Agnes Magnúsdóttir is a real-life convicted murderess sentenced to death by beheading, and this is her fictionalized story.
A friend recommended Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, so I added it to my To Be Read list immediately. Because we need to get the bad stuff out of the way to get to the good stuff, here it is. I struggled with the setting. An isolated farm in Iceland during the early 1800s is just not on the list of places I want to visit before I die. I also had a hard time reconciling the book’s stark scenery and brutal images with all the sand and surf and sea in my life these days.
The story is fantastic though. It really is. Part mystery, part study in humanity. And the lyrical writing is drop-dead gorgeous.
So read it. Just wait for a cold winter weekend when you’re craving a dark and beautiful tale.
Best paired with an Icelandic Vodka Bloody Mary.