Title: The Fifth Petal
Author: Brunonia Barry
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Beloved author Brunonia Barry returns to the world of THE LACE READER with this spellbinding new thriller, a complex brew of suspense, seduction and murder.
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 s 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.
But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again?”
It is the second book in the series, but the author suggests new readers to read The Fifth Petal before the others. I like the witches, mystery and detective combination. I was hoping it was more balance.
The first part of the book is very boring, I think it was only there to build up or explain the story. The second and third parts of the book are a little more interesting, but there are still many slow and boring scenes. Callie and Paul’s romance story is weird. There is nothing to cheer for those two to be together. I would only recommend this book to those who love a witch story.
2.5 out of 5 stars
Received a free copy from Blogging for Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.