Title: The Mercies
Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Pages: 345 Pages
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Winter, 1617. The sea around the remote Norwegian island of Vardø is thrown into a reckless storm. A young woman, Maren, watches as the men of the island, out fishing, perish in an instant. Vardø is now a place of women.
Eighteen months later, a sinister figure arrives. Summoned from Scotland to take control of a place at the edge of the civilized world, Absalom Cornet knows what he needs to do to bring the women of the island to heel. With him travels his young wife, Ursa. In her new home, and in Maren, Ursa finds something she has never seen before: independent women. But Absalom sees only a place flooded with a terrible evil, one he must root out at all costs . . .
I have heard nothing but great things about The Mercies. Everyone I spoke to who had read it recommended it to me. It came with a lot of expectations that for me weren’t met.
This is not a slight against Kiran Millwood Hargrave. The premise of The Mercies makes it sound like it is my kind of book – an LGBT historical fiction with a feminist slant and persecution due to the belief in witches but I just didn’t gel with the story. It seems I am in the minority among my friends so this may have been a case of right book wrong time but at this point it wasn’t for me.
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