Read The Witchfinder's Sister Online Free - "This is a novel for our times. . . . The Witchfinder's Sister [lays] bare the visceral horror of what a witch hunt truly is."--The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice)
"Vivid and terrifying."--Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water
"Connects nicely with such dystopian classics as 1984 and The Handmaid's Tale."--Booklist
Essex, England, 1645. With a heavy heart, Alice Hopkins returns to the small town she grew up in. Widowed, with child, and without prospects, she is forced to find refuge at the house of her younger brother, Matthew. In the five years she has been gone, the boy she knew has become a man of influence and wealth--but more has changed than merely his fortunes. Alice fears that even as the cruel burns of a childhood accident still mark his face, something terrible has scarred Matthew's soul.
There is a new darkness in the town, too--frightened whispers are stirring in the streets, and Alice's blood runs cold with dread when she discovers that Matthew is a ruthless hunter of suspected witches. Torn between devotion to her brother and horror at what he's become, Alice is desperate to intervene--and deathly afraid of the consequences. But as Matthew's reign of terror spreads, Alice must choose between her safety and her soul.
Alone and surrounded by suspicious eyes, Alice seeks out the fuel firing her brother's brutal mission--and is drawn into the Hopkins family's past. There she finds secrets nested within secrets: and at their heart, the poisonous truth. Only by putting her own life and liberty in peril can she defeat this darkest of evils--before more innocent women are forced to the gallows.
Inspired by the real-life story of notorious "Witchfinder General" Matthew Hopkins, Beth Underdown's thrilling debut novel blends spellbinding history with harrowing storytelling for a truly haunting reading experience.
Praise for The Witchfinder's Sister
"Entertaining and thought-provoking--with a valuable message for our own times." --The Washington Post
"This satisfyingly suspenseful book should appeal strongly to readers who enjoyed other witchcraft-themed historical fiction; it will also attract those who like such novels as Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist that feature female protagonists resisting restrictive social roles to do a little sleuthing about the men in their lives. Highly recommended." --Library Journal (starred review)
"This debut historical novel is a well-written dramatization of witch hunting in Europe during the seventeenth century. . . . An entertaining yarn for readers who can't get enough of the subject matter." --Publishers Weekly
"Gripping . . . The Witchfinder's Sister gives a long-forgotten historical tragedy a fresh, feminist spin."--Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue
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August 09, 2017
Long before the Salem witch trials, there were the Manningtree witch trials in Essex England, and for many women it was a time of pure terror.
London 1645, and Alice Hopkins finds herself pregnant, and having to return to her home village of Manningtree, Essex, after the death of her husband. She...
May 07, 2017
3.5 Manningtree, the Essex witch trials, in the two years between 1645 and 1647, hundreds of women were investigated and hanged as witches. Matthew Stafford was called the witch finder, a man who for unknown reasons pursued across many counties all rumors and gossip of supposed witches. In this n...
September 27, 2017
"These last months, I have learned that the acknowledged history that belongs to the daylight, that is not the only history. Turn over the stone and you will find another history, wriggling to escape."
It is the seventeenth century in England, and while Civil War occupies the minds of both soldier...
February 26, 2017
Actual rating: 3,5
It has been 15 days since I read The Witchfinder’s Sister, and I still don’t know what to think about it.
That happens rarely to me, almost never.
I have to warn you that my review will probably be all over the place because I am still finding the words to express my thoughts, but...
March 12, 2017
The Witchfinder's Sister is exactly what the title implies:
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 has no choice but to return to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where...
March 21, 2017
The Witchfinder’s Sister is a tense, highly atmospheric historical drama based on fact, a book that it is easy to devour in quick smart fashion, with it’s vivid and emotionally drawn characters and a beautifully described sense of place and time.
Alice loses her husband in a tragic accident and ha...
August 23, 2017
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The New York Times Book Review says Beth Underdown’s The Witchfinder’s Sister is “a novel for our times…” and if that is true, I fear for both our times and the quality of literature it produces. I mean no offense to the revi...
April 17, 2017
A big thank you goes to Beth Underdown, Ballantine Books, and netgalley for this free copy in exchange for an unbiased review.
"Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live"
"Why hast thou forsaken me"
Really a 3.5 one of the better witch hunt novels I've read especially since it's based on different histo...
July 09, 2017
"For they say what happened, but not what it was like. They say what happened, but they do not say why.”
Witch hunting is one of the most embarrassing pieces of human history. ‘The Witchfinder’s Sister’ is a fictional tale where the author conceives a plausible viewpoint of Matthew Stafford’s sis...
April 18, 2017
Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is an historical fiction book based on witch trials in Essex England before the Salem witch trials took place in America. I knew nothing of this history going into this book.
Matthew Hopkins was a true witc...