I received a review copy of Burial Rites by Hannah Kent for review from Lovereading and Picador in June.
Due for publication in the UK on the 29th August, this haunting and atmospheric novel tells the story of a woman in 19th century Iceland, sentenced to death for a brutal double murder. Sent to the far north of the country to work out her last few months on a farm, the family there are horrified to find out who she is and just what she has done. It is only after she tells them her story that they realise that not everything is quite what it appears to be…
Based on real-life events, Hannah Kent has written a really wonderful debut that I cannot praise highly enough, filled with evocative descriptions of scenery and people and liberally laced with intrigue. You can read what I (and other reviewers) thought of Burial Rites here.
Definitely one to add to your to be read lists, this one! With an unequivocal five out of five stars from me, this is one of the most stunning debuts I have ever read.
Thanks to both Lovereading and Picador for the review opportunity.