If you've seen my last Youtube video, you know that I have already done a review over "Lies", however, I wrote out my thoughts in a little more detail on amazon, and decided to share that review here as well.
I received a copy of "Lies" from the author in exchange for a review.
is the first book (as far as I can remember) that I've read that takes
place during the Salem witch trials, and it is most definitely the first
book I've encountered that handles the subject from a strictly
It follows Ann, a young girl who pretends to be tormented by witches in order to, hopefully, save her friends and her town.
a short book, more of a novella or short story, but it's definitely
worth reading. The author did a very good job of sounding like a young
girl. The voice of the narrator was completely believable and didn't
sound in any way forced the way some perspectives tend to be when they
differ from the author's life.
I liked that the book didn't focus on
the magic and witch lore as much as it did on the psychological state of
the characters. It got into the head of Ann to give one possible
explanation as to why she acts the way she does in the book. Now, it
being historical fiction, there are facts mixed in with some elements
the author added in himself, which he goes into in his notes. I think
the story manages to make its point in being an insightful and thought
The two biggest "problems" for lack of a better word I had were:
story's length- I would have loved for it to have been a little longer
so the collective mental breakdown of the town and the conditions the
afflicted girls were living in could have been more detailed.
cases of words or phrases being used too closely together in the same
paragraph. This is a relatively minor issue and it's not a problem
through most of the book.
In the end, I think if you're
interested in the Salem with trials and its part in American history, or
even just to read a different sort of story about that time, this is a