Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my ARC.
The Witchfinder’s Sister is the debut novel from Beth Underwood. It is historical fiction based on the real life character Matthew Hopkins in the 17th century.
The story focuses on his fictional sister Alice Hopkins who returns to the family home after her husband dies. Alice returns to her once shy and reserved brother to find he has found new friends and with them a new purpose in life. Witchhunting.
Alice finds there is nothing she can do to stop her brother and has no choice but to stand by and watch as he tears apart the lives of some of their oldest acquaintances. His treatment of Alice becomes cruel as she begins to investigate what may have brought on this behaviour in him.
The Witchfinder’s Sister is well written, well researched and enjoyable. It’s not a pleasant subject matter but the character of Alice is easy to empathise with and her interactions with other people are suspicious and somewhat shady which serves to shroud the book in mystery.
I’d definitely be interested to see more from this author in the future.