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The Hangman’s Daughter: A Brief Review

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I’m not usually tempted by a Daily Deal, but for some reason I succumbed to Kindle’s advertising ploy one day this summer.

Lucky for me The Hangman’s Daughter was worth the $1.99 I paid for it. This book is a bit gorier than books I normally read, but I think it was the disturbing nature of the prologue that sucked me in. Kind of like when you can’t take your eyes off a bad accident.

The suspense/mystery/historical fiction story is about a midwife wrongly accused of murder and witchcraft in Bavaria in the 1600s. The town’s hangman believes her to be innocent, though most everyone else wants to see her burned at the stake. It seems people got burned at the stake for some pretty unwarranted reasons back in the day. ¬†Oliver Potzsch ¬†creates a very endearing character with a career you would imagine only a ruthless person to have. I love the hangman’s disposition; the way he loves his family, longs for justice and struggles with each horrible thing his job requires him to do.

I found the story to be fascinating, albeit slightly disturbing. This was my first historical fiction read from this time period, so I feel like I got a good world history lesson as I read the story.

I had a bit of trouble keeping track of who was who because there were many supporting characters, some with similar sounding names, but that was the only thing that really tripped me up. Definitely worth the read, and definitely made me thankful that I didn’t grow up in Bavaria in the 1600s.

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