The Witch House of Persimmon Point
The Witch House at Persimmon Point: a novel by Suzanne Palmieri. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2016. Discussion Questions. 380 pages. ****
This story begins with a note from the author cautioning the reader that she wrote the book to exorcise her demons and it may trigger emotions and "cut right at your soul." The story also includes gardens, magic, ghosts, and secrets.
Family secrets are the heart of the story and they unfold in the most haunting way. Byrd Whalen returns to her family's ancestral home and discovers that her legacy is a dark and violent one. Multi generations of Amore women have left their mark on the "Witch House" and Byrd is determined to unearth their story before a local journalist airs a program exposing whether the house is haunted or if the rumors surrounding it are true. Bryn reads the journals of her Great-Grandmother crazy Anne Amore and discovers unbelievable horrors in Anne's past.
I am a fan of gothic, dark, novels and especially like family stories with strong, resilient women as the main characters. This novel does not disappoint and held my attention from the beginning to the end. Excellent suspense, horror and surprises. I have not read all of Palmieri's other novels, but will do so after this one.
I received a copy for a review.
Suzanne Palmieri is the author of The Witch of Little Italy, The Witch of Belladonna Bay, and The Witch of Bourbon Street. She also writes as Suzanne Hayes and lives in a haunted farmhouse in North Branford, Connecticut, with her family.
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