Jera’s Jamboree review : Witch Hunt by Syd Moore

witch huntFormat: Kindle Edition

File Size: 645 KB

Print Length: 422 pages

Publisher: Avon (11 Oct 2012)



A chilling, haunting ghost story that delves into the dark past of the 16th century Essex witch trials.

Sadie Asquith has been fascinated by the dark past of Essex’s witch hunts for as long as she can remember. And for good reason: between 1560 and 1680, over 500 women were tried for witchcraft in the county of Essex. But as she researches a book on the subject, Sadie experiences strange, ghostly visions. She hears noises at night, a sobbing sound that follows her, and black moths appear from nowhere. It’s as if, by digging up the truth about the witch hunts, she has opened an unearthly connection to the women treated so cruelly and killed centuries before.

And something else in the modern world is after her too: Sadie is sure she’s being followed, her flat is burgled and she finds clues that reveal her own past isn’t all that she believed. Can she find peace for the witches of Essex’s history and can she find a safe path for herself?

For fans of Christopher Ransom and Susan Hill.

So scary you’ll sleep with the lights on…

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Witch Hunt was my Halloween read.  Having bought it a year ago, I finally made it in time for this year!

The prologue is obviously a scene from the past.  I wanted to know who is she?  What had she done?  How is she invisible to neighbours?  This really hooked me in.

Another hook for me was how the author makes the reader aware that something of significance had happened in the past.  This definitely made me want to carry on reading because I really wanted to know!

Fabulous scenes at St Botolph’s, Colchester Castle, Manningtree and in the Witchfinder General’s room at the inn 🙂  I have to be honest and say I wasn’t scared.  Fascinated yes, scared no!

I also have to mention when Sadie visits Dan.  I really felt as if my perceptions had been altered.

The flashbacks to the time of the trials were brilliant.  It is obvious Moore has researched thoroughly as they felt authentic.

There was one character that I just wasn’t sure of.  I asked myself, what part was he playing?  I knew it was more than we saw on the surface.  This was a shock when I found out because I just hadn’t worked it out!

Blending fact with fiction, excellent characters and some terrifying scenes, I enjoyed this story with its different threads weaving through, all linking back to the witch trials.

I have to admit I’ve now bought Moore’s debut, The Drowning Pool.  Hope it won’t take me another year!

Buy it and spread the word

Buy it and spread the word

Syd Moore tweets @sydmoore1 and you’ll find her on Facebook.


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