Hannah Kent won the 2011 Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award for her manuscript, Burial Rites, and is currently mentored by Geraldine Brooks. She is the co-founder and deputy editor of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings, and teaches Creative Writing and English at Flinders University, where she is also completing her PhD.
This book was getting a lot of great reviews. Combined with a murder mystery and the very interesting and fresh setting I decided to pick up this book.
It was difficult for me to get into the story. All the Icelandic names for areas and farms and spots took a long time to get a spot on my head. Still the description about the way of living was so interesting I kept reading. The development in Agnes was done great. First you get the idea she is a bad person but in the story she develops and you easily start to feel for her still I am not sure if it made her more likable or not. What did surprise me trough the whole book was the cold and distant behavior between all the people.
Author: Hannah Kent
Picador: various formats