The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry

Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, investigates a 25-year-old triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed one Halloween night. Aided by Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims who has returned to town, Rafferty begins to uncover a dark chapter in Salem’s past. Callie, who has always been gifted with premonitions, begins to struggle with visions she doesn’t quite understand and an attraction to a man who has unknown connections to her mother’s murder. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian and sometime-aunt to Callie, 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?

3 Stars (3 / 5)

This book has the same characters as the first novel, The Lace Reader, but you don’t have to read that one to enjoy this book too. That is if you can get into it. I struggled to pay attention during this book, and if it hadn’t been one that I had agreed to read for blogging for books, I would have probably put it down. I didn’t realize until after I had requested it that it was book #2 in a series about the Lace Reader that appears in the story.

I am smart enough to know that there is an audience for this book……It just isn’t me.


So the parts about Salem were very interesting. That was pretty much the reason that I wanted to read this book, but the impression that I got from the blurb and the talk surrounding the book leading up to it’s release was that this book was going to take place way more “back then” and I was mistaken.

It really was well written. The author is a splendid writer and is very good at prose.

I know that it’s shallow of me, but even if I didn’t like this book, it’s cover is going to look beautiful on my shelf. It is one of the most gorgeous book covers I’ve seen.


It was pretty boring. I mean I feel like there were stretches that went on and on about things. Seriously a little bit of editing would go a long way with this one.

I thought there was going to be more Salem 1600’s and witchcraft and stuff like that. I know that it’s my fault I was mistaken but it’s still something that I didn’t like about it. It is way more modern day murder mystery with a historic twist.

I read until the end and I still didn’t feel a connection to the characters by the time that I read the last line. Not one single one of them. I didn’t hate them either but I just felt so indifferent about them and I can’t put my finger on why still.

I know that there will be a lot of people that are going to like this book, and that is why I’m still going to give it 3 stars, I’m also just smart enough to know that this isn’t the book for me.

**I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review from Blogging for Books.**

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Sara is a book hobbit that lives in a house of all boys, located in the promised land. Books stack the walls to the ceiling in some places, and she just keeps adding more. She was raised on top of a mountain that is locked in the dead of winter ten months of the year. She wears a size eleven shoe and enjoys her chicken cooked on the BBQ grill. In addition to reading she enjoys pinning crafts on Pinterest that she will never make and watching movies about people with sad lives or documentaries about serial killers.

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