Title: The Peruke Maker: The Salem Witch Hunt Curse
Author: Ruby Dominguez
Publisher: Outskirts Press
My synopsis: This story starts out in the 17th century during the Salem Witch Hunt. It includes the hysteria, the accusations, the torture that these women went through during this terrible time in our history. Bridget Cane was one of the young women accused of being a witch. Her mother had also been killed for being a witch when she was younger, but the guard had let her go.
She is convicted, tortured and killed and hung at Gallows Hill. Her father is the Peruke Maker and he gathers her remains for burial. She had been a beautiful girl with lustrous long red hair. This hair had been twisted to the point where it "scalped" her. Her scalp was nailed on a tree at Gallows Hill also. A Peruke Maker is a wig maker, so her father takes her hair and makes it into a wig and places a curse on it.
Now we go to the present day where a young red headed woman, Sarah, has just been in a terrible car accident. It destroys her face and hair and her life. She slowly regains the use of her limbs, but will not leave her apartment because of the disfiguring scars and her now wispy red hair. She has a great idea to order a wig. Unbeknownst to her, the wig maker she connects with is the ghost of Bridget Cane's father - she receives the cursed wig.
My thoughts: This book was written as a screen play. Now, the only plays that I have ever read were Shakespeare's (except for the school plays/community plays that I was in). So you have to get into a rhythm of reading this and must be able to fill in a lot of the settings that a normal novel would lay out for you. The author wrote it with the thought that it would become a movie. It did have some descriptive gore that would make for a scary movie. The story was original and it did suck me in. At first I didn't think that I would finish it, just because of the unusual way in which it was written - but then I discovered that I wanted to find out how it would play out. If you like reading plays or have a great imagination you might enjoy this, but I don't think it would be for everybody.
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*This book was provided for review by Dorothy from Pump Up Your Book Tour.*The Peruke Maker
Publisher/Publication Date: Outskirts Press, March 2009