I thoroughly enjoyed The Fifth Petal, even though I had not read the previous novel in the series. Taking place in present-day Salem, this novel follows a murder case involving five supposed witches and a young girl named Callie, who has now grown up and returned to her hometown to find her beloved “aunt”, Rose, who was a witness to the murders. The kink in her plan? A teenage boy has just died, and Rose was again at the scene of the crime. Callie and a local cop named Rafferty must work to prove Rose’s innocence and find the true killer.
This is the perfect novel to read for Halloween, and delivers suspense and chills in spades. The writing is evocative and stunning, and I loved the characters that populated Salem. The mystery was twisty and compelling, and I loved that Barry also folded music therapy into the story. As mentioned before, I hadn’t read the first novel, but this book stands on its own and still captivates. My only complaint with this novel is the fact that there are some segments that felt like filler, used just to prolong the story a little bit. Otherwise, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed The Fifth Petal, and definitely want to read Brunonia Barry’s other Salem novels.
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.