• The Darkest Shore

  • By: Karen Brooks
  • Narrated by: Willow Nash
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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By: Karen Brooks
Narrated by: Willow Nash
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The independent women of Scotland stand up to a witch hunt, male fury and the power of the Church in a battle for survival.

1703. The wild east coast of Scotland.

Returning to her home town of Pittenweem, fishwife and widow Sorcha McIntyre knows she faces both censure and mistrust. After all, this is a country where myth and legend are woven into the fabric of the everyday, a time when those who defy custom like Sorcha are called to account.

It is dangerous to be a clever woman who 'doesn't know her place' in Pittenweem - a town rife with superstition. So, when a young local falls victim to witchcraft, the Reverend Cowper and the townsfolk know who to blame. What follows for Sorcha and her friends is a terrifying battle, not only for their souls but for their lives, as they are pitted against the villagers' fear, a malevolent man and the might of the church.

©2021 Karen Brooks (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"The characters are complex and compelling...a powerful novel, at times brutal, but always enthralling. The Darkest Shore is a major achievement for Karen Brooks." (Better Reading)

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Against all Odds

After enjoying listening to the Good Wife of Bath and a visit to Scotland, I dug into this Karen Brooks story about witchcraft accusations in old Scotland. The book did not disappoint. I love historical fiction so this was entertaining and educational. Its scary how people could rid themselves of enemies by accusing them of witchcraft and its horrible how powerful and corrupt some men of the church were in the past. This story weaves together these driving forces, along with the power of the mob when uneducated and whipped into a frenzy. The heroine is strong with hard fought battles in her past. She, along with her sisterhood of fishwives, fight against the power seeking, money grabbing patriarchy of their town. Some good men help them fight the good fight. The ending is sudden, so not as rewarding as I would have liked, but made me happy. The performance is fabulous except for the occasional insert of text by a different voice, which was very strange.

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  • Sarah H
  • 05-30-22

Harrowing and heartfelt

A story of strong women with strong bonds of friendship leaves the reader feeling relieved and hopeful, instead of despairing at this example of the utter depravity of humanity. One can only be in awe of the level of respect Brooks shows in her meticulous research of the history and the subject matter. Beautifully narrated by Nash, although there were a few odd sound editing issues in places which detracted from the performance.

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  • Pinella
  • 05-04-22

The Power of the Sisterhood

I love the story and on doing a little research, it seems fairly accurate although I did like the ending for the not-so-good reverend. The love affair is incorporated nicely but does not consume the story which is more about the relationships between the women and the nature of the human, the humane and at times, the inhumane crowd mentality. The narration was good although there was the occasional 'glitch' which may well have been in my download however, this wasn't enough to detract from the performance. I did think story a little too long and could have benefitted from some editing, particularly in the last third of the book.