Book of the Week #50

Salem VI: Rebecca's Rising by Jack Heath and John Thompson (Charleston, SC: Pressque Publishing, 2012)

Jack Heath, whom you may know from the radio show NH Today, has just published his first novel which was a collaboration with South Carolina author John Thompson. The novel draws on the historical record of the Salem witch trials, which Heath's family was involved in. It is the first book in what is expected to be a trilogy. There has been a good bit of local press on this book, which was published in September, including a piece on NewHampshire.com.
Having stepped off the fast track of primetime network television news, John Andrews has chosen a quieter life as editor of Salem News, a small paper in a quiet New England town.
Life is perfect until Andrews’ wife is killed in a tragic accident. After several years of trying to numb the pain with alcohol, Andrews is visited by the spirit of a long dead ancestor who opens a door to a shocking family history.
After he experiences a surreal glimpse into the past, Andrews must confront the question of whether he is losing his mind or whether for several hundred years his ancestors have been engaged in a secret battle with a coven that worships Satan. Fueled by the need to understand whether his wife’s death was really an accident or something far more sinister, Andrews, along with his beautiful assistant editor, risk everything to discover a truth so horrifying it threatens to destroy everything and everyone he knows and loves. --publisher's blurb

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