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.
"The Hangman's Daughter"---just the title drew me in, promising a story of murder and intrigue, surrounding or at least involving the title character. Well, there's murder, but none of it is intriguing, and none of it really has anything to do with the title that drew me in. There's a Hangman. He has a daughter, but she doesn't do much besides look pretty and occasionally say something that will make the real main characters jump to a conclusion about the rote mystery they are investigating. I found it hard to care what any of the thin characters were doing at any given moment, least of all her. The mystery isn't so much a mystery as layers of convolution to drag out the lax narrative. I will say the narrator's performance was pretty good, but when what he's reading is such a waste of time, who cares?
I love historical fiction, and especially enjoyed that it is the author's ancestors. The narration & pronunciation of people's names was interesting. So were the characters and social rankings of the times. It was descriptive that I could picture the story happening as I listened to it.
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.
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