Okay so Burial Rites by Hannah Kent is a stroke of genius, even one which is based on a true story.
The main character is Agnes, who will die for the murder of two people and her part in it, who is sent to a farm to work out her days until her execution. She also has a priest who wants her to open up and either confess (as the District Commissioner wants) or as he eventually gets, tell her story.
It is set in Northern Iceland in a rural, hard area, in 1829. It is a place where gossip runs rife and everyone knows each other. So when she turns up at Margret’s farm and works, the valley has quite the field day. It also gives way to Agnes’ story- which is heartbreaking and full with twists and turns of that era. And as it goes on, a friendship of sorts occurs between her and the family and the reverend, as you find out what exactly happened that day.
This is based off of true events which is backed up with Author Notes at the back and is full of the normal emotion one has with crime novels- intrigue, love, hate, twists and turns. It got me wondering, why on Earth I passed by it so many times.
Not one for the faint-hearted but one you don’t regret.
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