The Witchfinder's Sister

  • by Beth Underdown
  • Narrated by Lucy Brownhill, Roy McMillan
  • 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of The Witchfinder's Sister by Beth Underdown, read by Lucy Brownhill and Roy McMillan.
It's 1645. 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. Matthew has changed, and there are rumours spreading through the town: whispers of witchcraft, and of a great book, in which he is gathering women's names. To what lengths will Matthew's obsession drive him? And what choice will Alice make when she finds herself at the very heart of his plan?

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What the Critics Say

"Vivid and terrifying." (Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train)
"A richly told and utterly compelling tale, with shades of Hilary Mantel." (Kate Hamer)
"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)
"A tense, surprising and elegantly-crafted novel. The Witchfinder's Sister is a gripping exploration of the dark and twisted roots of seventeenth-century paranoia." (Ian McGuire, author of The North Water)
"Beth Underdown grips us from the outset and won't let go...at once a feminist parable and an old-fashioned, check-twice-under-the-bed thriller." (Patrick Gale, author of Notes from an Exhibition)
"Beth Underdown cleverly creates a compelling atmosphere of dread and claustrophobia.... Even from the distance of nearly four hundred years, her Matthew Hopkins is a genuinely frightening monster." (Kate Riordan, author of The Girl in the Photograph)
"Superb: dark, terrifying and utterly compelling." (Tracy Borman)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Superb debut novel!

Would you listen to The Witchfinder's Sister again? Why?

This book was an absolutely fantastic read/listen, but I only read a book once. Period.


Who was your favorite character and why?

I would not want to differentiate between the characters, they were all excellently written and portrayed with an obvious depth of historical research and resultant understanding of the social mores of mid-seventeenth century England.


Have you listened to any of Lucy Brownhill and Roy McMillan ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not aware of listening to these readers before but both were excellent.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Much of the book was very moving. The powerlessness and victimisation of women due to the bigotry and ignorance current at the time upset me. Nothing has changed in some parts of the world - that thought made me sad too.


Any additional comments?

A compelling read, the reader is carried along on a whirlwind journey deep into one of the least pleasant chapters of British history. I liked the subtle reference to how all this was about to be repeated in the New World!!

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- Jonathan W.

Great Read

Well worth a read, clever and believable account of a chilling time in history showing how quickly human beings can turn against themselves. Excellent Narrator.
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- ms

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin AudioBooks