“They will see the whore, the madwoman, the murderess, the female dripping blood into the grass and laughing with her mouth choked with dirt. They will say “Agnes” and see the spider, the witch caught in the webbing of her own fateful weaving. They might see the lamb circled by ravens, bleating for a lost mother. But they will not see me. I will not be there.”
Based on the true story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last person to be executed in Iceland in 1830, the novel "recreates" her final months in custody. Charged for the murder of two men - one was her former master and lover - alongside Fridrik Sigurdsson and Sigridur Gudmundsdóttir, she is sent to a farm to await her execution. The family, who is paid to house her, are very wary of living with a murderess under the same roof but as time passes they start seeing her for what she truly is and not what everyone claims.
Holy Moly! I absolutely loved it! The writing, the characters, the Icelandic landscape, the mystery, the agony... Go get it! Seriously. Go!
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