Review: The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry

Cheryl Prazak

3 Stars

November 10, 2017

The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry is a book set in modern day Salem where a whole new witch hunt happens. The main character, Callie is the daughter of one of the witch descendants that took part in the Salem witch trials. When I first started the book I already knew it was going to be slow, however I stayed positive because most books start out slow and get better the further you read. So I kept reading.


The story goes from being a banshee hunt to an investigation on the Five Goddesses, who were descendants of the salem witches and went around town sexually harassing young men.   The main character is Callie Cahill, who was a child while the Goddesses were wreaking havoc and was forced to do traumatizing things for them. So when Callie comes back to Salem (she had been forced to leave when the goddesses were killed) it’s because there is news of a Banshee ( Rose Whelan is accused who is Callie’s “aunt”) The entire book is an investigation to find out who the banshee is and who killed the Goddesses.


The story is very interesting and thorough that I tried so hard to enjoy, however there were so many unnecessary parts in the story that could have been cut out to shorten the book. For example Callie falls in love with a man named Paul, at one point they move to Italy and then come back for the funeral of Paul’s mom. I had no idea where this part fit into the story about a banshee and finding the killer of the Goddesses, causing me to lose the point of the book for awhile.


Overall, I was a little disappointed with how the author had gone about executing this interesting plot into a story. It was very slow and sometimes unnecessary. I did enjoy the plot and how everything came together at the end, but I just wish the author had portrayed it better and had been more to the point about the witches. I would recommend this book to you if you enjoy slow-paced books with interesting plots about witches.