Burial Rites


How did I get it?:
I bought it!


Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?


I had this book pre-ordered for quite some time now as it is part of the Waterstones 11 for this year. 11 books which are highly anticipated from debut authors. I can certainly see why Burial Rites made this list and why so many bloggers are raving about it. It’s certainly one of my favourites so far, and the only reason why I haven’t given it five stars, is because it took me a while to get invested in it.

This book is about Agnes Magnussdottir who is sentenced to death for her part in killing two men in Iceland in 1828. Agnes is sent to live out the days she has left with a family of a government official. Burial Rites tells the story of her final months of her life.

Burial Rites is such a well written book. It took me a few chapters to really get into it, but when I did I really couldn’t put it down. I loved Hannah Kent’s storytelling. She really captured the period beautifully, making the reader feel really involved in the life of the characters.

I’m a big fan of historical fiction, and I think if you also enjoy the genre then Burial Rites is certainly a book you should pick up. Hannah Kent’s writing is superb. It’s interesting to know that this story is based around real life people and events.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
This Song Will Save Your Life- Leila Sales.

9 thoughts on “Burial Rites

  1. I don’t often read historical fiction, but I’ve had this one on my radar for a while now. I’ll definitely check it out for sure!

    And I CANNOT wait to see what you think of TSWSYL! I want to read that one so badly and all I hear is good things about it.

Comments make me smile and I love to reply to them! Thanks for visiting today!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.