2020 Book Review: The Witches by Stacy Schiff

Who hasn’t heard of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692? It’s a subject has fascinated me with since I was young. I never could truly understand why people acting in such a way or even if the condemned had really done anything wrong. In my early teenage mind wondered if they really had magical powers and had done some of what they had claimed as I aged, I learned more and realized it was all hysteria and paranoia of the time.

Even though I learned the truth, I still continued reading books and even watching movies, actual or not on the topic. This book became one of my purchases as I wanted to see if it said anything new or was an interesting read. I found it to be interesting. It was difficult to understand; I am not sure if others felt this way or not, but it seems like I was being led along a historical journey by someone who knew the way, but sometimes forgot the straightest route.

I take full blame of this, I would sit the book down and pick it up when I could take a few moments to myself to read it again. I sometimes have trouble with a book if I’m not able to read large portions all at once and have to pick through getting a page or two or a chapter here and there.

This is a historical documentary novel about the horrific trials with tons of information. I learned some new things as I worked through the pages. The author is a great writer and I compliment them on tackling this subject; it isn’t easy in the very least to write something on Salem and what happened. It’s something I’ve not attempted, that is for sure.

Side note: This post was not planned to fall on Friday the 13th. I didn’t even realize the date until I went to click the button. It made me chuckle. I wrote a long list of books I had read and then narrowed down the ones I wished to review for the website. This book was next in line.

This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let’s have a conversation about it.