

It is my belief that any historical novel must be subjected to two questions in a review - first, is the material historically accurate, and second, is the material pleasant and engaging to read.

In answer to the first question, as an avid student of the Salem witch trials, I can say that "The Afflicted Girls" is the least historically-accurate Salem artifact I have encountered. Much of the novel feels like a very loose re-write of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" - popular antagonist Abigail Williams is again given an age upgrade from her historical 11 years of age to a sexually tantalizing 16 years of age so that she can feel up men, rape young boys, and have masturbatory fantasies about her uncle Parris. Major societal details have been changed - far too many of the characters are literate as a plot-device, and pretty much all of the Puritan girls running around Salem are sexually active and without a single thought to accidental pregnancy (some brief mention is made of birth control herbs).

As for the trials, the actual details of the trials have been totally rewritten. The order in which the accused were arrested, tried, and executed is arbitrarily changed. One of the accusing girls - protagonist Mercy Lewis - never actually testifies in court, and her role as accuser, and then accused, and then accuser again is completely rewritten. Several people who were either executed or left in prison until finally bonded out at the end of the trials have now been rescued in a completely narrative-breaking adventure jail-break sequence. This isn't even to mention that the entire novel only covers the events up to and including the first, initial set of hangings - barely a fraction of the Salem story.
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Suzy Witten's The Afflicted Girls is a masterfully interwoven story of a dark period in history, the Salem Witch Trials, a debacle of deceit by false accusations of young girls, spun out of control to devastating consequences of injustice and death to innocents. The horror of a lie, that spreads like the plague to catch its victims and hold them to the destruction of others, is sewn into the story line way early on, so the reader knows what is to come and as the tension builds so does the mind boggling lack of understanding how the human condition can sink to such lows as to allow with utter disregard the life of another human being. Witten creates believable characters, intricately interwoven into each other's lives, to develop the complex of a town that would involve itself in the devastation of persecution. The darkness of the massive town agreement against the vows of innocence grabs ones cells, that there by the Grace do any of us walk. We live among evil, in the shadows of each of us, when the darkness by group agreement overtakes, resulting in senseless destruction. This dark side lived in Salem, as it lives now, and Witten's telling of it then, back in the turbulent days of Salem, is a reminder that this lesson lived 400 years ago, but in the big evolutionary scheme of the human condition is a baby step away. The historical aspects of the writing are intelligently well crafted into this beautifully written story, with believable character development, and scene description, that all come together to make this a wonderfully compelling read.
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The Salem Witch Trials have fascinated people for over 300 years. A frenzy of accusation and executions, followed by recantation and vindication--but much too late. It's the stuff of horror stories.

How could this madness be triggered by the wild accusations of children and adolescents? Oh, so easily. There's always someone who has something to gain...

The author has spun a terrifying tale, drawing us deftly into the minds and hearts of the major characters. Her story makes sense. It could have happened much that way...and it could happen again.

This is not a book for the precious and delicately sensitive. But it is a good read for anyone who can bring an open mind to it, and has a sound grasp of the way society actually functioned at the end of the 17th century. Thoughtless brutality and smug hypocrisy existed--whether you like to read about it or not.
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First, I have to say that I'm not a big fan of historical fiction. I would rather learn about history by reading straight history. The author sent me a free copy and wanted to know my thoughts because I am the author of a book about the witch trials - Justice At Salem: Reexamining The Witch Trials.

The story was well told and had interesting twists. (Although I was a bit irked by the misrepresentation of Bridget Bishop, especially as I spent so much time in my book correcting the record about her. But mistakes about Bishop are common in a lot of books about Salem.)

I really enjoyed reading the book, even though I would not have otherwise picked it up. It would make a great gift, especially for a girlfriend or any woman interested in this sort of thing. I would not recommend this book to younger children due to some of the more graphic scenes.
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