THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT: Sales for this title have been soaring, hitting #1 on the mass-market list and appearing on bestseller lists for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.
FILM AND TV: The Flight Attendant will land on small screens as a series from HBO Max starring Kaley Cuoco, bringing major attention to this author. The Red Lotus has been optioned as well and is in development.
THE ORIGINAL WITCH HUNT: This book has everything: witches and poison, drinking and adultery, religious fanaticism and courtroom drama. It’s a fascinating and feminist take on Puritan New England and the most fun thing since Daniel Day-Lewis screamed about his sins with Winona Ryder in The Crucible.
“Hour of the Witch is historical fiction at its best… Insightful and empathetic… Thick with details as chowder is with clams… handled with great skill and delicacy. The book is a thriller in structure, and a real page-turner, the ending both unexpected and satisfying.”
—Diana Gabaldon, The Washington Post
“[A] knotty dilemma lies at the heart of what is, at a deeper level, a novel of psychological suspense. Can one know if one is, indeed, damned?…In Bohjalian’s deft portrayal, Mary chafes at her societal and marital confines…[Shows] how timeless some battles —and some heroines — are.”
—Clea Simon, Boston Globe
“A rich and terrifying story…A grab-you-by-the-throat suspense read that both historical fiction fans and thriller lovers will devour.”
”No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and literary legend Chris Bohjalian returns with a story about Mary Deerfield, a suspected witch in 1662 Boston who, while wrestling with her own internal demons and disastrous marriage, raises suspicion that the demons aren’t just in her own mind.“
—Zibby Owens, Good Morning America
”Classic Chris Bohjalian—moments of deep dread, extraordinary plot twists, and characters you love to root for paired with characters you love to hate.“
”[Hour of the Witch] is set well in the past, but its witch-accusation drama feels contemporary enough to drive home how far Americans still have to go in dismantling the patriarchy…Flawed but compelling characters are in the author’s wheelhouse…Moments of suspense make for gratifying white-knuckled reading, as do several whodunit scenarios.”
—Kristen Ravin, Seven Days
“A carefully-plotted journey…In addition to spinning the tale of a strong woman in difficult times, Bohjalian’s meticulous research transports readers back to the early years of America and all the work and hardships of daily life.”
—Amanda St. Amand, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
”Hour of the Witch is Bohjalian at his best… When Bohjalian is really cooking, there’s a kinetic energy to his storytelling that is unlike anything else in the realm of popular fiction. He brings a brightness to the page that illuminates the entire narrative, creating a powerful glow… Hour of the Witch is another exceptional offering from Chris Bohjalian, one that features the hallmarks of his best work while also breaking new ground. Vividly realized thanks to solid research and captivating characterization, it’s a book that will likely prove difficult for you to put down.“
—The Maine Edge
”Bohjalian blends historical fiction with a thrilling courtroom drama…A fascinating and immersive read…What makes this novel remarkable and compulsively readable is Bohjalian’s uncanny ability to capture the Puritan perspective… Hour of the Witch is at once brilliantly idiosyncratic while also recognizable. This genre-defying thriller is sure to become a staple of book clubs and a favorite of historical mystery fans.”
“No matter the subject, Bohjalian often incorporates thorny moral questions that arise from a story’s circumstances, but reach far beyond the boundaries of its time period. Hour of the Witch is smartly wrapped in large ideas, ike how women must subversively navigate a society in which they have little power, and what a justice system looks like when yoked to a fervent set of religious beliefs.”
“Chris Bohjalian’s latest thriller is a nail-biting historical novel about a woman whose quest for a divorce in 1662 Boston might just end with her being branded as a witch. In Hour of the Witch, 24-year-old Mary Deerfield is desperate to escape her violent husband, Thomas. But in the New World, where every woman is under suspicion for being a witch, her desire to escape her marriage may end up sending her to the gallows if she isn’t careful.”
“Themes of women’s agency in a patriarchal society are common in historical novels, but this fast-moving, darkly suspenseful novel stands out with Bohjalian’s extraordinary world-building skills…Will have readers racing toward the ending.”
—Historical Novels Review
”Hour of the Witch is a gripping page-turner, written with beautiful prose and enthrallingly developed characters.”
—Mystery and Suspense Magazine
“Immediately engrossing…[Mary Deerfield] is a woman we can root for…Bohjalian’s smart stylistic choices ensure that the reader is well and truly transported back to 17th-century Puritan New England, and Hour of the Witch is a finely-wrought and emotionally-charged historical drama.”
“Absolutely riveting historical fiction that reads like the most pageturning of thrillers, driven by its compelling heroine Mary Deerfield, a young wife who finds the physical and moral courage to stand up for herself in a time when women could be hung as witches…Hour of the Witch is a woman’s story, a romance, a history lesson, and a legal thriller, all of a piece. I haven’t read a novel like it in recent memory, and I doubt that I will for years to come.”
“A rich and terrifying story… Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian is a grab-you-by-the-throat suspense read that both historical fiction fans and thriller lovers will devour.”
“A probing page-turner about society’s scapegoats and how elusive justice can be.”
”Throughout Bohjalian’s prolific career, he has rewarded readers with indelibly drawn female protagonists, and the formidable yet vulnerable Mary Deerfield is a worthy addition to the canon. Conjuring up specters of #MeToo recriminations and social media shaming, there are twenty-first-century parallels to Bohjalian’s atmospheric Puritan milieu, and his trademark extensive research pays off in this authentic portrait of courage in the face of society’s worst impulses. Bohjalian is a perennial favorite, and this Salem Witch Hunt drama has a special magnetism.”
“Bohjalian’s historical novel is full of twists and turns. Though not a typical suspense novel, the story has many of the page-turning plot lines of a thriller, and is sure to keep readers enthralled. Though it’s set in the 1600s, Mary’s story resonates today, as it addresses the role religious and societal expectations can play in the lives of individuals. A must-read and highly recommended.”
“A twisty thriller set in 17th-century Boston…With its exploration of themes including domestic abuse, toxic masculinity, and mass hysteria, the novel feels like anything but a period piece.”
“Illustrates how rough justice can get when religion and institutional sexism are in the mix.”
“Themes of women’s agency in a patriarchal society are common in historical novels, but this fast-moving, darkly suspenseful novel stands out with Bohjalian’s extraordinary world-building skills…Will have readers racing toward the ending.
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