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Angel Makers by Jessica Gregson
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Aug 08, 2011

really liked it

A really engrossing narrative, I couldn't put this book down. This is essentially the story of the women of an isolated Hungarian village around the time of the First World War, and the effect that the war, and the arrival of an Italian POW camp, has on their way of life. The story centres on Sari, an outcast from the village because of her reputation as a witch, until the outbreak of war when her medical skills become needed and respected. However, following the end of the war, her medical skills take on sinister overtones.

Based on a true story, there is an element of the unbelievable about the systematic and undetected poisoning of the men-folk of the village on their return from the war unless the reader can understand the isolation of this village from the rest of the world. Can this remain undetected?

Sari is an interesting heroine, ultimately she is the provider of poison for an entire village, and although throughout the first half of the book the reader can identify with her as refusing to be a victim, the line becomes blurry as the story progresses. Sari herself admits in the prologue that she always had a choice.

In some parts an uncomfortable read, a thought-provoking novel.

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