I was really keen to read this book, what with it being the month of October, I thought it would help set the scene for Halloween and get me in the mood. And don’t get me wrong, it did deliver some creepy moments but it quickly turned into something of a let down.
Sadie Asquith is a journalist who has always been fascinated by the Essex Witch Trials of the 16th Century, and as she lands a book deal she finds herself delving into the past much more. But sadly the book deal has come at a traumatic time for Sadie, whose mum has just passed away. It isn’t long before Sadie begins to experience strange things, from ghostly apparitions to eerie voices and soon she begins to feel that she is being warned to stop writing the book.
Although well written and providing plenty of atmosphere, there were moments when the book seemed to repeat itself a little bit and the moments that were created to conjure fear in the readers were too few for my liking. Saying that when there was a scenario where fear and tension were built, they were classics and delivered perfectly. For example a moment where Sadie goes up into her loft to investigate the sound of a heavy object scraping along the floor, or the moment she’s in the shower and finds herself being swarmed in lice. Both delightfully creepy and icky.
But sadly I saw what was meant to be the twist, way before the character did, which any book reader will admit is most disappointing. We want to be shocked by a good twist or horrified by a well timed surprise, but I’m afraid this was written in such a way that it was somewhat spoiled for me. It is a well-researched book, which if anything will probably encourage you to go and look into Witch Trials that took place in Britain and read up more on Matthew Hopkins. I’d recommend this to people who are interested in the history of Witch trials and for those looking for an easy Halloween read.
Star Rating out of 5: 3.5
‘And so I walked like a ghost through the memories of my afterlife.’
Happy reading fellow bookworms.