- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Crown (January 24, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101905603
- ISBN-13: 978-1101905609
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 191 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is Halloween night in 1989 and three beautiful young women also known as The Goddesses have just been brutally murdered. There is a five year old girl hiding in the bushes, the daughter of one of the victims. In her hand she is clutching a strange wooden rosary with a flower with five petals. When she is discovered and they remove the rosary, the impression of the flower is embedded in her hand. The only other witness is a woman named Rose Whelan, a noted historian who is now incoherent except for babbling about the banshee.
The three women and one other who cannot be found, were descendants of women who were hung as witches in 1692. The four of the petals stand for the four Goddesses but who is the fifth petal for?
We jump ahead to Halloween night in 2014 and another death. A group of young boys are bullying Rose Whelan who is now unkempt and homeless. One of the boys has drawn a knife and is threatening Rose to the point that he actually cuts her. Suddenly there is an earth shattering screaming noise and the boy drops dead. When the police arrive all Rose can say is that the banshee did it. A modern day witch hunt is started by many of the people of Salem who believe that Rose murdered the boy and the three young women in 1989. When Callie Cahill, the woman who was the five year old girl, hears what has happened in Salem, she returns to be with Rose. With this new death and Callie Cahill back in town, the Chief of police, John Rafferty is forced to reopen the Goddesses murder case. Witchcraft is alive and well and living in modern day Salem.
This book has love, sex and witches. What more could anyone want? The Five Petals is well written and paced fast enough to hold a reader's interest. There is a new development around every corner. I would have given it five stars were it not for the fact that I guessed who was the fifth petal and the murderer at least three quarters of the way through the book. I don't feel that it detracted from my enjoyment of the book. There's even a wonderful love story to hold your interest. I had been waiting to read this book and I was not disappointed.
Posted on Goodreads and Amazon 9/3/2017