The Heretic's Daughter

The Heretic's Daughter

A Novel

Book - 2008/09/03
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Young Sarah Carrier tries to cope with life in Salem, Massachusetts, after her mother, Martha Carrier, is accused, tried, and hanged as a witch.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2008/09/03
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316024488
Branch Call Number: FICTION KENT
Characteristics: 332 p.


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Jun 30, 2017

Well written and intriguing. A solid tale based on history and yet somewhat slow moving. Once you find the Salem with trials interesting, you begin to see patterns in all of the stories based in New England with the same names and events appearing throughout. The endings come as no surprise so if you enjoy the topic, look for books based in Europe (like Paula Brackston's). It broadens the scope quite a bit.

CMLibrary_sdeason Feb 03, 2016

Before imprisonment as an accused witch, Sarah’s mother makes Sarah promise to do whatever is necessary to stay alive for the family. Does she tell the truth at the trial? Does she follow her mother’s wishes? This is an amazing novel that forces us to reconsider our history and the people who endured unbelievable atrocities.

Sep 30, 2015

Didn't finish this one. I've been to Salem and perhaps that's why I found this book boring.

Dec 30, 2014

If you have any interest at all in the Salem With Trials, this a good work of historical fiction. I found it riveting and was prompted to study up on the actual events.

Jan 29, 2014

9-year-old Sarah Carrier's tale begins in 1690 as she travels with her family from the town of Billerica to a new home in Andover in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Tragically, in what will ultimately be the root of poor future relations and suspicion in their new community, one of Sarah's brothers is unknowingly the bearer of disease. Sarah's mother, Martha Carrier, is bold, irreverent, outspoken and a bit mysterious -- traits that in the late 17th century, on the eve of the Salem Witch Trials, are dangerous for any woman.

I read this book hot on the heels of a fictionalized account of the Donner Party. Since the core facts of both of these events are common knowledge, I don't think it's much of a spoiler to comment on the sense of foreboding the reader experiences -- people are going to die. The innocent beginnings of the novel, when the true depths of Sarah's misfortune were yet to be revealed, was somewhat of a mental struggle, but it began to fade as I sunk deeper into the story. The author herself is a descendant of the real Martha Carrier, and the family stories passed down from generation to generation were the inspiration for her research and writing.

Sep 09, 2013

Couldn't put it down! Such an incredible historical fiction novel. I got so emotionally attached to the characters I was crying... ha... definitely recommended, although you might want to read something light and happy afterwards, as it is very depressing

Nov 14, 2011

Amazing book! So well written. It's a page turner for sure.

Nov 23, 2009

With exceptional insight, the author describes the every day life of the Salem Witch Trial era - 1690-1693. However the slow moving first part drags the reader down a little into details that could have been dealt with more succinctly. The opening letter and the aftermath at the end leave the reader hanging without real closure.

samdog123 Oct 09, 2008

A very interesting take on the Salem witch trials written by a direct descendent of Martha Carrier, who was accused of witchcraft in colonial Salem. Told from the perspective of her daugher, Sarah, it' a great historical fiction read.

Sep 05, 2008

Recommended by Costco.


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Feb 10, 2013

Wonderfully written novel revolving around the hysterical Salem witch trials of the 1690s period. The book concentrates on the experiences of one family-the Carriers-who stand tall against the onslaught of false accusations of witchcraft perpetuated by those who have grudges against the family. The novel specifically focuses on the viewpoint of Sarah Carrier, a 10 year old child. It recounts the hardships of that period in history, how she bravely stands up for herself against bullying and lovingly details how she handles the accusation of witchcraft against her entire family. This book is based on true events from the ancestry of the author's (Kathleen Kent) family. The only issue I have with the novel is the too lengthy descriptions of such things as the forest, flora, etc. However, even those, add to the history of living in the late 1600s. What is ironic is that the Puritans in the story fled from England to avoid religious persecution only to face the same in the colonies. I recommend this book as a good source of historical fiction based on true events

Feb 14, 2011

Sarah is daughter to Martha Carrier, in 1690's MS, near Salem. They clash and Sarah indicates she is guilty of something in the future. Martha is arrested as a witch and eventually her children are as well.


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Feb 14, 2009

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