In December of the year 1377, five children were burned to death in a suspicious house fire. A small band of villagers traveled 200 miles across England in midwinter to demand justice for their children’s deaths.
Sinful Folk is the story of this treacherous journey as seen by Mear, a former nun who has lived for a decade disguised as a mute man, raising her son quietly in this isolated village.
For years, she has concealed herself and all her secrets. But in this journey, she will find the strength to claim the promise of her past and find a new future. Mear begins her journey in terror and heartache, and ends in triumph and redemption.
The remarkable new novel by Ned Hayes
Illustrated by New York Times bestseller Nikki McClure
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When I first saw this book, the medieval aspect caught my attention right away. Still, I figured that for a book of this time period, I expected a lot of boring miles of description and historical references. I was wrong. This book was anything but boring.
The main point of the story was revealed right away, allowing the characters to have a justified reason for their actions and their desperation to solve the crime before them. I greatly enjoyed the way Ned Hayes described the world of these people and how he chose to tell the story from a single perspective. That must have been a difficult decision for the author when there were so many important characters that were vital to the story.
One thing that caught my attention about this story was the way the main character dealt with her grief. In too many books we see either strict vengeance or grief and sorrow, but rarely do we see laughter, mirth and the variety of other emotions this author used to display her feelings.
I was fascinated by the journey and the revelations of those who travelled together in search of justice and wisdom. I realised when I was half way through this book that it was taking me virtually no time to read it. The sign of a good, interesting story.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the historical period. Great read.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and provided through Netgalley.