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Dave Eggers
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Liane Moriarty
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Burial Rites - Hannah Kent

Iceland is not just the setting for this book, but seems like an additional character.  The author creates such a realistic portrait of life in early nineteenth century Iceland, and the character of Agnes.  I kept hoping that the story would turn out well, but we knew the outcome from the very beginning.  This felt like a murder mystery, but we already knew who had done it, but not why or how it happened until the very end.  i would highly recommend this book.


This started a little slow for me, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down. This novel, based on the true story of the last person executed for murder in Island in 1829 for the murder of her employer and lover. Agnes Magnúsdøttir is sent to live with a local family until her execution and becomes a part of the family. The descriptions of the landscape and life of Iceland made me want to go and visit and Iceland almost becomes another character in the story.