#BookReview - The Witchfinder's Sister by Beth Underdown

Title: The Witchfinder's Sister
By: Beth Underdown
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: April 25th, 2017
Publisher: Ballantine Books 

Summary from Goodreads: 'VIVID AND TERRIFYING' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

The number of women my brother Matthew killed, so far as I can reckon it, is one hundred and six... 

1645. When Alice Hopkins' husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives.

But home is no longer a place of safety. Matthew has changed, and there are rumours spreading through the town: whispers of witchcraft, and of a great book, in which he is gathering women's names.

To what lengths will Matthew's obsession drive him?
And what choice will Alice make, when she finds herself at the very heart of his plan?

'A richly told and utterly compelling tale, with shades of Hilary Mantel' Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat

'Anyone who liked Cecilia Ekback's Wolf Winter is going to love this' Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

'Beth Underdown grips us from the outset and won't let go...at once a feminist parable and an old-fashioned, check-twice-under-the-bed thriller' Patrick Gale, author of Notes from an Exhibition

'A tense, surprising and elegantly-crafted novel' Ian McGuire, author of The North Water

'Beth Underdown cleverly creates a compelling atmosphere of dread and claustrophobia... Even from the distance of nearly four hundred years, her Matthew Hopkins is a genuinely frightening monster' Kate Riordan

Review: Terrifyingly brilliant. Beth Underdown has transformed a world of witchcraft and terror, into a haunting story based in reality. The poor characters in The Witchfinder's Sister have no chance to escape their accusers. I think that's what makes this book so special. You root for them to be set free.

Through all the trials and tribulations, you get a sense of what life was like in the late 1600's when the threat of witches swept across England. Don't forget the ending. It will knock your socks off. I haven't read something that profound in a long time. 

Four stars for The Witchfinder's Sister!


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