The countess : a novel /

1611 Hungary. Countess Erzsébet Báthory (aka the Blood Countess), being walled into a castle tower as punishment for the murder of dozens of women and girls, begins writing her life story as an exposé of the many betrayals that have brought about this--as she sees it--outrageous and unjust impris...

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Main Author: Johns, Rebecca, 1971-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : Crown Publishers, c2010.
Edition:1st ed.
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Johns's creepily enticing second novel (after Icebergs) travels to 1611 Hungary as Countess Erzsebet Bathory-aka the Blood Countess-is being walled into a castle tower as punishment for the murder of dozens of women and girls. She begins writing her life story as an expose of the many betrayals that have brought about this-as she sees it-outrageous and unjust imprisonment. The steady, calm tone of Erzsebet's narration lulls the reader along so that the first hints of madness in her girlhood engender doubt and discomfort rather than horror, and as her lack of remorse and grandiose sense of entitlement are unveiled, a matter-of-fact self-portrait of a murderer emerges. This is a carefully researched story, gothic in tone and grimly atmospheric, with subtly handled psychology and an initially unassuming tone. Unlike most serial killer stories, this rewards patience and close reading. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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