The Fifth Petal- Review 


When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem’s most notorious cold case, a triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed on Halloween night in 1989. He finds unexpected help in Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims newly returned to town. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian, is guilty of murder or witchcraft. 

But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again?

Honestly, there was too much going on for me. I had a hard time keeping  up with all the subplots and the main plot. It also jumps a lot from characters, places, and times with no warning. I had to re-read several parts just to figure out what had happened in those jumps. 

It’s incredibly fast paced, and if you like multiple stories within a story, this is the book for you. I’m not a fan of stories with so many plots it’s hard to keep them all together, so I wasn’t able to fully finish this book. 

There were interesting parts, especially the parts about Salem in the 1600s, but there wasn’t enough good parts to keep my attention. I did not read the first book in the series, so that may be the reason for my confusion. 

*I received this book free from publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

Buy it here: Amazon

About the author: Barry Brunonia


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