Amandine Bisset has a secret power only known to a few, the ability to sense the emotions of others but not why they are feeling those emotions. In The Witches of Cambridgeby Menna Van Praag, Amandine has started to hate her power and wishes she had a power more like her student Noa’s, the ability to hear the innermost thoughts of others. Noa hates her power, her inability to keep those thoughts to herself has led to a lifetime of loneliness so when an artist offers to take her power away Noa jumps at the chance, but slowly she starts to wonder what losing part of yourself costs.
I really enjoyed The Witches of Cambridge, it is not the type of novel I usually read or review but once I started I couldn’t put it down. Van Praag does a masterful job of weaving the different story lines of the different characters into a cohesive whole after the story gets going. It felt like it took a little while for the main story lines to start just because there are so many main characters and we had to get everyone’s backstory to understand their motivations. The great/bad thing about Witches of Cambridge is Van Praag would take us along with one character for awhile before switching to another character and every, and I mean every, time she would switch to another character I wanted to keep reading about the previous character but two pages into the current character I would just want to follow along with that character. The Witches of Cambridge is a great fun read and my edition included reading group questions so it would be perfect for book clubs.
You can read an excerpt here.
Title: The Witches of Cambridge
Author: Menna Van Praag
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 287
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: December 22, 2016
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.