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The Fifth Petal: A Novel de Brunonia Barry
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The Fifth Petal: A Novel (edició 2017)

de Brunonia Barry (Autor)

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When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Salem's chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem most notorious cold case, a triple homicide dubbed "The Goddess Murders," in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed on Halloween night in 1989. He finds unexpected help in Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims newly returned to town. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian, is guilty of murder or witchcraft.… (més)
Membre:MarlaBurr
Títol:The Fifth Petal: A Novel
Autors:Brunonia Barry (Autor)
Informació:Crown (2017), Edition: First American Edition, 448 pages
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The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry is an intriguing mystery set in modern day Salem. However, the city's dark past features heavily in a story that is rife with references to the Salem witch trials, mordern day witchcraft and psychic phenomena. Although this newest release is the second installment in the The Lace Reader series, it can be read as a standalone.

In 1989, three young women (dubbed the Goddesses) were brutally murdered and although everyone in Salem is convinced Rose Whelan is the killer, the case still remains open. Twenty-five years later, there is renewed interest in the case when a confrontation between Rose and three teens ends with the death of their ringleader, Billy Barnes. Local police chief John Rafferty has doubts about Rose's guilt and due to her fragile mental state, he arranges for her to go to the state mental hospital until she is coherent enough to answer his questions. When Rose's honorary niece, Callie Cahill, who was present at the attack twenty-five years earlier, learns that Rose is alive and in trouble, she returns to Salem to help exonerate her aunt of the crimes she is suspected of committing. Trying to keep her identity under wraps for as long as possible, Callie stays with Rafferty and his wife, Towner Whitney, while she tries to figure out who is responsible for murdering her mom, Olivia Cahill and her friends Cheryl Cassella and Susan Symms twenty-five years ago. At the same time, Rafferty has unofficially reopened the case and begins searching for the fourth Goddess, Leah, who has not been seen since the night the other three women were killed. Is Leah the murderer? Or is there a far more sinister reason behind her disappearance?

Before the Goddess murders, Rose is a well-respected historian and scholar of Salem's rather colorful history. Rose's fascination with uncovering the truth about the exact location the deaths of those persecuted during the Salem witch trials figures prominently in the events of the night the three women were murdered. In the aftermath of the horrible crime, Rose is convinced a banshee killed the women and her long battle with mental illness began. Now homeless and obsessed with oak trees, Rose is feared by the townspeople so it easy for everyone to accuse her of murdering Billy. She is once again committed to the mental hospital while Rafferty begins his investigation into both cases.

After her mother's murder, Callie became a ward of the state and bounced between foster homes and a Catholic orphanage. While she has a successful career as a musical therapist, she is plagued with nightmares from the night her mother and her friends were killed and she really has no close ties with anyone. Shocked to discover the sisters lied to her about Rose, Callie drops everything to rush back to Salem to help her honorary aunt. The secrets from the night the Goddesses died slowly return to her the longer she remains in town. Her involvement with the Whiting family, whose history in Salem in also closely intertwined with Marta Hathorne and her ancestors, helps unlock many of her long forgotten memories of the events of the night of the Goddess murders. Callie tries to ignore her startling attraction to Paul Whiting and when their friendship deepens into love, their romance has very unexpected consequences.

Although a little slow-paced, The Fifth Petal is an engrossing mystery that has supernatural elements including modern day witchcraft and psychic abilities. The investigation into the Goddess murders moves at a snail's pace as Rafferty painstakingly reviews old case files and re-interviews witnesses. Brunonia Barry expertly weaves all of the novel's various threads into a credible tale of suspense, murder and revenge. It is an absolutely fascinating addition to The Lace Reader series that old and new fans are sure to enjoy. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
Got about 85% through before I DNF. I wish I had stopped sooner. Two stars for the actual writing, but everything else was meh. Characters were not believable and you didn't feel like you got to know them. At around 70% you're all of a sudden in a different setting/place without any explanation.

I wanted to like this book, but sadly, nope. ( )
  mdunagan | Dec 3, 2019 |
This book is set in the world of The Lace Reader, and features some of the same characters. Still, I would consider this a standalone novel, and don't feel it is necessary to read the other one first. They do mention people being able to "read" the lace a couple of times, but that is it. It has no effect on this story.

The Fifth Petal is set in Salem, MA, and is a murder mystery. When the town crazy is accused of murdering a young boy (who is a real bully), her involvement in the "Goddess" murders of 25 years ago is reinvestigated. At the same time Callie, the daughter of one of the "Goddess" victims, returns to town. She begins to investigate what really happened that night so long ago, and who is the guilty party?

I enjoyed the murder mystery aspect of the book. I was surprised when the killer was revealed. I thought is was someone else. Or maybe I was just hoping it was someone else. I did have mixed feelings about Callie's fiance. He turned into a big jerk and I wanted her to leave him.

The witchcraft element, although present throughout the book, didn't seem to prominent to me. More like an undercurrent running through. There were a lot of "visions" but really everything could be solved with good police work. The witchcraft added a cool factor to the story.

I think the cover art is beautiful. The colors are vibrant, and my paperback copy has a nice "feel" to it.

I received a free review copy from Blogging for Books and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
Set in Salem, this tale of mystery and intrigue is spun with a healthy dose of mysticism and magical realism. It is the kind of book that you want to read in one sitting because the plot grabs you from the first page. Unfortunately I was not able to do that because of other reading commitments, but once I settled in, I raced through it. Some of the themes that form the backdrop: Celtic mythology, sea lore, Salem witch trials, family feuds, sound therapy. Barry sets a tantalizing scene and deeply explores her characters. I’m ready for more. I have read the author’s first book, The Lace Reader, and really liked it. Somehow I missed her second, but I am going back to that one. This is not a series so much as books that have the same setting and some of the same characters. You could pick up anywhere. ( )
  beebeereads | Mar 31, 2019 |
I normally never read traditionally published authors anymore. I had read the blurb for this and it caught me. I love anything about the Salem witch trials and the ways Brunonia Barry weaves truth and fiction are fantastic. I loved learning about Rose and watching Callie grow up into an amazing young woman who took her pain and made it greater than. It is a lesson we can all stand to learn at times. There is just enough fantasy weaved into reality that I could imagine something like this happening in real life, which made the story that much better for me. Come visit Salem, I hope you love it as much as I did. ( )
  medicwife | Feb 8, 2019 |
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When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Salem's chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem most notorious cold case, a triple homicide dubbed "The Goddess Murders," in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed on Halloween night in 1989. He finds unexpected help in Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims newly returned to town. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian, is guilty of murder or witchcraft.

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