The Witch Finder’s Sister by Beth Underdone

Tuesday, April 25th 2017

The Witch Finder’s Sister Review

As always I want to thank NetGalley and  Ballantine Books for allowing me the chance to read this book before it’s release date of April 25th 2017

 

The Witch Finder’s Sister UK Cover

As always I want to thank NetGalley and  Ballantine Books for allowing me the chance to read this book before it’s release date of April 25th 2017

Many years before witch trials that made Salem,Massachusetts  famous to this day, but long before the with trial there were the Manning tree with trials in the old town of Essex England, where many women meet their untimely death in the face of ultimate horror.

In 1645, Alice Hopkins found herself pregnant as well as a young women, returning back to her home village of Manningtree, Essex. As a single mother in the 16 century she can’t simply live as a single mother, so she’s not only returns to her home village but also comes to live with her brother Matthew Hopkins. Matthew is a cruel, evil, and sullen individual, whose persona can be described in one word, disturbing. That’s when Alice tries her best to reign in her brother Mathew, yet he won’t let his sister stir him off the path to his destiny, the destiny of sending witches to their death. In Matthew’s twisted perspective he believes that the only way yo purify the world is to send witches to trial. Alice loves her brother, yet she can’t seem to understand his motives, she’s uncovering her brother but truly unable to.

I wish I could say Matthew Hopkins was a fictional character that Beth Underdown created but unfortunately the truth is spoken throughout history. The truth is Hopkins truly did exist, he did actually began the witch trial under the banner of cleansing the land from the servants of Satan. Any woman with mental health were reported as being a witch by their neighbors, even women who were seen as a menace to their small villages accused them as a witch in hopes of removing them preeminently. Many innocent herbal women, midwives, and country women were tried for being a witch and then sent to private locations just to be tortured until a confession could be given. More than 100 innocent women were killed under the name of Hopkins crusade for murder and profit.

This novel,  The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown, is a wonderful fictional story that has blossomed from this historical tragedy. It is unsure if Mathew Hopkins actually had a sister or not but I do know that Beth Underdown has created a great historical thriller based on a sad event of English history. A history in which a mad man caused many young women to be falsely accused of witchcraft by their peers  and city officials.

If you’re a fan of historical fiction twisted seamlessly then this is the book for you!
Happy Reading
Lia

About Beth Underdown

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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