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Witch Hunt Kindle Edition
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Though, saying all that, I actually enjoyed the majority of the story and the whole concept behind it. It was a good tip of the hat in remembrance to a nasty time in our civilisation’s past, but nicely entwined with a bit of fiction and the supernatural too. I did find the ending a bit odd and rushed though as I knew the book was the retelling of a tale – it hints at this throughout the book - but who it was addressed to in the end and how that character was referred to in third person during the book… that didn’t work that well for me. Actually the whole ‘retelling it at a later date’ bit didn’t work too well as it came across as so accurate and ‘here and now’ except when we, the reader, were reminded of ‘if I’d only know then what I did now…’ sort of lines. But I might be being a little nit-picky on this. It WAS a good read.
Would I recommend this book to others? Yeah, probably. Though I would voice my concerns about the slowness and predictability, but without giving away any spoilers.
Would I read other books from this author? Yes, she’s got me curious enough to see if I can find more of her work to see what it’s like. But that’s mainly due to the subject and the fascination to bring back to life the horrible things done to people in the name of witchcraft. No, this is not a morbid, gross or gruesome tale that uses past acts to sell books. It is a really good tale that, as I say, tips its hat in remembrance while also adding some artistic license to make it into a good story of fiction.
During her research Sadie experiences strange events and happenings that she cannot explain. The more involved she gets into her research and the more closer to the truth, it seems to be bringing her closer to a connection between herself and those brutally killed centuries ago. Sadie much search for the truth to find peace not only for the lost souls to witchcraft but for her own piece of mind.
This is a really interesting and a great storyline. Looking at the cover of the book you may be mistaken in thinking this could be a really dark horror story, and a really scary read about witches and ghosts, when in actual fact it is far gentler than that, it is more of a chilling, mystery, suspense, paranormal story. The clues are there in the story and the reader is almost teased in a way of what is to come in the story, that makes you unable to put the book down and it is a real page turner. The historical facts are well researched and accurate and the way the story is written you do really empathise with those that perished and who were so cruelly treated, and the prejudice against them, for the silliest of things when they were accused of witchcraft. The story builds up to a dramatic conclusion as is one to add to your to read pile.
The story centres around a journalist called Sadie, who is commissioned to write a book about the Witchfinderr General, Matthew Hopkins. Thus a mystery ensues and I was engaged from the beginning until the end. The story unfolds as a satisfying pace, and there are some great revelations and you are left feeling satisfied with the mystery.
Something I did enjoy, if that is the correct term, was the detail that went into the descriptions of what happened to the women and men who had been condemned as witches. This was really brutal, and I'm glad it was, as it gives a realistic feel of how horrific the treatment of these people was. Also, I like the idea of Hopkins being akin to a serial killer, as that is in effect, what he was. A great mix of fact and fiction with a cracking ghost story to boot.