Review: Author keeps tension high in `Trace of Evil’

“Trace of Evil” by Alice Blanchard (Minotaur) Witchcraft—both historical and current—becomes a gripping metaphor for how violence can continue to…

“Trace of Evil” by Alice Blanchard (Minotaur)

Witchcraft—both historical and current—becomes a gripping metaphor for how violence can continue to permeate a community for decades in this intricately plotted launch of a new series. In her sixth novel, Alice Blanchard masterfully weaves in history and contemporary issues as she explores how the tragedy of a community and a family are intertwined.

The rural community of Burning Lake in upstate New York thrives on its tourist trade, as visitors come to see where centuries ago several young women accused of being witches were publicly executed. Many of the town’s residents are uneasy that acts of violence have provided a steady income.

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