The witchfinder's sister: a novel

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First U.S. edition.
"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 echoes of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale 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 "Highly recommended." --Library Journal (starred review)
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display_description "A debut literary historical thriller based on the witch hunts in 1640's England--the most intense in English history--in which Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, convicted more than a hundred women of witchcraft. In 1645, Alice Hopkins returns to her brother's house in disgrace, husbandless and pregnant. The brother she remembers is now a grown man and he's hunting witches: women who live on the margins of society--often childless widows, or women with deformities or feeble minds who are rejected by their communities. Viewed through the eyes of Alice, this is a woman's story of fear, friendship, love, betrayal, and redemption. What--or who--is Matthew really hunting? And to what dark place will his obsession lead them all?"--
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subject_facet Biographical fiction, Brothers and sisters -- Fiction, Family secrets -- Fiction, Great Britain -- History -- Charles I, 1625-1649 -- Fiction, Historical fiction, Hopkins, Matthew, -- -1647 -- Fiction, Thrillers (Fiction), Witch hunting -- England -- History -- 17th century -- Fiction, Women -- England -- History -- 17th century -- Fiction
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topic_facet Brothers and sisters, Family secrets, History, Hopkins, Matthew, Witch hunting, Women