From the bestselling author of the multi-award-winning Burial Rites
County Kerry, Ireland, 1825.
The fires on the hills smouldered orange as the women left, pockets charged with ashes to guard them from the night. Watching them fade into the grey fall of snow, Nance thought she could hear Maggie’s voice. A whisper in the dark.
“Some folk are born different, Nance. They are born on the outside of things, with a skin a little thinner, eyes a little keener to what goes unnoticed by most. Their hearts swallow more blood than ordinary hearts; the river runs differently for them.”
Nóra Leahy has lost her daughter and her husband in the same year, and is now burdened with the care of her four-year-old grandson, Micheál. The boy cannot walk, or speak, and Nora, mistrustful of the tongues of gossips, has kept the child hidden from those who might see in his deformity evidence of otherworldly interference.
Unable to care for the child alone, Nóra hires a fourteen-year-old servant girl, Mary, who soon hears the whispers in the valley about the blasted creature causing grief to fall upon the widow’s house.
Alone, hedged in by rumour, Mary and her mistress seek out the only person in the valley who might be able to help Micheál. For although her neighbours are wary of her, it is said that old Nance Roche has the knowledge. That she consorts with Them, the Good People. And that only she can return those whom they have taken.
It has taken me a a couple of days to gather my thoughts on this book. It gave me a lot to get my head around and to understand . I first came across Hannah Kent about a year ago when I read Burial Rites which I loved, so I was really delighted to be approved by the publisher to review this novel.
The Good People I found was beautifully written very atmospheric and bewitching. I loved the elements of folklore fairytale and superstition woven into the narrative. I understand the book came about (or the seed was sown) while Hannah Ken was researching the novel ‘Burial rights’ an article was found concerning a woman accused of a nasty crime, with an astonishing defence trial.
The Pacing of this book was slightly slow at times but it gave you time to absorb what was happening
I cannot wait for Kent’s next book.
A Bewitching Read
4 out of 5 stars