BOOK FEELINGS: If you are an avid (or even occasional) reader you’ll know that last year I reviewed ‘The Witch’s Daughter’ by Paula Brackston and I LOVED IT. There was so much to like and enjoy, so when the opportunity to read another story full of witch trials that is also based on a true story I jumped at the chance.
‘The Familiars’ by Stacey Halls starts well, we meet Fleetwood Shuttleworth, a nineteen-year-old pregnant for the fourth time yet still childless. She is under pressure from her much older husband for a son and all Fleetwood wants is for this child to survive.
She’s only been married 4 years when she finds herself horrified that her husband is keeping secrets and a mistress. There is only so much obedience she can take and then on a day she takes a rebellious ride through the woods she meets Alice who might just be the answer to her problems.
Fleetwood knows she is isolated and needs someone on her side and as her relationship with Alice builds in respect and trust, she feels further and further away from Richard. Finding a Doctors note that changes her life is the turning point in the book. Is her midwife actually a witch? Can they both survive so she can bring this pregnancy to term? Will Richard forgive her?
I try and be honest with you Dear Reader, so I’m going to call a spade a spade. This book starts with such promise and intrigue but as it goes on, there isn’t enough tension, the sub-plots don’t add to the narrative and I struggled to finish it. Some people might love it, others will hate it but I am a bit indifferent. I’ve read better, I’ve definitely read worse.
The rugby is on and after that, I’m going to finish the final book in the Dr. Ruth Galloway series. Happy Reading