Mini Review: Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper

newesNewes from the Dead by Mary Hooper

Details: Hardcover, 256 pages
Published: April 29th 2008 by Roaring Brook Press
Source: I bought it.
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 5 stars

Anne can’t move a muscle, can’t open her eyes, can’t scream. She lies immobile in the darkness, unsure if she’d dead, terrified she’s buried alive, haunted by her final memory—of being hanged. A maidservant falsely accused of infanticide in 1650 England and sent to the scaffold, Anne Green is trapped with her racing thoughts, her burning need to revisit the events—and the man—that led her to the gallows.

Meanwhile, a shy 18-year-old medical student attends his first dissection and notices something strange as the doctors prepare their tools . . . Did her eyelids just flutter? Could this corpse be alive?

Beautifully written, impossible to put down, and meticulously researched, Newes from the Dead is based on the true story of the real Anne Green, a servant who survived a hanging to awaken on the dissection table. Newes from the Dead concludes with scans of the original 1651 document that recounts this chilling medical phenomenon.

Review: Newes from the Dead is a book that I’ve wanted to read for a very long time. It was on my wish list for so long that I actually forgot it was based on the true story of Anne Green.

So of course I had to pick it up when I finally came across it at the store. I’m so glad that I finally read it because it’s just an amazing story. It’s not a long book and it’s so interesting that it is easy to read in one sitting.

I love everything about this book. I will be reading this one again someday. Please pick it up and read it.

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