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The Witchfinder's Sister, by Beth Underdown

The Witchfinder's Sister - Beth Underdown

Between 1644 and 1647, Matthew Hopkins traveled through rural East Anglia killing hundreds of people. We don’t see him on the lists of history’s most prolific serial killers because his killings were officially sanctioned and quite legal. Hopkins was a witch-finder; he would be called into a town or a village to investigate, then let the town execute the accused. Beth Underdown invents a sibling to serve as a witness to Hopkin’s spree in The Witchfinder’s Sister. Through the fictional Alice’s eyes, we learn what might have led the historical man to not only investigate witchcraft but also write a manual to finding witches that was used during the Salem Witch Trials a few decades later...

 

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.