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The Countess by Rebecca Johns
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Jun 14, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read from June 12 to 13, 2011

I enjoyed this quite a bit. The Countess is the story of Hungarian woman who is accused of being a serial killer/witch. It's primarily told in the past tense -- she has been imprisoned, and is writing her life story down for her son. I found it fascinating, but one thing that bothered me a little was that we only get the story through her own perspective. There's nothing to really explain why people are supposedly so afraid of her and think she's a witch, rather than just a regular murderer. Most of the story is just about her life, and it's only at the very end that we start to see why she's been accused of these crimes. This was definitely one of those times where I felt like the jacket copy really played up an aspect of the book that wasn't central to the story.

In any case, this was a really fast read, and I liked the characters. I have a copy of this and if you're local & want it, let me know.
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