Monday, May 3, 2010

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
Katerine Howe

Connie Goodwin has just completed her orals and as her PhD in sight. If only she didn't have to spend the summer cleaning out her grandmothers old house. The house, covered with vines and mostly hidden, contained many secrets. The first which is discovered is the name Deliverance Dane and a key inside of an old bible. Connie. Connie's research leads her to the Salem Witch Trials and to meet Sam, a church restoration specialist with a tough side. Connie's quest to find out more about Deliverance turns into an obsession with the book she left behind, but she isn't the only one who wants it. Told from alternating perspectives of Connie and Deliverance (and sometimes her children), Howe offers a new perspective on the Salem Witch Trials.

I was intrigued by the story being told here. It seemed fresh and interesting. The further in I got the writing style and all of the unnecessarily long interludes sections where Deliverance and her children live made it difficult to stay interested. Connie's story is more interesting, she has several important historic discoveries and is an all around likable character. The introduction of real magic is a bit much, given the academic background the story originally had. Other than that, the villain was the most transparent character I have read in ages, but the rest of the supporting, modern, cast is delightful.

I really wanted to like this book, and was willing to overlook some of the weirder aspects of it. However it didn't live up to my expectations, and was really a bit of a disappointment.

My rating


Becki said...

I hate my slow internet. It is causing me to lose comments now :(

I think that you're right in that a book that starts out as academic and then introduces elements of paranormal and/or fantasy kind of loses it's touch. If it wasn't for your mention of that, I probably would have been interested in this book. There are some who probably will be though!

Great cover art, in either case!

Letter4no1 said...

It probably wouldn't have been as annoying if I had been expecting it. It just seemed like it came out of the blue, but oh well.

The cover are really is spectacular.

Cat said...

Isn't it interesting how two people can read the same book,can come, almost, to the same conclusion, but from from different perspectives.
I read this last year, I didn't like Connie much, far preferred the historical parts to the contemporary and rather liked the witchy touches.
My review is here if you're interested.

I've also just reviewed The Heretic's Daughter which I think I preferred.

Book Quoter said...

I also thought I was going to like this book more than I did.

Lydia said...

Thank you! I felt the exact same way!

Jennifer (Crazy-for-Books) said...

I have this book in my TBR pile, but I'm not sure I want to spend my time on it now! I'm not really into the paranormal/witchy type stuff. Maybe someday I will get to it! Thanks for the honest review!!