Book Review | The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

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How are you?

I have another book review for you today, I also have my Stars Hollow Monthly Subscription box to do soon but I wanted to do this review while it is still fresh in my mind which is the troubling thing for me when it comes to writing reviews, I always do it on my day off and sometimes I would’ve finished the book about a week before. But this time I finished the book two days ago, so I am glad that I had a day off from work.

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The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

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?

Published: March 2017
Published Edition: December 2017
Publishers: Penguin Books
Genre: Historical Fiction

Format: Paperback

Goodreads Star Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Review

I found this book while browsing in the bookshop and the title itself caught my eye. It took me a while to figure out that Matthew Hopkins and the Witch trials happened in the mid-1600s in Essex. The only witch trials that I was aware of were in Salem, USA.

This book is very mysterious with a dark twist, the truth of the event that left Matthew very scarred as a young child really is the prominent event that gets mentions through the book while Alice still believes what she has always know what happened from people telling her she is doubted until she discovers the reason as to what happened to Matthew. I found that it was interesting to see the dynamic of the siblings while also for Alice to be horrified to know the truth about Matthew and what he has become.

I found the book at the beginning to be very slow paced, it took a while for me to establish the estranged relationship between the Hopkins siblings, you can see from reading the book that they have a difference of opinion when it comes to Christianity. The book does get better once you’ve established Matthew’s methods in finding witches and how Matthew is determined to see through his intentions. I found Alice very eager in wanting to prevent any harm to Bridget and Rebecca while trying to do it without her brother’s knowledge.

Beth Underdown is a very compelling writer especially for a debut novelist, she has captured t and I am excited about her next book, if it is anything dark and mysterious like this book then I am there.

I hope you are having a lovely day xx

Book Review | City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

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I am really sorry for the silent treatment I was feeling a little unmotivated to do another blog post, I kept putting it off for so long since I realised that it had been over a week since my previous post.

Work has been busy and last week I decided to sort out my TBR books. I don’t have a bookshelf in my room because I have the smallest room in the house, so the only place I can put my books is on a shelving unit. I had one part of the shelving unit with just my TBR books but then it got too crowded and so I decided to just move them next to the unit in piles on the floor and honestly I love it, it also gave me an opportunity to clear out some books that I won’t be picking up soon. I usually give it to charity but I am contemplating on selling them on eBay, I don’t know yet I haven’t made up my mind.

Anyway moving off topic again…

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City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey’s best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana’s husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it’s time for the two of them to disappear again.

Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you’re accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. As a murderer, Casey isn’t a good candidate, but she has something they want: She’s a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn’t the only secret Rockton is hidingβ€”in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.

Published: January 2016
Published Edition: December 2016
Publishers: Sphere
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Format: Paperback

Goodreads Star Rating:🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I love a good small-town mystery, I love the secrets of the main character the interactions with the locals and the mystery of Rockton.

Rockton is a small town that can be not found on a regular map at your tourist information, it is a town where people apply to live in for two years because they were haunted by their past. Which is why Casey and her best friend Diana decided to apply. Casey has kept the fact that she killed a man when she was in college because she was afraid that his family would act out revenge on her. She has been so protective of her best friend Diana because of the horrible relationship she had with her ex-husband. Casey only goes to Rockton because she wants to do it for Diana but as soon as Diana and Casey are settling in at Rockton, Casey realises how much of her friendship with Diana truly is.

I really like how this town it is surrounded with a forest, a forest that no one is allowed in alone and with the mysterious disappearances the forest itself is very hard for Casey and Sheriff Eric Dalton to figure it out. I really like the dynamic between Casey and Eric, Eric may want to have a detective in the town of Rockton but he is not pleased with Casey’s history. I hope to learn more about the mysterious forest in the next book because at the end I wanted to know more about it and I was even more fascinated with the connection with Eric.

I have to say the writing in this book was so compelling and I couldn’t leave the book alone. I loved the mysterious town and the people behind it, I really love the locals as well as the main characters. I am excited to pick up the second book and I will look forward to the third book that will release soon.

I have basically grown up reading Kelley Armstrong’s books and I feel very proud as a fan to see how she has come since her Women of the Otherworld series (which I still need to finish) I can definitely tell that she has grown a lot more as a writer and it is proof in the Cainsville series(Oh my goodness, AMAZING) and this book, I think this genre really suits her more than romance books when she started.

I hope you are having a lovely day xx

Book Review | The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer

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How are you?

I don’t know if you follow me on Goodreads but I did finish a book before The Beautiful Dead which was City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, I decided not to do a book review of it because I want to read the full series before I make a review.

I also want to share you, my newest spread for February. I went with a fairytale theme, in all my spreads I try and keep it at a consistent theme throughout the month although there are a couple of pages that do wander off on their own. My first week is in the theme of Little Red Riding Hood, I think out of all the fairytale books that I have read when I was younger I never had a favourite but Little Red Riding Hood was something that I have grown to love.

Anyway moving off topic.

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The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer

They wanted the same things. Death – and an audience.

Eve Singer makes her living from death. As a TV crime reporter, she’ll go to any length to get the latest scoop.

But when a twisted serial killer starts using her to gain the publicity he craves, Eve must decide how far she’s willing to go – and how close she’ll let him get . . .

Published: March 2017
Publishers: Black Swan
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Format: Paperback

Pages: 416

Goodreads Star Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Review

I had seen this book on Instagram and I was very attracted to the beautiful butterfly cover. But I think the plot itself really drew me in, I haven’t been reading a lot of mystery thriller books in a long time, I mean even though some of Nora Roberts standalone novels do fall in the mystery, thriller and I am a little obsessed with her books but this is different.

I found the book to be very good, I never thought about the length most reporters have to go through like Eve to capture something in order to garner attention. I found the killer using Eve to seek more fame to be a clique theme you would see in movies and tv. But I have to say it played out differently than I thought.The killer believes that he is an artist and uses Eve to help him “promote” his work telling her that she and he are alike. Bauer is a really good writer, I never heard of her until I saw the book and while I am curious about her other work but I honestly know that it will not happen.

I have to say it was a very fast read and I couldn’t stop crying of relief towards the end. I really liked the relationship with Eve and her father, as well as her friendship with Joe and how both Eve and Joe planned to stop the killer was very well planned out.

I do recommend anyone this book, it’s such a good read when you are stuck at home because of the weather and it just warms you up, with deathπŸ’€

I hope you are having a lovely day