book cover of The Witchfinder\'s  Sister
Added by 15 of our members

The Witchfinder's Sister

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
“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)

“Vivid and terrifying.”—Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water

Connects nicely with such dystopian classics as 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale.”—Booklist

Essex, England, 1645. With a heavy heart, Alice Hopkins returns to the small town she grew up in. Widowed, with child, and without prospects, she is forced to find refuge at the house of her younger brother, Matthew. In the five years she has been gone, the boy she knew has become a man of influence and wealth—but more has changed than merely his fortunes. Alice fears that even as the cruel burns of a childhood accident still mark his face, something terrible has scarred Matthew’s soul.

There is a new darkness in the town, too—frightened whispers are stirring in the streets, and Alice’s blood runs cold with dread when she discovers that Matthew is a ruthless hunter of suspected witches. Torn between devotion to her brother and horror at what he’s become, Alice is desperate to intervene—and deathly afraid of the consequences. But as Matthew’s reign of terror spreads, Alice must choose between her safety and her soul.

Alone and surrounded by suspicious eyes, Alice seeks out the fuel firing her brother’s brutal mission—and is drawn into the Hopkins family’s past. There she finds secrets nested within secrets: and at their heart, the poisonous truth. Only by putting her own life and liberty in peril can she defeat this darkest of evils—before more innocent women are forced to the gallows.

Inspired by the real-life story of notorious “Witchfinder General” Matthew Hopkins, Beth Underdown’s thrilling debut novel blends spellbinding history with echoes of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale for a truly haunting reading experience.

Praise for The Witchfinder’s Sister

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

“Highly recommended.”—Library Journal(starred review)

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"A richly told and utterly compelling tale, with shades of Hilary Mantel." - Kate Hamer

"VIVID AND TERRIFYING." - Paula Hawkins


Similar books by other authors

thumb
Falling Creatures
(Cornish Mystery, book 1)
Katherine Stansfield
thumb
The Bookseller's Tale
(Oxford Medieval Mysteries, book 1)
Ann Swinfen

Used availability for Beth Underdown's The Witchfinder's Sister

Hardback Editions

December 2017 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: The Witchfinder's Sister
Author(s): Beth Underdown
ISBN: 1-4448-3505-X / 978-1-4448-3505-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


March 2017 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: The Witchfinder's Sister: The captivating Richard & Judy Book Club historical thriller 2018
Author(s): Beth Underdown
ISBN: 0-241-97803-3 / 978-0-241-97803-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


April 2017 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: The Witchfinder's Sister: A Novel
Author(s): Beth Underdown
ISBN: 0-399-17914-3 / 978-0-399-17914-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

December 2017 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: The Witchfinder's Sister: The captivating Richard & Judy Book Club historical thriller 2018
Author(s): Beth Underdown
ISBN: 0-241-97805-X / 978-0-241-97805-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


February 2017 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: The Witchfinder's Sister: The captivating Richard & Judy Book Club historical thriller 2018
Author(s): Beth Underdown
ISBN: 0-241-97804-1 / 978-0-241-97804-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

January 2018 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Witchfinder's Sister
Author(s): Beth Underdown
ISBN: 0-241-98376-2 / 978-0-241-98376-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   


April 2017 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Witchfinder's Sister
Author(s): Beth Underdown
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   


March 2017 : Australia Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Witchfinder's Sister
Author(s): Beth Underdown
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon AU   


March 2017 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Witchfinder's Sister
Author(s): Beth Underdown
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon CA   


March 2017 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Witchfinder's Sister
Author(s): Beth Underdown
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2017 : USA Kindle edition
thumb

Title: The Witchfinder's Sister: A Novel
Author(s): Beth Underdown
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   


March 2017 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: The Witchfinder's Sister: The captivating Richard & Judy Book Club historical thriller 2018
Author(s): Beth Underdown
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU