How To Hang A Witch |Adriana Mather

“When change cometh, she will bring peace at her back. She will not bend to your will; you must bend to hers.”

Synopsis: Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?
If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.


  • Book: How To Hang A Witch
  • Series:  How To Hang A Witch Book 1
  • Author: Adriana Mather


As a Boston native myself, I felt compelled to get this book. Especially since it was written by a descendant from the actual witch trials. I always find myself wondering about how families of previously famous people deal with all the attention and aftermath. However, that being said, it didn’t change the fact that I left it waiting for over a year before I decided to finally read it. Honestly, I’ve read soo many books about witches that I was over the whole thing. Until now.

How To Hang A Witch gave me some Meg Cabot vibes. Being a huuge fan of her books growing up, I really loved this connection! I’m talking about Elijah ofcourse. Who wouldn’t ship the two together! Don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything for you. This is going to be a short, sweet and spoiler free review.

What I loved the most about this book was the constant surprises that were thrown at me. Every time you think something is going to happen, you are proven wrong. I just love it when books do that! The whole time I was reading, I kept suspecting different people and expecting them to betray me. I was on edge every time Samantha opened up to someone and exposed her secrets.

I also love how, almost until the very end, Samantha still sees everything that is happening around her to be unbelievable. Unlike with most books in the supernatural and paranormal department, she doesn’t immediately accept the weirdness. She stays wary over the absurdity of all the witch stuff until the last few chapters. This made it very believable and in a way, more normal and realistic.

It was also interesting to see that people in this century are still very much affected by what happened in those trials. I’m not sure if what she wrote is 100% accurate, but I kind of hope it is!

Anyway, I wasn’t planning to but after finishing this book. I decided to definitely get the sequel. What can I say, she left me hanging.


Final Rating:

“..Abigail’s singing while I painted. How we laughed so when no one was watching. And how finding a black-eyed Susan tucked into my business contracts reminded me of why I was doing that business in the first place. To really care for another is a reason to live.”


What did you think of this book, have you read anything similar to it? Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^

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