Books from the Backlog #116

Posted June 11, 2020 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 15 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.
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This week’s neglected book

The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch

Series: A Hangman’s Daughter Tale #!
Publication Date: December 7, 2010
Publisher: Amazon Crossing

Magdalena, the clever
and headstrong daughter of Bavarian hangman Jakob Kuisl, lives with her
father outside the village walls and is destined to be married off to
another hangman’s son—except that the town physician’s son is hopelessly
in love with her. And her father’s wisdom and empathy are as unusual as
his despised profession. It is 1659, the Thirty Years’ War has finally
ended, and there hasn’t been a witchcraft mania in decades. But now, a
drowning and gruesomely injured boy, tattooed with the mark of a witch,
is pulled from a river and the villagers suspect the local midwife,
Martha Stechlin.

Jakob Kuisl is charged with extracting a
confession from her and torturing her until he gets one. Convinced she
is innocent, he, Magdalena, and her would-be suitor race against the
clock to find the true killer. Approaching Walpurgisnacht, when witches
are believed to dance in the forest and mate with the devil, another
tattooed orphan is found dead and the town becomes frenzied. More than
one person has spotted what looks like the devil—a man with a hand made
only of bones. The hangman, his daughter, and the doctor’s son face a
terrifying and very real enemy.

Why did I add The Hangman’s Daughter to my bookshelf?

This was one of the first books that I purchased for my Kindle back in December 2010 and it remains unread.  I have bought the first four books in the series so I am really hoping that I do like it once I actually start reading it.  Some of my Goodreads friends gave it 5 stars and others only gave it 1 star so it really could go either way.  I do still think that it sounds interesting so there is hope!

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?

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15 responses to “Books from the Backlog #116

  1. I learned my lesson about buying all the books before reading the first one. I think it seals the fate for the book to remain unread. The setting is interesting, and the book seems to have pretty ratings. I guess you have to decide if you want to commit to a series

  2. I used to have a habit of buying many books in series before ever reading the first book. And have been burned. Womp, womp. Now I only do that if it’s a favorite author that I already know I love. 🙂

  3. I think I have this one on my TBR shelf too. I remember when it first came out how much I wanted to read it. I hope you enjoy it hwne you read it!

  4. I've heard of it but not read it. I really hope you like it since you have the beginning of the series.

    Anne – Books of My Heart

  5. I don't think I own this but I know it's on my TBR. My Kindle is just a black hole for books that aren't off NetGalley. I know there's a ton of books on there but I doubt I could name even one!

  6. That cover is too pretty but I've never heard of this one. I have too much Kindle ebooks because I ended up grabbing too many of the free books then and recently some Kindle Deals.