A gripping tale of betrayal and persecution set in the witch trials in sixteenth-century Germany.
Some words can kill . . . To Gude s son and grandchildren it could mean the loss of a loved one.
To Gude it could mean torture and death at the stake.
And to Gude s daughter-in-law it could mean one less mouth to feed. In a time when famine is rife and panic spreading, people resort to desperate measures in order to survive. So when Gude is accused of witchcraft by her daughter-in-law she must find the strength to clear her name and save her life . . .
A gripping, well-told story of faith and truth. - Khaled Hosseini, bestselling author of The Kite Runner
Gripping debut - Elle
This is a stunning debut... Viscerally scary, gripping and written in beautiful, sparse prose, it's a seriously good read - Sainsbury's magazine
Mailman generates a real sense of dread for Gude's fate . . . One of Mailman's ancestors was accused of witchcraft in 1600s New England, which adds piquancy to the plot . . . Mailman creditably forces the pace, giving the snouty friar pride of place in an unusual denouement. - Financial Times
Not for the faint-hearted, Mailman ratchets up the tension and the images of torture as Gude fights to escape an horrendous fate. Gripping. - Marie Claire
This terrifying, gripping novel shows how desperation spawns wickedness. - The Times
A centuries-old tale with modern resonance - Guardian
Beautifully executed - Historical Novels Review