Book Review: How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

The book might have been on a completely different level had it incorporated a bit more layer to it. it definitely had a story that was worth investing but i felt half way it lost its charm because of haphazard flow of the book.

How to Hang a Witch Official Synopsis

It’s the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in a debut novel from one of the descendants of Cotton Mather, where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem’s past.

Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

How to Hang a Witch RWAT Take

How to Hang a Witch

Yes the book has a good story line but it felt superficial to me as the author was just brushing the surface of an other wise interesting story. This is not definitely to say that i didn’t like the book but that it lacked a bit of depth. Well of course the ending was disappointment as it felt that the author suddenly couldn’t anticipate the ending so with whatever untied ends she could find, the ending was quickly wrapped.
The narration is not smooth as at some place the narration completely behaves as if out of place and going off script. The language is simple and the pace is quick too and perhaps at some place it does feel a bit rushed as well

All the book is lacking is a bit more layer and seriousness because otherwise the topic and some of the facts used to weave the book is amazing. It certainly did increase my curosity about my Salem Witch hunt and the history behind it.


The fact that it was based upon the author’s true history also increased the appeal for the book more. Wish it had a bit more to it than the superficial story narration

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