The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent. Little, Brown (2008).
In The Heretic's Daughter, Kathleen Kent succeeds in humanizing a dark time in the history of our nation. We have all heard of the Salem Witch Trials, but never have I read a narrative that so strongly evokes the horrors experienced by those affected. Kathleen Kent is a descendant of the Carrier family whose trials are described in The Heretic's Daughter, which lends even more power to her novel.
Many historical novels written in the style of the time in which they are set fail. The language feels stilted and unnatural and sometimes wavers back and forth between the present and the past. Kent, however, creates a believable dialect of the 1690s that further serves to connect reader and characters. This is a wonderful novel. It made me cry and feel for these characters in a way that few books do. If you are a fan of historical fiction, I highly recommend The Heretic's Daughter.