Hexenhaus was released on October 31st, 2016.
In 1628, Veronica and her brother flee for their lives into the German woods after their father is burned at the stake.
At the dawn of the eighteenth century, Scottish maid Katherine is lured into political dissent after her parents are butchered for their beliefs.
In present-day Australia, Paisley navigates her way through the burning torches of small-town gossip after her mother’s new-age shop comes under scrutiny.
‘A riveting novel for young adults inspired by the true history of witchcraft and witch-hunts, Hexenhaus entwines the past and the present in three compelling narrative threads that will keep the reader on the edge of their seats. Unputdownable!’ Kate Forsyth, internationally bestselling author
‘Set amidst the hysteria and brutality of Early Modern Europe, McWatters tells a gripping tale of three young women separated by time and geography, linked by matriarchy and an extraordinary calling. Rich with demons and bigotry, potions and politics, Hexenhaus draws a sharply observed line between modern day prejudice in Australia and the paranoia surrounding the European witch trials.’ Nicole Hayes, author of One True Thing.
Hexenhaus was named as one of the best six young adult novels of 2016 by the Sydney Morning Herald.
“Three women, three different countries, three different times – all accused of witchcraft. This is young-adult, historical/contemporary fiction at its best. Rich storytelling (politics, feminism, family) binds up their shared story of suspicion, power and the evil that can be done – all in the name of good. Nikki McWatters delivers an atmospheric page-turner, layered with complexity and emotion.”
Hexenhaus was recently long-listed for a prestigious Davitt Award for crime writing (because witch-hunting is a crime against humanity I guess). This is very exciting!!