Stacy Schiff's The Witches deals with a horror we assume we know, but don't ... [Schiff] interrogates her sources, makes every detail count, and her style is intriguing - sharp-eyed, discriminating, crisp. You want to understand the subject, and you want to meet the historian - TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
Schiff writes movingly as well as wittily; this is a work of riveting storytelling as well as an authoritative history - THE OBSERVER
This brilliant, compelling book is the most meticulously researched, effectively constructed, and beautifully written work I have read in a very long time. It is dramatic history and also a timeless thriller ... astonishing
A riveting and chilling account ... Schiff's account of these terrors reads like a nerve-shredding psychological thriller - MAIL ON SUNDAY 'Best of 2015'
Once again Stacy Schiff dazzles us. THE WITCHES is a must read for anyone intrigued by this baffling and horrifying chapter from America's Puritan past. What Schiff uncovers is mesmerizing and shocking. Her meticulous research and lyrical writing lay bare an injustice that we should never forget - lest we repeat it - author of DEPRAVED HEART
Schiff is a biographer with a transcendent empathy and a sharp eye, a profoundly humane writer able to reanimate the dead, reprising their hopes and dreams, pieties and crimes ... The result is electrifying, an original contribution to our understanding of what happened and how. And in the best tradition of fairytales, picking at the subconscious, her story appeals not just because it allows us to spectate on the miseries of an unenlightened age, but because it deals with "unfulfilled wishes and unexpressed anxieties, rippling sexual undercurrents and raw terror" - universal things that we may suppress, yet which define who we are - BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE