The number of women my brother Matthew killed, so far as I can reckon it, is one hundred and six...
1645. When Alice Hopkins' husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns 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 witchcraft, and of a great book, in which he is gathering women's names.
To what lengths will Matthew's obsession drive him?
And what choice will Alice make, when she finds herself at the very heart of his plan?
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5 Words: Family, resentment, superstition, death, blame.
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked this up, but whatever my expectations were they were not only met but exceeded.
It took me some getting used to the writing style. This is very much written as Alice's story, her voice is very clear, and the style is slightly old-fashioned. Alice is not afraid to tell it as it is inside her head, but perhaps not so much to other people, especially her brother. I think what I loved most about the writing was how superstition and fear was very much evident. It almost had the feel of a horror, but it was very subtle in its presentations.