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Review: Daughters of the Oak by Becky Wright

“1646 – The English Civil War. The Royalists of King Charles I, and Cromwell’s Parliamentarians, battle, both eager to lay claim to a tattered country, where life has become cheap and death trivial.

Though, for the lowly commoner, a greater, far more devious, war rages. It threatens the souls of the weak, timid and needy. Seeking refuge in the Lord’s word, God fearing folk employ the skills of one man, the Witchfinder. His success speaks of his talent, to seek out, punish and rid the countryside of Witches, the Devil’s Whores.

2016 – A paranormal team are called to investigate, as poltergeist activity brings terror to one family. Under the cover of darkness, in silent suburbia, an endless night of battle against evil ensues, until finally, a new day dawns.

Lies, secrets, and treachery, it seems, are never forgotten.
Welcome to Manningtree…”

What I thought:

I read The Manningtree Account earlier this year and was very intrigued by the story Wright tells, all the more so because it’s based on actual history. I was really excited to read the extended edition, and definitely not just because I got a signed copy <3 *purrs*

There were several new parts in Daughters of the Oak. The new beginning adds interesting background info to the three women haunting the present, and the new last chapter adds a chilling ending to the book. The way the final chapter ends makes me think that there might be a chilling spin-off in the future!

While I was interested in the new backstory and learning what ultimately led to the haunting, I enjoyed the chapters in the present more. Great care was taken in imitating the language of the time which made it sound more authentic, but it also made it harder for me to get into the story.

Usually, horror and I don’t get on, but this wasn’t outright terrifying as much as it was disturbing and a little unsettling. It worked really well for the story and meant that I could read it without losing any sleep, which is a miracle given how easily I scare 😛

If you’d like to know more about the history involved, Wright includes a short lesson on the years she’s drawn from at the back. Knowing this book is based on actual events made it more chilling for me and I appreciated the insight at the end.

The only thing I’d say is that it could have done with fewer commas. There were far too many, and as an author and editor myself the overuse was annoying me a bit.

If you’re a fan of horror and books set in our history but can’t usually cope with the genre like me, then I recommend you try this one!

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