Whats it all about?:
In 1850 a poltergeist thumped in the walls of the country parsonage of a French priest. Driven half-mad by the noise, he blamed, persecuted and beat the local male witch. The witch sued the priest for slander and assault – the only known witch trial where a witch was the plaintiff. Who won? What caused the poltergeist? Follow the clues to find out. Based on a true story.
What did I think?:
I got this book free from net galley, the first time I have used their services so thanks to them and Smith Publicity. I thought this was a fascinating topic for a story, and I was intrigued to read that the author came upon the Cideville poltergeist while rummaging through books at her dentist’s office. The main portion of the novel involves the poltergeist itself, a creepy and noisy manifestation which terrifies the parish priest and his two wannabe young priests, Gustave and Bunel. I thought the writing of the supernatural occurrences was very effective, and I was curious to see how the story would develop.
After a failed exorcism and seance, Father Lariat convinces himself that it is the work of a local witch Thorel Felix who was allegedly seen to “hex” his two students at an auction. After a moment of madness and pushed to the limit, Lariat beats Felix and ends up in court to be sued by Felix. This part of the story I was not expecting, and although I found the trial interesting, it felt a little stilted at points. Unfortunately this was not helped by poor formatting on my Kindle edition (not the author’s fault!). Apart from this, it was a good read and definitely a historical incident that I will be looking for more information on.
Would I recommend it?:
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