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Wicked Girls: A Novel of The Salem Witch Trials
By Stephanie Hemphill
Published by HarperCollins
Release Date: July 1st, 2010
Wicked Girls is a fictionalized account of the Salem witch trials based on the real historical characters, told from the perspective of three young women living in Salem in 1692—Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam Jr.
When Ann’s father suggests that a spate of illnesses within the village is the result of witchcraft, Ann sees an opportunity and starts manifesting the symptoms of affliction. Ann looks up to Mercy, the beautiful servant in her parents' house. She shows Mercy the power that a young girl is capable of in a time when women were completely powerless. Mercy, who suffered abuse at the hands of past masters, seizes her only chance at safety. And Ann’s cousin Margaret, anxious to win the attention of a boy in her sights, follows suit. As the accusations mount against men and women in the community, the girls start to see the deadly ramifications of their actions. Should they finally tell the truth? Or is it too late to save this small New England town?
I heard about this book about two weeks ago from my local librarian and thought that I was going to hit the ceiling with the excitement bubbling out of me! The Salem Witch Trials have always fascinated me and, in school, I devoured every single thing I could get my little hands on that had to deal with it. My psychology teacher was the first to spark my interest when we had to write a paper on how fear could make people do irrational things. He thought it would be funny to get Missy, the quiet little history buff in the back that always wore black, to delve into her favorite subject as well as something that obviously looked like it would interest the girl in black. Well, he was right! I've been obsessed with it ever since! Now this? I know it's fiction, but man I can't wait for it!!