A crime lost to time. A secret buried deep. One book unlocks an unimaginable truth.
Salem, Massachusetts, 1681. Fear and suspicion lead a small town to unspeakable acts. Marblehead, Massachusetts, 1991. A young woman is about to discover that she is tied to Salem in ways she never imagined. "A sensational debut novel . . . carries on every page Howe''s unique passion, wit, intelligence, and spirit."
--Matthew Pearl, bestselling author ofThe Dante Club
andThe Poe Shadow
"A terrific debut novel . . . a captivating thriller of the hidden powers of women throughout the centuries."
"Literary alchemy . . . powerful enough to deliver a charming summer read."
--Christian Science Monitor
"Howe pairs a scholarly search for a missing book with the thrill of spine-tingling witchery."
--Dallas Morning News
"If you need some magic in your life . . . lose yourself inThe Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
"A devilishly delightful read."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Compulsively readable . . . The novel is a page-turner, but the characters, not the plot, dominate." --Denver Post
"A witch story that will leave you spellbound . . . Once in a while, a new writer offers up a hypnotic tale of the supernatural that has the publishing world quivering with excitement. In 2005 it was Elizabeth Kostova''s The Historian; in 2006 it was Diane Setterfield''s The Thirteenth Tale. This summer, The Physick Book is magic."
"I thought I had found another Alice Hoffman as I began Katherine Howe''s debut novel . . . It has definite Hoffman vibes, but with a little Da Vinci Code, Stephen King, and academic discourse thrown in to create a charming and different mix . . . Howe is masterful."
"This isn''t the same old hang-the-sorceror tale. It has a bedeviling twist."
--New York Daily News