By Aaron Galvin
Sarah loved the late night dances beneath the moonlight she shared with her three nearest and dearest friends. But all that changed when Hecate, the supposed daughter of the devil, showed up, secretly slipped a small diary into the pocket of Sarah's apron. It was the diary belonging to one of the men who she would learn orchestrated the evils that took place 19 years early in Salem. Was the same about to befall Winford, or was the only evil at work here revenge?
Salem's Vengeance is intelligently written. Aaron Galvin is super clever in the way this book piggybacks off of Arthur Miller's, The Crucible, a classic written in 1953. I'd almost stretch to call it fan fiction. Regardless of what you’d call it the layering of the two stories is very well done.
The story is told from the POV of Sarah Kelly. She and her two siblings-George and Rebecca-live with their devote, church-going parents. The picture perfect family until the moonlit night Hecate made her ominous arrival into Sarah and her three girlfriends' lives. And for some reason Hecate has singled Sarah out. Is it the devil's work at hand or is something else going on? Of course, you'll have to read yourself in order to find out because I'm not going to ruin the excitement!
Aside from a great story line, Salem's Vengeance is well edited with great imagery. Galvin does a great job writing for the time period-the early 1700's. You never doubt the validity of the descriptions, dialogue, and historical references.
I must warn those who are opposed to reading anything about witchcraft and the paranormal should probably skip this book. Albeit this a YA book, there's quite a bit of violence. However, the majority is historically accurate and could be compared to any American history textbook.
As I'm sure you've guessed by now, I truly enjoyed this book and I feel many of you will as well. And as an aside, I feel that many adults would enjoy this book as well as the YA crowd. I am hoping I'll have the opportunity to review the next book as this is a trilogy.