Fleetwood er gravid, igjen, og mannen hennes er engstelig da ingen av hennes tidligere graviditeter har vart til termin. Fleetwood merker presset, og angsten for å ikke kunne gi mannen en arvtager begynner å ta overhånd. Men så møter hun unge Alice som visstnok kan en ting eller to om helse og medisiner... og magi? The Familiars tar opp den tragiske historien om The Pendle Witch Trials, og viser menneskene som var beskyldt, og de som stod ved deres side.
- Mia, bokansvarlig, Outland Oslo.
The Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard & Judy Book Club Pick
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.
'Assured and alluring, this beautiful tale of women and witchcraft and the fight against power was a delight from start to finish' Jessie Burton, author of THE MINIATURIST
'The new Hilary Mantel' Cosmopolitan
'Truly spellbinding' Good Housekeeping