‘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.
A very well written book, on a fascinating subject. and I am familiar with the area and have also read about Mathew Hopkins in other books.
But Beth writes from a completely different perspective to other books on the subject. And it works well, and she conjures up the feel of the times .
If you visit the area where all the events took place, and if you have a good imagination,it would be quite easy to see the events in your own mind.. It was a troubled, turbulent time that I enjoyed reading about.
The tour continues with some great stops, so check them out as well.