Historical Fiction: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe

4.0 out of 5 stars the grimoire

There has never been a genuine grimoire, aka book of shadows or spell book, found in the US. When Harvard doctoral student Connie Goodwin moves Marblehead, MA to rehabilitate her grandmother’s historic home, there are many signs and portents that suggest that Connie may be hot on the trail of the first American grimoire. Her major advisor, Manning Chilton, shows a particularly intense interest in her search, and when Connie’s new guy, Sam, has a surprising accident and falls prey to uncontrollable seizures, she is forced to take actions that she would otherwise consider insane. In the course of the crisis, Connie discovers who she is.

Katherine Howe had turned out a compelling modern/historical mystery that is, for the most part, well grounded in fact. Deliverance Dane is a genuine thriller, one that requires an open mind, but is ultimately satisfying.


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