New Book – The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner


Publishing year: 2008

The main character in this book is Lauren Durough, the only daughter of a wealthy family.

Lauren is studying at university, but despite her wealth, she intends to do her will and prove herself. So she finds herself a job, working for an elderly woman, Abigail Boyle, who wants her to transcribe the journal of her ancestors, Mercy Hayworth. Mercy was one of the women that were killed during the Salem Trials in the seventeenth century. Mercy is instantly intrigued, and we get to read the passages of the diary in which Mercy tells us about her, her father, and her love for a neighbour called John Peter Collier.

Nice start. I’m as intrigued as Lauren is. Like Lauren, I also read Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, and even though it’s been a long time since I read the play, it was an interestin read. I don’t know much about the Salem trials, so I hope to learn more about this episode in American history.


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