The Fifth Petal is the second book in The Lace Reader Book Series and can be read as a standalone novel. This story takes place in Salem with a dark mysterious history. In 1989, three young women were murdered and the crime is still not solved. It remains open after all these years but rumors and stories are still floating around town about what really happened to those three young women. The victims were thought to be witches. The descendants of women who were hanged for being witches in 1692. Twenty-five years later Callie returns to town wanting to know what happened to her mother that night all those years ago. Now with the help of the police chief she is trying to figure out what happened and why. Together they uncover all kinds of secrets some of which are missing pieces to the puzzle. While others are haunting secrets that involve the supernatural. Are the witches real? Is Callie a witch and doesn’t know it? This book is full of supernatural, mystery, action, suspense, family, and love. Barry has done a lot of research on this novel and it shows in her writing. The characters are intriguing with backstories that are well developed and help to add depth to the story. The setting of modern day Salem helps to add to the mystery of the overall story. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good supernatural suspenseful mystery novel.