Friday, May 9, 2014

Book Club Friday: The Hangman's Daughter

Last week I started the Summer 2014 Book Challenge, hosted by Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life! Inspired by my reading list, I immediately started my first book, The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch.


From Amazon: Germany, 1660: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play. So begins The Hangman's Daughter--the chillingly detailed, fast-paced historical thriller from German television screenwriter, Oliver Pötzsch--a descendent of the Kuisls, a famous Bavarian executioner clan.

I absolutely loved this book. It was quite the page-turner! Honestly, the plot was even more intriguing than the description implies. The town's hangman Jakob works together with the town's young physician Simon to find the murderer. 

The story alternates third-person POV between Jakob, Simon, the town clerk, the unknown murderer, the man who hired him, and a few other characters. 

I was able to figure out the identity of the man who hired the killer before it was confirmed in the book, but not until a few chapters before the reveal. I like a mystery that drops multiple clues. I suspected a few different characters at first, but eventually the clues came together. 

I almost wish I weren't doing the reading challenge so I could immediately start the sequels, but I'm still excited about branching out and trying new books!

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  1. I stopped reading your review after you said that you loved it because it's on my list as well. I'm extra excited know that you give it a thumbs up! x

    1. Haha, I try to keep my reviews spoiler-free, but that was probably a good plan.

      Also, I love that you're in a different time zone, so when I schedule my posts in advance, I wake up to a new comment from you!

  2. I really enjoyed this novel and I've just been reading so many other things that I haven't had a chance to hit the sequels yet! Glad you enjoyed it, also!

  3. I'd be so interested in reading this. Thanks for the recommendation!


  4. Stopping by via the challenge on a quest to find something for the "book someone else has read" category. This sounds really good, and I live in Germany so it seems setting. I'll definitely consider it... and if I don't read it for the challenge, it's going on my to-read list anyway!



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