Updated: Sep 10
By Chris Bohjalian
A Riveting Story with an Unforgettable Female Protagonist
Boston 1662. Mary Deerfield is 24 years old beautiful Puritan woman who wants a divorce from her emotionally and physically abusive husband. She is the second wife of Thomas Deerfield, who is a respected and powerful member of the community. When Thomas in a drunken age rage sticks a three-tined fork into the back of Mary’s hand she has had enough.
Mary had found this fork, know as the devil fork, buried in her garden earlier in the day. The fork’s appearance was frightening enough for Mary’s servant girl to run screaming from the house. After seeing the fork in Mary possession she accuses her of poisoning her recently deceased brother with her special herbs. As rumors in the community spread Mary must fight not only for her divorce but accusations of being a witch.
HOUR OF THE WITCH is a perfect blend of characters, setting, and story. Bohjalian skillfully transports us back in time to the male-dominated political and religious hierarchy of the 17th century, and an atmosphere of witch hysteria in this early Puritan Boston community. He creates an unforgettable and intelligent female protagonist that has the courage, tenacity, and resilience to speak up. The story is riveting and filled with unrelenting tension.
One of the biggest mysteries is who buried those devil’s forks in Mary’s garden and why. It’s not till the end that we finally discover the real culprit The story explores the depths that people will go to protect their self-interest.
I was initially hesitant about reading this book because of the perceived subject matter, but am so glad that I decided to take the risk. I listened to the book and quickly fell in love with the narration, which only added to the authenticity of this well-researched and spell-binding story.
Bohjalian has written numerous other best-selling novels with strong female protagonists most recently including The Flight Attendant, The Red Lotus, and The Sleepwalker. HOUR OF THE WITCH was a most anticipated novel for 2021, and you don't want to miss it
”Yes this may be the hour of the witch, but the devil, he most definitely wears britches, the devil can only be a man.”
Publisher Penguin Random House Audio
Published May 3, 2021
Narrated Grace Experience and others