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Dan dies at a high school party and the town of Sanctuary is devastated. He was the star quarterback and loved by everyone. Then his best friend comes forward claiming Dan was killed by his ex-girlfriend using witchcraft, and everyone knows Harper is the daughter of a witch. Death by witchcraft is the only one that allows the death penalty in Connecticut. Sarah knows her daughter doesn’t have the gift, but how can she prove it? The whole town is starting to take sides and lines are being drawn. The nation joins in and it doesn’t take long for paranoia and hate crimes to abound. Sarah has to decide how far she’ll go to protect her daughter, even if it costs her everything else she loves.

This book is described as a mix between Big Little Lies and Practical Magic and I cannot think of a more accurate description. The writing style is so similar to Big Little Lies, with the story told from multiple viewpoints and including notes from interviews and newspaper clippings. I don’t think the ending was as surprising as it was meant to be, but it did not detract at all from the suspense. I could not put this book down, which is saying something because it’s over four hundred pages long. I loved the alternate reality that the author created with witchcraft being accepted but still feared. If you enjoyed Big Little Lies, you should definitely read this book. I hope the author continues to write more.

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Author V.V. James
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 452 pages
Publish Date 9/8/2020
ISBN 9781492699057
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Issue September 2020
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller


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