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  • Interesting

    I really expected to like this book. The premise is great, inspired by real events. We are in the Norwegian coast in the 1600s. A place “untouched” by God, according to the Kirk, so why not send someone to save some souls or burn at the stakes those accused of witchcraft? How do you know if the accused is a witch? “If she floats, they will say she is a witch. They say water is pure and repels the Devil, and so those who float are witches.” Two very strong women struggling to survive, found love and solace in each other’s arms. This could have been fascinating! Unfortunately I was not drawn to the story, its era or location. I found the writing to be very dry and I think that it failed to evoke emotion. And the pace is really slow. There are some good moments, therefore my 3 stars rating, but I expected a lot more. I read lots of complaints from readers about the ending. I did not see anything wrong with that. And I would rather believe that the character just left, but if the intention was the other, is the author’s choice. I may re-read this book another time, to see if it will engage me more. But I wouldn’t mind seeing an adaptation for the screen, if done with very little changes.

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  • The Mercies

    A stark haunting tale that leaves you a gut wrenching sense of what it must have been like to live in such a time and place

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