From the New York Times bestselling author of
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane comes a chilling
mysteryPrep meets The Crucible.
It's senior year at St. Joan's Academy, and school is a pressure
cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian,
deciphering boys' texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her
friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can't.
First it's the school's queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly
falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery
illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more
students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing
fits. St. Joan's buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown
Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone
scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution?
Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleenwho's been reading
The Crucible for extra creditcomes to realize what nobody
else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of
girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries
ago . . .
Inspired by true eventsfrom seventeenth-century colonial life to
the halls of a modern-day high schoolConversion casts a
spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times
bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and
suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question,
what's really happening to the girls at St. Joan's?