The Hangman’s Daughter
By Oliver Potzsch
I really love to read a book that takes me to a time and place that I know very little about, and the 17th century is one of those times. The simple fact that a person could legally become the town hangman is quite fascinating.
The Hangman’s Daughter could have easily just been called, The Hangman. The daughter didn’t play an extremely valuable part in the story except for the fact that if it wasn’t for her Jakob and Simon very likely wouldn’t have become detective partners, and for the fact that she was really great character.
At times the story was simply unbelievable… did humans really think this way? At other times I felt frustrated that they couldn’t be more successful in disarming the gossip. But ultimately I really enjoyed the story. I have since learned this is the first in a series but I haven’t felt very compelled to continue on with the characters, all my questions have been answered. She wasn’t a witch! (I hope that didn’t ruin it for you.)
Historical Value- 4
Emotional Value- 4
Personal Character Value- 3
Age recommendation- 16+
“And all because of a mistaken concept of compassion!” ― Oliver Pötzsch
“If you want to know who is responsible for anything, ask who benefits from it.” ― Oliver Pötzsch
“A rumor is like smoke. It will spread, it will seep through closed doors and latched shutters, and in the end the whole town will smell of it.” ― Oliver Pötzsch
“The hangman, a friend of humanity--who would have thought it?” ― Oliver Pötzsch
“That morning, when Simon, at the end of a long night, had climbed out of the tunnels, he had believed that nothing could ever be the same as it had been before. But he had been wrong. Life was going on, at least for a little while longer.” ― Oliver Pötzsch
“His love for this girl was so strong now, at this moment, that he would readily give up everything for her.” ― Oliver Pötzsch
“There seemed to be some inner need in many people to believe that the world would end in some cataclysmic event. Usually in the very near future.” ― Oliver Pötzsch