Review of Witch Hunt
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. ~John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902)
Leave your preconceived notions of witches at Samantha Steven’s doorstep and run away. Quickly. You won’t find any nose-wiggling, superfluous witches within the pages of Devin O’Branagan’s Witch Hunt. What you will find is a beautifully woven tale of a family unable to avoid the pitfalls of power, and a glimpse at what happens when people of influence misuse their position.
Interspersed with tales giving us the history of the Hawthorne family, the main story of a modern day witch hunt is eerie in its realism. There’s no escaping the cold knowledge that such a thing could actually happen in our own time, making the Salem Witch Hunts look like a schoolyard brawl by comparison. As though caught in a spell of the Hawthorne’s making, you’ll be hard pressed to put the book down until the final page. The characters, flawed as they may be, are captivating in their three-dimensionality, and Ms. O’Branagan does a superb job of weaving the family’s history into their current fall, as well as clearing up many misconceptions surrounding the word ‘witch’.
Witch Hunt will keep you on the edge of your seat, dreading to turn the page. But turn you must. Right up to the surprise ending that left me with one word. “Wow.”
This entry was posted on May 14, 2012 by K. L. Schwengel. It was filed under Book Reviews, Writing and was tagged with authors, characters, Devin O'Branagan, fiction, Reviews, Witch Hunt, witches, writing.