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 http://mllegette.com/

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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.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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.

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  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!

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

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