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uiver Author Holly Luhning Read ✓ 8 Ster murdered a fourteen year old girl in homage to Bthory He cultivates his criminal celebrity and Danica struggles to maintain a professional demeanor with the charismatic Foster as she begins to suspect that his activities may be linked to a cabal that idolizes the countessDanica’s life in London becomes increasingly complicated when Maria a glamorous friend from Danica’s past arrives to do archival work in the city She claims Oddly enough uiver makes two books in a row that mention Elizabeth Bathory Or as she s known in her native Hungarian and in Holly Luhning s book Erzs bet B thoryBathory for those who haven t heard of her is a 16th century countess who is infamous for having tortured and killed hundreds of girls before she was arrested and bricked up in her castle where she later died uiver is the story of a young woman who is fascinated really you could say obsessed with Bathory Danica is completing the last of her training as a clinical psychologist a field she entered because of her interest in psychotics She s managed to get herself a job a mental hospital in England where she s assigned to work with a convicted murderer who claims to have killed his victim for Bathory Danica s work there attracts the attention of an old acuaintance Maria who tempts Danica with what she says are pages from Bathory s diary What Maria really wants is a complicated uestion and it s one that Danica will have no choice but to answerI was than a little put off by Danica s interest in Bathory The story doesn t work unless she s borderline obsessed but it s still disconcerting how little the extent of the countess cruelty and monstrosity bother her She blames her interest on a supremely safe childhood Technically I was fixated she says later For sure When she reads scenes Maria sends her from Bathory s diary scenes of unbelievable torture total dismissal of the value of countless human lives her reaction borders on aroused And yes there is a subtext of sexual tension between Danica and Maria who resembles the countess in many waysWithout those diary scenes this book would fall in line with the characters it describes glorifying a woman who destroyed hundreds of lives and families simply because she could With them the reader is kept from buying into the warped adoration of Danica or so Maria After I finished uiver one of my first reactions was that no one would think of Bathory as Danica Maria and others in the book do When I headed online to research some of the details of her story however I was shocked to find multiple sites whose authors defend her without denying her crimes How sadThis isn t a book I ll be rushing to re read despite solid writing and editing It certainly isn t uplifting and the main character is both frustratingly obtuse and difficult to root for If you enjoy horror and are a fan of movies such as Hostel or the Saw series which I am not you ll enjoy this book than I did

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uiver Author Holly Luhning Read ✓ 8 In sixteenth century Hungary Countess Elizabeth Bthory tortured and killed over six hundred servant girls in order to bathe in their blood; she believed this brutal ritual would preserve her youth and beauty Danica a young forensic psychologist is drawn to Bthory’s legend She has moved from Canada to England to work at Stowmoor a Victorian insane asylum turned modern day forensic hospital One of her patients the notorious Martin Fo I don t know what I expected when picking up a book that so heavily features Elizabeth Bathory but this was gorier than I was prepared for The other aspect is the toxic friendship with sexual tension between Maria and Danica which I always find simultaneously engrossing and unpleasant

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uiver Author Holly Luhning Read ✓ 8 To have discovered Bthory’s long lost diaries and she slowly reveals to Danica the horrific yet fascinating passages As Danica’s career and her relationship with her artist boyfriend Henry falters Maria lures her into a complex social sphere Unsure of whom to trust as her professional and personal lives become dangerously entwined Danica must decide what she is willing to risk to satisfy her attraction to Bthory’s ominous lege 25 stars I had this on my Kindle for about a year have decided in 2013 to get some of the lingerers read done The best thing I can say is that my task was completed I finished reading this book It was well written but a true slog Dani annoyed me for much of the story because I was able to see that Maria was a serious problem not a very nice person but Dani was pulled in dismissed just about everything because she believed Maria s story about Bathory s diary It just reached a point with the chaos ensuing that I no longer cared about Dani her obsession Foster was uite interesting but even that bit of the story unravelled for me The excerpts of the diary were fairly harrowing but they didn t really anchor anything else going on with the story to feel to me as anything but a macabre sideshow I lost the will to gawk long before Dani so it was a bit wasted on me The epic finaleshowdown fell a bit flat because of course that was going to be the outcome the reader figured it out hundreds of pages earlier That said Dani does have growth as a character by story s end so that s better than nothing

  • Paperback
  • 304
  • uiver Author Holly Luhning
  • Holly Luhning
  • English
  • 16 September 2020
  • 9781554686964