Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?
If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.
I am a huge fan of all stories involving witches or witchcraft. I think it’s pretty cool that the author, Adriana Mather is a descendant of Cotton Mather!
I was invested in Sam, the main character, from page one. She’s exactly my type of heroine. She’s sarcastic, smart and guarded, and her emotions feel very realistic as she deals with being uprooted from New York to Salem, moving into a new home (that may or may not be haunted), starting at a new school (that may or may not be pretty much run by the descendants of the Salem witch trial witches), her relationship with her stepmother, and her father being in a coma. Oh, and let’s not forget meeting two new boys. Both very cute, one alive, one not so much and a curse hundreds of years old that just might be coming back with vengeance.
This book is the perfect combination of so many elements: mystery, romance, humor, and a pinch of supernatural. That’s not an easy balance to pull off, but Adriana Mather does it wonderfully! I was furiously turning pages, waiting to find out every secret. Mather’s handle on suspense is brilliant. She manages to keep you guessing, trickling out little bits of information in ways that feel genuine and authentic. Her attention to detail is incredible!
I highly recommend checking out this book. I really want to see this book be turned into a movie! Get a copy of How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather here!