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The Familiars Hardcover – 7 Feb 2019
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I read this in just over a day - I was completely hooked! An intriguing story about a fascinating period of history and brilliant female characters. Source: Libby Page, bestselling author of THE LIDO
A wonderful novel, enthralling, spellbinding, terrifying, full of twists and turns, written with heart and style - and the final chapters will have you racing to the end. A brilliant novel about a true story - and a real mystery. Source: Kate Williams, author of THE STORMS OF WAR
So pacy and brilliantly creepy Source: Juliet West, author of BEFORE THE FALL
The Familiars is an intricate and sensitive portrayal of a brave, tenacious young girl carving her place in the world. A must-read novel Source: Heather Morris, bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Fast-paced, twisty and immense fun Source: Anna Mazzola
SO SO good . . . you had me hooked Source: Nina Pottell, Prima
A debut to look out for, one of these books that once you start reading, you cannot put down Source: The Fountain
I see it becoming one of my favourite books of all time Source: Whatever Ruby
An outstandingly captivating book which weaves its magic around the reader throughout Source: Beady Jans Books
Historical fiction at its feminist best Author: Cyan Turan Source: RED Magazine
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If you’re in a book slump, this is a great title to get you back up! Read it in one weekend after having half completed and abandoned a few books before.
It is her following encounter with Alice Grey, who agrees to become Fleetwood's midwife, that pulls the witch trials further into the story and these two women become linked through the resulting tumult. Alice uses natural remedies when helping people and it is this use of herbs that casts the shadow of witchcraft over her.
I find the witch trials fascinating and this book is based on actual places, people and events. The author grew up in Lancashire and was inspired after a visit to the actual Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham. Although this is a work of fiction, I love that these characters were imagined from real people and after reading I was able to further research their lives and the awful plight of women during these trials.
It was also great to see the friendship that developed between Fleetwood and Alice despite their contrasting backgrounds, the belief they had in each other and the lengths they would go through to try and save each other during incredibly horrific experiences.
An intriguing story of a young girl trying to survive in a time of accusation, hypocrisy, persecution and betrayal.
The story itself is so capturing and the characters are easily followed, I was left on edge page after page following a story of a unlikely friendship, the downfalls of being a woman and having no say in anything apart from worshipping her husband, and the fear of witchcraft in the worst time period.
It was such a beautiful story and really quite haunting.
Thank you Stacey for a wonderful, spellbinding storey. A beautiful, sad nailbiting book. Even Down to the esthetics of the cover ( hardback) beautiful!!