"You can go to church every Sunday and bow your head and pray and be a monster just the same" 'Hexenhaus' is a work of historical fiction exploring the witch trials across Early Modern Europe and the psychology that perpetuates such horrific acts. The story weaves together the lives of three teenage girls from different periods in history - 17th Century Germany, 18th Century Scotland and modern day country town Australia - who are each condemned by their communities for witchcraft. A surprisingly thoughtful, nuanced and powerful read, the author examines the hysteria that led to the persecution of thousands of people, primarily women, during these witch hunts, and contrasts this with how such a mentality translates into the contemporary day. This is such a sadly poignant and haunting story, in parts quite difficult and painful to read, that is ultimately about fear culture, social conscience and the excuses that are used in order to other and oppress those who are different. Well written, compelling and incredibly confronting, this book does so much with the subject matter. It is a deeply relevant story, despite the historical setting, with important parallels to modern attitudes that cleverly examines the danger of unjustified mistrust and hatred that leads society to accuse and persecute innocent minorities. Whilst I found the beginning a little slow, the dark atmosphere coupled with an undercurrent of tension, danger, paranoia and suspicion draws you deep into the story. The use of alternating perspectives worked really well, making it impossible not to become invested in each characters harrowing and horrifyingly real experiences, and I really adored the way the theme of sisterhood was layered throughout the story. A disturbing yet fascinating look at an important part of history from the perspective of three strong, loyal and determined women. Well worth the read.