The Witchfinder's Sister
THE MOST THRILLING HISTORICAL DEBUT OF 2017
Based on the shocking true story of the infamous witchfinder Matthew Hopkins, this haunting and gripping novel is perfect for fans of The Miniaturist, Sarah Waters and The Essex Serpent.
'The number of women my brother Matthew killed, so far as I can reckon it, is one hundred and six...'
1645. When Alice Hopkins' husban...more
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 will be living with her brother Matthew Hopkins 'The Witchfinder General'. Matthew is a cruel, troubled, sullen individual, with a persona of evil about him.
Alice discovers that not only is Matthew a ma ...more
Alice Hopkins is a pregnant widow who must return to her hometown of Manningtree, Essex, to reside with her brother, Matthew Hopkins. She has not seen him in five years and finds that he has changed. He is no longer the young man who loves scripture. Matthew is now a man with power and influence. He has become a powerful man who is feared as he is a hunter of witches. He has a list of names and carefully takes notes as he interviews those who have been accused of witch craft. ...more
Our narrator is Eliza, Matthew's sister, who has returned to Manningtree, after the death of her husband, a marriag ...more
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 there is one thing I can say for sure: The Witchfinder’s Sister left me confused.
The story follows Alice Hopkins who returns to her childhood town to live with her brother Matthew, after a tragic death ...more
It is the seventeenth century in England, and while Civil War occupies the minds of both soldiers and citizens, one man has the opportunity to follow his own agenda without interference. Termed the Witchfinder, Matthew Hopkins has a list of names and scours the countryside of Essex and Suffolk in s ...more
This book is set from 1645 to 1648 in England, during the civil war. It is a time of fear and settling of old scores. Matthew Hopkins was a real person, and notorious for his activities as the "Witchfinder General."
The narrator is his sister, Alice, invented by the author. At the end of the book his sister says that he killed 106 women. There are historical records of various witch trials, fro ...more
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 reviewer or to the author for that matter, but I wholeheartedly disagree with the assessment and am not inclined to pretend otherwise.
The novel centers on the fictitious Alice Hopkins. For those who aren’t a ...more
The number of women my brother Matthew killed, so far as I can reckon it, is one hundred and six......more
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 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 witches, and of a great book, in which her b
Alice loses her husband in a tragic accident and having no choice returns home to her brother. Matthew is a strange one, and deeply involved in the local community and wider, whispers of witchcraft abound and it seems no woman is safe from Matthew’s obse ...more
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 sister. This isn’t based on a true story since, while these characters were real, so little is known about them. We do know that during the Essex witch trials between the years of 1645 and 1647, that hundre ...more
"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 historical perspective
The Civil War of 1640s England is rolling on, and the hunt for witches is strong in the counties. Women are arrested and persecuted for the the most ludicrous reasons, no proof necessar ...more
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 witchfinder in 1645 Manningtree, Essex, England. He has a notorious reputation for having condemned so many women of witchcraft. In this novel, his sister Alice has been living in London with her husband, Jo ...more
One standard “non-standard for me” genre is historical fiction. While I love history by itself, I enjoy historical fiction for the blending of history and getting to feel like the historical characters are real people. I mean, I kno ...more
The Witchfinder's Sister is a fictional tale based on the real person Matthew Hopkins. Mat ...more
The premise is the only thing I liked. Here is what I didn't like:
-Slow, and stuck at times. Nothing happened for 180 pages, and that is too much. I don't even know why I didn't give ...more
The Witchfinder’s Sister is based on true life witch hunter Matthew Hopkins that grew to fame during the English Civil War around East Anglia, hunting and killing “witches”. This book isn’t non-fiction, it’s fiction based around non-fiction! I love these sorts of books that create their own stories from something that was very much re ...more
Every time I read a historical fiction book, I'm reminded just how fascinating English history is, and that I absolutely bloody love this genre!
Beth Underdown has done a superb job of writing her debut novel based on true events surrounding the fear and intrigue of Witchcraft in seventeenth century England. The story is based on the life of the 1640s Witchfinder Matthew Hopkins, with the main protagonist being his sister, Alice.
The authors writing style created such fee ...more
Hopkins was a real man, but much else of the story was conjecture or fabrication on the part of Underdown because there was so little documentation to go on. Still, it makes for a fascinating s ...more
A fabulously strong debut, focusing on witchcraft in the 17th century.
I really enjoyed this book. It centres on Alice, a recently widowed woman who returns to live with her brother - a relatively taciturn, unpleasant individual who happens to be on a mission to condemn as many woman as possible to death for witchcraft.
Based loosely on real events, it's an engrossing account of life in the 17th century, and the supers ...more
Thanks to Random House Publishing - Ballantine through NetGalley ...more
This is not an unfamiliar story but Underdown approaches it with a welcome lack of sensationalism. She keeps her canvas relatively small and domestic, exploring the ...more
I love history. I love finding out about history. I especially love it when it is about true events and real life people. I have always been fascinated by the witch hunts and I would love to go to Salem to find out more.
This story is set in 1640s in Manningtree England. Which was the original place that witch hunting started before it went to Salem. Alice Hopkins returns to Manningtree after her husband has died with a little child. Obviously back then Alice has no mone ...more
I am a huge fan of historical witchy fiction, and this book was mostly superb. Told by Alice, whose brother Matthew hunts, persecutes, and helps to hang women accused of witchcraft, the story is disturbing and compelling, despite the oft times archaic language. My only criticism is the lack of emotion I felt from Alice. Throughout her tale, she suffers many tragedies and losses, but I just didn't really feel much. While she lived with Matthew and ...more
London 1645, Alice is several months pregnant and suddenly widowed. She returns home to her brother Matthew who is engaging in a witch hunt and has gathered many names which he has written in 'a great book'. Alice unsuccessfully attempts to escape her brother before he can drag her with him on hunts and ultimately forces her to become involved in his dreadful business.
I didn't realize until the end of the book that Matthew Hopkins ...more
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