THE MOST THRILLING HISTORICAL DEBUT OF 2018
Based on the true story of the infamous witchfinder Matthew Hopkins, with one of the most memorable heroines in recent historical fiction, this haunting novel is perfect for fans of The Miniaturist, Sarah Waters and The Essex Serpent.
'A compelling debut from a gifted storyteller' (Sarah Perry author of The Essex Serpent)
Beth Underdown grips us from the outset...at once a feminist parable and an old-fashioned, check-twice-under-the-bed thriller (Patrick Gale)
A tense, surprising and elegantly-crafted novel (Ian McGuire)
Chilling, gripping, terrifying and exquisitely written (Susan Barker)
A richly told and utterly compelling tale, with shades of Hilary Mantel (Kate Hamer)
Atmospheric and filled with foreboding, it's a novel that draws you under its spell (Stylist)
A haunting, brooding debut (Psychologies)
A chilling, creeping novel with parallels to more modern forms of witch-hunts (Red)
'Anyone who liked Cecilia Ekback's Wolf Winter is going to love this. [It's] about tiny braveries and small courage... a real David and Goliath story, but far less straightforward' (Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street)
From the Inside Flap
Until now, mine and Matthew's history has lived in the dark.
But now I must turn over the stone: that you might see it, wriggling to escape.
1645. When Alice Hopkins' husband dies in a tragic accident, she has no choice but to return 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 witches, and of a great book, in which her brother is gathering women's names.
To what lengths will her brother's obsession drive him?
And what choice will Alice make, when she finds herself at the very heart of his plan?