Review: Hidden Salem by Kiki Howell

Hidden Salem by Kiki Howell
Release Date: October 15, 2012
Publisher:  Mitchell-Morris Publishing
Pages: 332
Source:  Author

Intution alone brought Makayla to Salem, MA in search of a story, but her research has her confronting more than she bargained for. With her empathic gifts stronger in Witch City, she physically suffers, landing her literally unconscious in the arms of both Noah Ayers, local cop and Dylan Baines, local history teacher. Yet, it is Lauri, a witch who owns a local shop, who teaches Makayla about who she is and what she can do.

Unfortunately for all of them, Makayla also stumbles upon a coven in the woods practicing a dark magic ritual. Now they are after her, threatening her life and the lives of those she has quickly come to care about. Immersed in things she never expected, like an old legend and necromancy due to residual hauntings, the race is on to stay safe from the coven and protect her heart from a certain sexy cop.

But, is Lauri correct in thinking Makayla might just have encountered the only real witch in Salem from 1692? And, do they share the same bloodline?


Review:  When I first started reading Hidden Salem, I thought it might be similar to all the other Salem books that I had read but I was wrong and really enjoyed this book. The first couple of pages were a little slow for me but, then the pace starting picking up.

Makayla is a woman that really doesn’t know what to do with her life.  She has no connections back in Ohio, except for Denise who she calls Neece. I related to the relationship between them since my aunt’s name is Denise, that’s the nickname I call her, and I always talk to her about everything.  While Makayla is an empath, she doesn’t tell many people because of their reactions. So, when she runs into a woman named Mary who has been dead since the 1700’s,  she passes out and Noah catches her. There’s a connection between them from the very first contact.

Noah is a cop and he takes his job very seriously. He does everything by the book and hardly ever dates. All that changes when he meets Makayla. Especially when she starts getting hurt and kidnapped from a dark coven that she just ran into.

The plot to the story was great and very believable. I loved the suspense which kept me guessing and I just couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. In a way you have a love triangle between Makayla, Noah, and Dylan but then you find out that the feelings that she has for Dylan are just friendship and that she feels safe with him.  When they find out that black magic is involved, they bring in Lauri. She’s a good witch, helps Makayla with her powers, and tries to teach her how to use them.

This book is filled with secrets, lies, love, death, and magic. You are taken on an adventure that would appease any adrenaline junky. Makayla was drawn to Salem for a reason and she needs to find out why before she gets killed.  I would recommend this book to everyone. You won’t be disappointed.