The Death Doll is a historical fiction novel set in 1692 in the colony of Durham in New Hampshire. This is the beginning of the Salem Witch Trials, and life in a Puritan village is difficult. Kate's character is very interesting to follow as she was quite independent in Jamaica, but clueless as to how the world works. When Kate arrived in New Hampshire, the pacing of the book picked up. The Puritan world seemed to be depicted quite accurately in terms of dress, home life and religious customs as well as how one accusation could place multiple lives in danger. I was surprised at how different Kate's experience was from the women accused during the Salem Witch Trails and the reasons why the hysteria didn't reach someplace so close. After everything that Kate and her family went through, there was a very surprising ending and I wonder if this outcome actually happened to anyone in the past.
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