The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave | Review

I received two copies of this book as I was a part of the read along tour for Tandem Collective so thank you to them & Picador for sending me the books and other goodies!

This is my lowest rating of the year so far, don’t get me wrong, I did end up enjoying some parts of this and it wasn’t a bad book overall I managed to read through this book quite quickly as it was on easy read but I just don’t think Kiran’s books are quite for me, THOUGH, saying that, I will be reading The Deathless Girls at some point but if I find I can’t quite get on with that then I know she’s not really for me.

I think the reason I don’t get on with her books so well is because of the way it’s written, it’s not my type of writing style. Even though I love stories that are within Norway, that may be the only thing that I was interested in.

Finnmark, Norway, 1617. Twenty-year-old Maren Magnusdatter stands on the craggy coast, watching the sea break into a sudden and reckless storm. Forty fishermen, including her brother and father, are drowned and left broken on the rocks below. With the menfolk wiped out, the women of the tiny Arctic town of Vardø must fend for themselves.

Three years later, a sinister figure arrives. Absalom Cornet comes from Scotland, where he burned witches in the northern isles. He brings with him his young Norwegian wife, Ursa, who is both heady with her husband’s authority and terrified by it. In Vardø, and in Maren, Ursa sees something she has never seen before: independent women. But Absalom sees only a place untouched by God, and flooded with a mighty evil.

As Maren and Ursa are drawn to one another in ways that surprise them both, the island begins to close in on them, with Absalom’s iron rule threatening Vardø’s very existence.

Inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm and the 1621 witch trials, The Mercies is a story of love, evil, and obsession, set at the edge of civilization.

I really loved Maren and Ursa’s scenes together, it was sweet and I enjoyed seeing them come together however I was extremely disappointed by the ending, it seemed so incredibly rushed and straight to the point, I couldn’t understand why the author rushed it so much when there’s this long story about the two separate characters and their struggles in daily life and the ending was done within like 5 pages..

I mean it is left open so that Kiran Millwood Hargrave could write a second book if she wanted to as there were a few things that were just abruptly ended even so, I don’t think I’d be too bothered either way.

Have you read this one yet? What did you think of it?

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