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?
Beth Underdown was born in Rochdale in 1987. She studied at the University of York and then the University of Manchester, where she is now a Lecturer in Creative Writing.
The Witchfinder’s Sister is her first novel, and is out with Viking in the UK and Ballantine in the US in Spring 2017. The book is based on the life of the 1640s witch finder Matthew Hopkins, whom she first came across while reading a book about seventeenth-century midwifery. As you do.
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A book that is so vivid it will make you feel like you're there.
It's 1645 London. Alice Hopkins is pregnant and her husband has recently died so, she moves in with her brother Matthew.
Alice soon finds out why people are terrified of Matthew. Why, when they hear his name it sends terror throughout them. She finds out that her brother is a witch hunter, She tries to do what she can and tries to stop him and reign him but, Matthew is merciless and won't stop until he's killed all the witches.
Can she save Matthew and any other future women he might kill? Or will trying to stop him only bring up memories and secrets from their past as children?
A fast-paced, brilliant book from a debut author and this has to be one of my favourite books I have read this year so far. It was fantastic and I just want to re-read it all over again. I love Beth's style of writing as it grips you from the very first page and won't let you go until you've finished it. I like that even though this story is based on fact about Matthew Hopkins I love the story Beth has intertwined with it as it really brought it all to life.
A must read for all!
(Full review to come here)