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The Countess: A Novel of Elizabeth Bathory

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

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    insanity at it's best

    though set in the 16th century, you don't have to be fan of the period piece to enjoy this one. however, a strong constitution for depravity is required. though not nearly as gory as some of the reviews claim it to be, this is still no read for the timid. to witness a woman engulfed in greed and paranoia, slowly and maniacally destroy herself, is heartbreaking. to BE that woman for 302 pages is just plain frightening. i wasn't expecting to be fond of a woman labeled "the most prolific serial killer in history", but i did go in with an open mind. definitely not an account portraying her innocence, Johns still writes a narrative that invites you to judge Bathory. i myself, being raised by a strict russian grandmother, found myself defending her for more than 3/4 of the book! but those last chapters will convince you that perspective is everything. read it. you'll see what i mean.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2010

    You will not put this down!

    I passed over this book a few times because I judged a book by it's cover. I was expecting it to be a vampire in the current trend. Not at all! It tells the sumptuous yet gruesome tale of the Countess Bathory, a women who legends tell bathed in the blood of young maids to retain her youth and is consider to be the most prolific female serial killer of all time. Is she a victim of a political smear campaign or is there something truly horrifying behind the beautiful face? The pace is perfect, the characters come alive and you'll be left wanting more.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    Historical fiction readers, you must reawd this book!!

    I just loved this book. The fact that it was written in Erzsebet Bathory's perspective was what drew me to it in the first place. The events, locations and people just sprang to life because of Rebecca's wonderfully descriptive writing. More dark and eerie, it was at times light and airy, keeping me guessing what was to come.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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