By Oliver Pötzsch
Germany, 1660: whilst a demise boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is termed upon to enquire even if witchcraft is at play. So starts The Hangman's Daughter--the chillingly specific, fast paced old mystery from German tv screenwriter Oliver Pötzsch, a descendant of the Kuisls, a well-known Bavarian executioner clan.
Magdalena, the shrewdpermanent and headstrong daughter of Bavarian hangman Jakob Kuisl, lives along with her father outdoor the village partitions and is destined to be married off to a different hangman’s son—except that town physician’s son is hopelessly in love along with her. And her father’s knowledge and empathy are as strange as his despised career. it truly is 1659, the Thirty Years’ conflict has ultimately ended, and there hasn’t been a witchcraft mania in many years. yet now, a drowning and gruesomely injured boy, tattooed with the mark of a witch, is pulled from a river and the villagers suspect the neighborhood midwife, Martha Stechlin.
Jakob Kuisl is charged with extracting a confession from her and torturing her until eventually he will get one. confident she is blameless, he, Magdalena, and her would-be suitor to race opposed to the clock to discover the genuine killer. drawing close Walpurgisnacht, while witches are believed to bop within the wooded area and mate with the satan, one other tattooed orphan is located useless and the city turns into frenzied. multiple individual has noticed what feels like the devil—a guy with a handcrafted in basic terms of bones. The hangman, his daughter, and the doctor’s son face a terrifying and extremely genuine enemy.
Taking us again in heritage to a spot the place autopsies have been blasphemous, espresso used to be an unique drink, dried toads have been the advised treatment for the plague, and the satan used to be as actual as something, The Hangman’s Daughter brings to cinematic lifestyles the attractions, sounds, and scents of seventeenth-century Bavaria, telling the engrossing tale of a compassionate hangman who will live to tell the tale in readers’ imaginations lengthy after they’ve placed down the novel.