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Witch Hunt
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2012
Sadie Asquith is a freelance journalist who decides she is going to write a book about the Essex Witch Hunts, in which 500 women were tried and many of whom lost their lives.

Throughout the book we learn the appalling ways in which women were treated by power hungry men who lorded it over young girls, exploiting them in the most horrific ways in order to get them to confess to witchcraft, sometimes against themselves and in some cases against their loved ones. Once they had confessed to this `crime', they were either hung in front of a heckling crowd, or `swum'.

Sadie's research brings some shocking details to light and she knows that she's on to something highly explosive! Will Sadie live to tell the tale?

This book had me hooked from the very beginning, so much so I was unable to put it down and finished it in just over 2 days! I loved how the characters literally came to life throughout the book. Any horror fans out there will LOVE this book!

Love ghost stories? Then this is definitely the book for you! The PERFECT Halloween read.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I read and enjoyed the first Syd Moore book "The Drowning Pool" so when I saw this book had been brought out I had to read it.

I have not been disappointed at all. This book gripped me and I had to keep on reading page after page.

Set in our time period its about a journalist who is researching the 17th century witch hunts and in particular the Witchfinder General. Its spooky, its a mystery, its a thoroughly entertaining read.

The writer pulls you in and although at first some of the characters seem meaningless in the end it all comes together and makes sense.

I honestly can not wait for more books by this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2012
Not my normal sort of book but was hooked from page 1!! just couldnt put it down - scared myself a couple of times as i thought the whole thing was quite believable cant wait for more of the same!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2013
Sadie Asquith is a freelance journalist, who has always had a strong interest in the witchcraft trials, so she decides to research and write a book all about the 16th Century witchcraft trials. Sadie is from and lives in Essex, so she is surprised to find that the number of people put to their death, or cruelly treated on account of suspicion that they were witches in Essex, is really high, and worth writing a book on.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2012
This book haunted me. Syd Moore's book has brilliantly realised the sorry tales of so many women (particularly) living in Essex in the 1600's. A great tale of a journalist drawn so deeply into the tales of the Essex persecuted that she is haunted by the wronged souls, driving her into deeper and darker places and unexpected revelations.

This really moved me and I am keen to support any campaign to have a memorial to the innocent victims of the self appointed 'Witchfinder General', Matthew Hopkins.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2012
Iam half way through reading witch hunt and i have to say i am glued to it
i can not put it down it is very well writing and because it is based on true
events makes it all the more appealing , i would reccomend this book to anyone
it is everything you need in a book its sad,scary,but most of all it inform,s you
of our past and how cruel the human being can be to another human being all because
they are different
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2012
Not my usual sort of read, but I'm so glad I purchased this. I couldn't wait to find out what happens next. It has made me want to look into the history of witch hunts more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2013
I read this book because I'm always interested in anything about historical witch hunts and I found this one fascinating. The facts surrounding the Essex witch trials were accurately incorporated and despite other reviewers finding the protagonist Sadie Asquith annoying, I thought she was very well crafted and I empathised with her. This is a modern take on a ghost story and is blended in with Sadie's discoveries about her own past and it was very compelling - at the end of each chapter I wanted to go onto the next straight away. I enjoyed this one so much that I'm now going to look for other books by Syd Moore and add them to my reading list! I highly recommend it, particularly if you're interested in the witch trials and Matthew Hopkins the Witchfinder General, but even if you're not, it's an excellent thrilling story which I think fans of James Herbert would enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2012
This is an excellent read which weaves historic facts into a most fascinating tale. The reader is unsure who to believe in the beginning, but when finding out something her mother 'forgot' to tell her the reader must surely get firmly behind this bright journalist from Essex. The story kept me riveted as I just needed to know what was coming next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2012
This book had me gripped as soon as I started to read it and could not stop until I finished, quite scary in parts but really well written and I loved the characters, so glad I bought it and will most definately read it again I enjoyed it so much, very interesting with some witch history in there too! Brilliant read!!!
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