Haunting the Deep
by Mather, Adriana

A sassy follow-up to How to Hang a Witch follows the experiences of a Salem Witch descendant who experiences disturbing nightmares and visions about the Titanic before finding herself at risk of sharing the fate of the tragedy's victims. Simultaneous eBook.

Adriana Mather is a full-time writer, producer, and actor. She owns a production company called Zombot Pictures, which has produced three films, including the award-winning Honeyglue. She lives in Los Angeles, California. How to Hang a Witch is her first novel. Look for her on Twitter at @AdrianaMather and on Facebook at @AdrianaMatherauthor.

As a descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men behind the Salem witch trials, Samantha didn't get the warmest welcome when she moved to Salem. Still, though, she made it work: she broke a deadly curse, rescued her sick father, and even befriended the local witches. Sam thinks magic is behind her, until she starts having eerie dreams and seeing ghosts: passengers from the Titanic are haunting her. As Sam begins to have flashes of herself aboard the doomed ship, it becomes clear that there are other forces at work, and a Titanic-themed school dance suggests that someone at school might be behind it. Readers who were intrigued by How to Hang a Witch (2016) will be eager for this unexpected sequel, which continues in much the same vein, blending a historical tragedy with an atmospheric mystery. The return of Elijah, the ghost Sam found herself developing feelings for, is one plot point too many, but the Titanic is always a high-interest setting, and readers will be swept away. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Cotton Mather's umpty-great-granddaughters are back, this time with a Titanic mystery.Following the events of How to Hang a Witch (2016), narrator Sam Mather is settling into life in Salem, Massachusetts. Her dad has recovered from his coma, her best friend, the town baker's son, lives next door, and she's found a community with the Descendants—young black-clad women descended from innocents accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials who, rather illogically, practice actual witchcraft. A school project on the Titanic triggers a new round of paranormal distress, and Sam finds herself pulled back in time to the doomed ship via her connection to a distant relative who was a survivor. BFF Jaxon suddenly starts acting distant, as if he's bespelled, and her dad, concerned about the influence of witchcraft on Sam, suddenly threatens to move away from Salem. Elijah, the hot Puritan ghost Sam fell for in the previous book, has found a paranormal loophole and is now able to visit Sam again. And then there's Matt, the new British student at school, whose cockney accent is reproduced with many distracting apostrophes. Author Mather's ingredients make little sense, contrived in order to get Sam and readers onto the Titanic, but those who decide to hang their disbelief high will find that the scenes on the storied liner are effective in spite of the clumsy plotting. The primary cast is a white one. A jumble. (Paranormal suspense. 12-16) Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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