Winner of the HWA Debut Crown 2017
‘The number of women my brother Matthew killed, so far as I can reckon it, is one hundred and six…’
THE PAGE-TURNING RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB BESTSELLER
‘A compelling debut from a gifted storyteller’ Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent
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?
Winner of the HWA Debut Crown Award 2017, and a Spring 2018 Richard and Judy Book Club pick, this beautiful and haunting historical thriller is perfect for fans of Sarah Waters, The Miniaturist and Burial Rites.