Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Melissa reviews The Black Hours by Alison Williams

Today’s book review comes from review team member Melissa, she blogs at


Melissa chose to read and review The Black Hours by Alison Williams

The Black Hours - Alison Williams

The Black Hours – Alison Williams

Good golly. Talk about intense. I had never heard of Matthew Hopkins until reading Williams’ The Black Hours. Learning that he was in fact an actual human being was almost more than I could stand. (I was having a hard enough time when I thought he was fictional.)

The book is aptly named. Serious dark hours will be before you, reader, you have been warned. We are talking injustice piled onto injustice, served with a heaping side of (you got it) injustice.

But if you’re fascinated by history — especially Witch Trials — you will find this to be a trip back in time. It’s clear that Williams took great care in her research. The characters are vivid (I liked that both the persecuted and persecutor told their views — made it all the more horrifying), and the writing is smooth. If you’re looking for a Halloween read, check it out. You’ll certainly get chills.

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13 thoughts on “Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Melissa reviews The Black Hours by Alison Williams

  1. I have to agree with Melissa’s review. This is a terrific book, and an intimate view of history through the viewpoint of ordinary participants instead of kings and generals.


  2. You are obviously too young to remember the old Hammer Horror movie The Witchfinder General, loosely based on Matthew Hopkins, Melissa. I have Hopkins ancestors from Essex so I hope he wasn’t from my family!


  3. Hi Melissa – Sounds so very interesting. Another one I’m placing on my longer-than-Santa’s-list TBR. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the review.


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