The Familiars, a review by Shelley

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Stacey Halls

Publication Date: October 1, 2019
368 Pages
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The best thing about this book is the fact that it is loosely based on real events and real people. I decided to read this book because of the season as it is listed as gothic historical fiction, throw in some witches and I’m yelling “Take my money!”

Stacey Halls has obviously done her homework, the research is impeccable. After reading the book I looked all the people up to find out more about the time. She portrays our two female lead characters as strong, loyal women determined to help each other, which was rare for the time period as the ladies all depended on the men and were treated like chattel.

If you’re looking for a book about the witch trials themselves this is not for you as the focus is on the relationship between employer and employee, the midwife. But if you’re looking for a fascinating, spellbinding tale Halls writes a wonderful one. The Familiars sucked me in right away and wouldn’t let me go. I have two other books by this author on my TBR and she has a new one coming out in 2024, for now I will say what a marvellous debut.

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