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The Familiars

Narrated by: Katy Sobey
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)
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Summary

To save her child, she will trust a stranger. To protect a secret, she must risk her life....

Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband, Richard, is anxious for an heir. When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn't supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy. 

Then she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife. Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby and to prove the physician wrong. 

As Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the North-West, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye? 

Soon the two women's lives will become inextricably bound together as the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood's stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake. 

Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.

©2019 Stacey Halls (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

Critic reviews

"Assured and alluring, this beautiful tale of women and witchcraft and the fight against power was a delight from start to finish." (Jessie Burton, best-selling author of The Miniaturist)

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Entertaining

This was an enjoyable listen. It kept me entertained the whole way through. I was a little disappointed in the ending, and felt it was resolved too easily after everything, but I'm still glad I read it. I do love a witch hunt story.
I thought the narrator was perfect for the story.

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Couldn't stop listening!

I loved this book so absorbing and we'll researched I will miss Fleetwood and Alice!

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excellent

i loved this book, beautifully read and the characters seemed very real, the story was gripping and seemed historically accurate in terms of attitudes , food, clothing etc.
irs the first book ive read by this author i will bw looking for others.

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  • KIDDERMINSTER, United Kingdom
  • 04-03-19

Really enjoyed it

I really loved this book. I couldn't stop listening. I did find the narration style a little weak from time to time but I think this was done to suit the main character in the book. I will look out for more books by this author in the future. A really good listen and based in history which is a big bonus, in my eyes anyway. Great!!!!

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Enchanting 💚

I throughly enjoyed this. It was captivating and I love that it was based on real people.

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Atmospheric

Great book loved it from start to finish ! Would highly recommend .I will be sure to look out for this author again !

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Excellent

The book is partly based on a true story of the witch trials at Pendlebury. Both the author and narrator are excellent and really need you wanting to know more about the subject and the people involved.

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