Monday, April 25, 2016

Book Review: The Hanging of Cousin Charlotte by Talia Haven

by M. J. Joachim

Campfires and ghost stories came to mind as I read The Hanging of Cousin Charlotte by Talia Haven. So did the Salem Witch Trials, by the way, though they seemingly had little if anything to do with the story, a story definitely designed to send shivers up pre-teen and young teenage spines.

Despite the fact that this story was written with so much tantalizing detail, it also left an abundance of things unsaid, allowing for the imagination of anyone reading it, to pretty much run wild. Mine did, as I pictured Charlotte on trial in Salem, Massachusetts back in 1692.

Tension begins to build in the first paragraph of the story, as Miss Clare prepares to give her rendition of the facts regarding her cousin, Charlotte and how it came to be that she was hanged. Family drama becomes front and center, providing for secrets, suspicions and arguments, decidedly played out with trickery throughout the story.

Readers need to heighten their senses for this little story; they need to tune into that which is hidden between the lines, engaging in the mystery as it unfolds. And if they are so inclined, they need to memorize and save this one for the campfire, opting to tell it over and over again in the wee hours of the night.

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Happy reading and writing everyone!

M. J.

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