Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #42 - The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. 

This week the book I am waiting on is The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan. I enjoy reading books where there is magic in the family, particularly among the female descendants. And I love a good New England setting. Combining both makes me think witches, but time will tell. This is a debut novel which makes it interesting; and it sounds promising. Goodreads says: "For fans of "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane "and "A Discovery of Witches" comes a brilliantly imagined debut novel brimming with rich history, suspense, and magic." 

Hardcover368 pages
Expected publication: September 23rd 2014
 by Ballantine Books 
From the publisher:
"Revelation “Reve” Dyer grew up with her grandmother’s family stories, stretching back centuries to Reve’s ancestors, who founded the town of Hawley Five Corners, Massachusetts. Their history is steeped in secrets, for few outsiders know that an ancient magic runs in the Dyer women’s blood, and that Reve is a magician whose powers are all too real.

Reve and her husband are world-famous Las Vegas illusionists. They have three lovely young daughters, a beautiful home, and what seems like a charmed life. But Reve’s world is shattered when an intruder alters her trick pistol and she accidentally shoots and kills her beloved husband onstage.

Fearing for her daughters’ lives, Reve flees with them to the place she has always felt safest—an antiquated farmhouse in the forest of Hawley Five Corners, where the magic of her ancestors reigns, and her oldest friend—and first love—is the town’s chief of police. Here, in the forest, with its undeniable air of enchantment, Reve hopes she and her girls will be protected.

Delving into the past for answers, Reve is drawn deeper into her family’s legends. What she discovers is The Hawley Book of the Dead, an ancient leather-bound journal holding mysterious mythic power. As she pieces together the truth behind the book, Reve will have to shield herself and her daughters against an uncertain, increasingly dangerous fate. For soon it becomes clear that the stranger who upended Reve’s life in Las Vegas has followed her to Hawley—and that she has something he desperately wants.

Brimming with rich history, suspense, and magic, The Hawley Book of the Dead is a brilliantly imagined debut novel from a riveting new voice."

What book are you waiting on this week?


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    1. Your pick sounds good too. Hadn't heard of the world it's based on with the Spooks. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Never heard of this one before. It does sound interesting though. I like the synopsis for it.

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    1. Your WoW sounds like a good scifi dystopian type tale. Hope you enjoy it, And thanks for coming by!

  3. Haven't seen this one before, but definitely piques my interest. Thanks for sharing :D

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  4. No really my type of book but it does sound interesting, thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Your WoW doesn't really sound like my kind of book either. Bur thank you for sharing too. It is an interesting premise removing the humanity from humans. Thanks for coming by!