New release/Debut: The Witch Finder’s Sister by Beth Underdown 4*

This review is shorter than I would like, I read & reviewed the novel many months ago before I started my blog in January. However it is a very worthy read!


The Witch Finder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

The blurb:

‘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?

Based on the true story of the man known as the Witchfinder General, this exquisitely rendered novel transports you to a time and place almost unimaginable, where survival might mean betraying those closest to you, and danger lurks outside every door.

My review:

A historical novel of witchcraft, mystery & suspicion!
I grew up in Lancashire where you could see Pendle hill from my Granma’s house. As children she would fill our heads with tales of the Pendle witches. This novel reminded me very much of those stories,
The novel is fundamentally a story of suspicion, when the fear of being named as a witch would ultimately be a death sentence. The novel is written very well & the characters have huge appeal to the readers, even the not so nice ones. 4*

Congratulations to the author on it’s release today!

*I received an Ebook copy via netgalley in return for an honest review.