Germany, 1659: 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 in his small Bavarian town. Whispers and dark memories of witch trials and the women burned at the stake just 70 years earlier still haunt the streets of Schongau. When more children disappear and an orphan boy is found dead - marked by the same tattoo - the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt into chaos.
Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the very woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth. With the help of his clever daughter, Magdelena, and Simon, the university-educated son of the town’s physician, Jakob discovers that a devil is indeed loose in Schongau. But it may be too late to prevent bloodshed.
©2011 Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translation) (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
so glad I followed through, everything about this book was awesome. I'm usually not terribly into murder/suspense/mystery but this one had me by the gut from chapter one.
is the story good? I really tried, but couldn't take the narration.
the story seems to take place in late medieval germany, but the narration is flat middle american. The translation seems a bit awkward as well.
This book was written ok and the narrator did an ok job. I do not feel that I wasted a credit on this book, however, was disappointed with it. The end seemed abrupt, this just wasn't my style.
A life long East Tennessean, lover of the Volunteers, daily at war with The Creature and helping others learn to fight it as well.
As the news blares the superstition of one group or the other, finding demons in any opinion that manages to reach out of the din, The Hangman's Daughter takes on an eerie tone of more truth than one finds comfortable. The suspense of the story's plot is stoked by the potential destruction that accompanies ignorance and superstition. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
I enjoyed the book, though I feel that the title is not adequate for the story line. The story held my interest and I will read more from this author.
I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
Yes. Although the story was good, it was not particularly interesting to me. I probably would not have finished the book in print version. The narrator made it more interesting.
The memorable moments were actually the unpleasant scenes. There were torture scenes that were unpleasant and hard to forget.
He has a nice voice and is pleasant to listen to while doing chores and commuting.
The torture scenes were unpleasant however, I occasionally like to be reminded of all the evil in the world. That said, the book did a good job reminding me that evil people lived, still live and will always live. All of us must do our part to combat evil and protect the victims.
As a Christian woman, this book was not pleasant to listen to, but I am glad for the reminders on how wicked some people are right among us. We must all do our part to make this world a better place. Good does triumph in the end!. Praise God!
It was an usual premise for a story.
It was a great story until it got 2/3 of the way through. Then it seemed like the author didn't know where he was going with it and quickly wrapped it up.
Most of the scenes were bleak. Torturing the poor mid-wife was cringe-worthy even though the hangman tried to spare her.
My reaction was disappointment in the way it wrapped up.
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