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Summary

A dazzling, shocking novel that speaks to our times, drawing on the 16th-century case of the witches of Warboys.

Alice Samuel might be old and sharp-tongued, but she's no fool. Visiting her new neighbours in her Fenland village, she suspects Squire Throckmorton's household is not as God-fearing as it seems and finds the children troubled. What she cannot foresee is that all five daughters will succumb in turn to a terrifying affliction and accuse her of witchcraft—who else to blame than an ugly, black-capped woman with mysterious healing skills?

The Throckmortons' maid Martha, uncomfortably aware of strange goings-on in the household herself, is reluctant to believe that Alice is a witch. Yet visiting scholars attracted by the news are convinced, evidence mounts and soon the entire village is swept up in the frenzied persecution of one of their own community.

Exploring a neglected episode in English history to powerful effect, The Bewitching chillingly conveys the brutal tribalism that can erupt in a closed society and how victims can be made to believe in their own wickedness.

©2022 Jill Dawson (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Repetitive, empty, boring

I got this book over a month ago, and I've been really struggling to finish it. Usually I read 1 book a week, but this one is just too boring, it's a chore to pick it up. I thought I would buy the audible version to help me finish it, which it is...but it doesn't make the book any better. For over 170 or so pages it's the same scenes over and over. I honestly might just return the audio book too now and donate the book to a charity shop. I really wouldn't waste your time with this book like I have.

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So depressing

A bad sign when you ask yourself "How much longer does this go on?"
I gave myself a treat and deleted it, without phoning up to return it, them's the breaks, not my cup of tea but others may love it.