The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
Author: Katherine Howe
Genre: Magic Realism
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane follows Connie, a graduate student, as she tries to track down one of her ancestor’s physick books. As she goes deeper into her family’s past, she starts to uncover strange facts. On top of this, her academic adviser is acting very odd and someone is burning occult symbols into her door.
Katherine Howe is great at establishing the setting of her story. The descriptions of the hot summer atmosphere of Salem were wonderful. My biggest complaint was that it felt like the story skipped around a lot. We didn’t really get to see very much insight into how the characters handled some situations immediately after they happened. This is probably one of the biggest things that cut down on the intensity of the plot. Big moments would happen and then in the next chapter we’d get characters reflecting on it days or weeks later.
Aside from this, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane was a great slow-burn story. If you are into witch folklore and the history of the Salem Witch trails then I recommend checking this one out.