Blessed with the power of foresight and healing, the noblewomen of the Moreau Matriarchy have been called witches for generations. From the city of London to the countryside in France, they are as feared as they are revered.
The youngest of the Moreau line is Madeleine, a brilliant scholar who believes in logic and science. Unfortunately for the wealthy heiress, she has inherited her grandmother's clairvoyance: a gift she views as a curse. But, when she foresees her mother’s death at her father’s hands, it is the one vision she cannot ignore.
The Moreau Witches had me hooked right from the start! Its vivid and powerful Prologue plunged me straight into the heart of the drama – I was there with Maria, staring up in anguish at her mother’s body swinging on the makeshift gallows. Maria’s burning desire for revenge sets the whole story in motion, with consequences that reverberate down through the lives of her descendants – aka ‘the Moreau Witches’ – in the following century, and especially the main character, Madeleine's.
Madeleine, like her predecessors, walks a fine grey line between good and evil and, in her case, between a love of science and the pull of witchcraft. She is strong, confident, impulsive and fiercely loyal, but has her father’s temper and a potentially disastrous habit of speaking her mind in the face of injustice. Her strengths and realistic flaws soon won me over and had me caring deeply about what happened to her and those she loves.
The Moreau Witches is a traditional Gothic Horror novel with a fast-paced plot that moves from C18th Haiti to C19th France and England. Its dark tone and melodramatic atmosphere are heightened by the effective use of symbolism, superstition, and sinister visions that foreshadow betrayal and murder. The themes of Loyalty and of Freedom – the plight of slaves and the poor, and the rights of women to education & inheritance – are subtly woven into the narrative and resonate throughout the book. All such historical aspects have been meticulously researched by the author and add a richness and depth to her writing. There are several romance strands running through the story; these formed some of my favourite scenes.
I thoroughly recommend The Moreau Witches. Even though, in my role as its British Editor, I have read the story many times and now know exactly what’s coming next, I still find it a satisfying and exciting read. In my opinion, this story is ideal for anyone 16 years and older.
Absolutely loved the book! Loved the characters, the relationships and the story. I had wished the book didn’t end. I loved the mystery in the story and how the writer made me want to turn each page fast to continue reading. I hope to read much more from her.
I loved the story line and the way it was written. I love anything history and this book is written as a historical fiction. Great character development. Many twists and turns, this book will not disappoint. Very entertaining, hard to put down.