The number of women my brother Matthew killed, so far as I can reckon it, is one hundred and six…

That was all I needed to read to be gripped by Beth Underdown’s debut The Witchfinder’s Sister. 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. It’s 1645 – Matthew has changed and has a new obsession. There are rumours of witchcraft in the town and whisperings of a book with women’s names in it.

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