Publication date: December 7, 2010
Pages: 448 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆☆
Sweet Spark: After finding out this was the first in a series, I can definitely see how cool it would be to follow this life and these characters more.
This was literally the oldest book I had on my kindle. I've been following along and trying to get my free Amazon First Reads every month, but my to-be-read schedule is usually busy with books I've agreed to review! I can only assume this was an Amazon First Reads, way back when....
While it was a bit of a slow start, I really enjoyed this story about the hangman and those in his life and village in the 1700s. Although the hangman's daughter was not really the most central character, I can only imagine that she is someone who returns in subsequent stories.
When a child is found beaten in the river and dies soon afterward, the community leaders are eager to place blame. The local midwife is quickly accused of witchcraft. The hangman and the doctor's radical son are certain there's another culprit, but they have to walk a fine line between trying to legitimately solve the crime, and still appear to be doing their job to bring about a conviction (and hanging) ASAP.
I enjoyed this book and gave it 4 out of 5 stars. It was an interesting presentation of a time period I'm not familiar with, and it left me wanting to know more.