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The Witchfinder's Sister: A Novel by [Underdown, Beth]
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“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)

“Entertaining and thought-provoking—with a valuable message for our own times.”—The Washington Post

“This satisfyingly suspenseful book should appeal strongly to readers who enjoyed other witchcraft-themed historical fiction; it will also attract those who like such novels as Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist that feature female protagonists resisting restrictive social roles to do a little sleuthing about the men in their lives. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Underdown’s well-researched, believable chronicle of persecution brings its era alive and will have readers rapt. . . . The Crucible is the obvious read-alike for this book. It also connects nicely with such dystopian classics as 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale.”Booklist

“This debut historical novel is a well-written dramatization of witch hunting in Europe during the seventeenth century. . . . An entertaining yarn for readers who can’t get enough of the subject matter.”—Publishers Weekly

“Vivid and terrifying.”—Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

“Beth Underdown conjures a mesmerizing tale. The Witchfinder’s Sister will draw you into the terrifying world of England’s witch hunts. Read it late into the night, but don’t expect to sleep afterward!”—Paula Brackston, New York Times bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter

“Gripping . . . The Witchfinder’s Sister gives a long-forgotten historical tragedy a fresh, feminist spin. Beth Underdown, by providing us with this intelligent, sympathetic protagonist, allows us to see inside the hearts of both monster and victims while never letting us forget that throughout history women’s stories have too often been told by men.”—Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue

“A tense, surprising, and elegantly crafted novel.”—Ian McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of The North Water

“Bone-chilling and meticulously researched, The Witchfinder’s Sister brings home the true terror of a witch hunt.”—Mary Sharratt, award-winning author of Daughters of the Witching Hill

“A richly told and utterly compelling tale, with shades of Hilary Mantel.”—Kate Hamer, author ofThe Girl in the Red Coat

“Anyone who liked Cecilia Ekbäck’s Wolf Winter is going to love this.”—Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

“Beth Underdown grips us from the outset and won’t let go. The Witchfinder’s Sister is at once a feminist parable and an old-fashioned, check-twice-under-the-bed thriller.”—Patrick Gale, author of Notes from an Exhibition

About the Author

Beth Underdown lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester. Her first novel, The Witchfinder's Sister, is based on the life of the 1640s witchfinder Matthew Hopkins. Beth's interest in seventeenth-century England was sparked by the work of her great-uncle David Underdown, one of that period's foremost historians. She came across a brief mention of Matthew Hopkins while reading a book about midwifery, igniting an interest which turned into an all-consuming hunt for the truth about this infamous killer.

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  • File Size: 6346 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399179143
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 25, 2017)
  • Publication Date: April 25, 2017
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JEMPGMQ
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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