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The Murder Farm Paperback – December 26, 2008
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"The Murder Farm" is a fine example of how a thriller should be. I believe that goriness, as in buckets of blood and guts, is completely unnecessary. A thriller needs to have several parts that send your heart beating, and having you glance over your shoulder once or twice.
I highly enjoyed how the novel began, even though I thought I was reading a little excerpt from the author, but in reality it was part of the story...whoops. Every so often there would be a page or two with a part of a prayer asking all the saints and God to watch over the murder victims. I thought that was a unique touch that I as a reader doesn't see that much. I don't necessarily get uncomfortable when faith or God gets brought up in a novel that I am reading, but if it's thrown and shoved down my throat I will stop reading the book. However, Schenkel weaves this prayer intricately and beautifully throughout the novel. I would forget about the prayer while I was reading, and then at the perfect moment I would turn to a page with more of the prayer.
As far as the character development goes, there wasn't too much. The chapters were set up so that part of them was a character giving their account of what happened, and the other parts of the chapters was actually what happened. I loved that set up, because usually if a question arose while reading, the second part of the chapter supplied the answer. You just find out bits and pieces of each character while they give the information about the murders that they know or witnessed. This is definitely not a novel where you can form a relationship or connection with the characters.
The setting is a remote farm in Bavaria with a grumpy farmer, a pious wife, their daughter, and two grandchildren. Each interview usually gives new information about the present and sometimes information about the past. At one point, murders may have already occurred, but it is not clear when they will be discovered or when the murders occurred. As the interviews and narratives continue, careful readers begin to accumulate a list of suspects. And village gossip begins to suggest some nasty secrets about the family.
The book is short, hard to put down, and none of the suspects can be definitively ruled out until the very end.
What really caught me to this book was the title, and then the blurb. At first I was a bit thrown off when I started reading the book as I wasn't sure of the time frame completely. But once I realized that the story was taken place after World War 2, it all made sense. I have to say I enjoyed reading everyone else's account on what they saw, what they think happened and what not. The ending I was surprised being as I didn't see that person. I had a totally different person in mind on who committed the crimes.
This is a small mystery story, one that I will say stick with it. It is very short.
The Danner's are a I don't want to use the word different kind of family. But they are not normal in a way. There is some talk about incest, but not to the point to where you are like OMG what am I reading? Nothing like that. You get the story of why they keep to themselves in way. It is shameful in every way.
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The only thing that saved this book from a one star rating for me was that it was short and flowed along rather quickly. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Somhat Lanod
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Murder Farm begins with an introduction from the narrator, noting how the peaceful village he... Read more
This is a very short crime novel based on an unsolved murder case that took place in Bavaria in 1922. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Regina Niesen
I really got into this book. The writing was terrific, a suspenseful story, a bit confusing at times...or perhaps my mind wandered off...but all in all a three and a half. Read morePublished 6 months ago by E. Barrett
Synopsis: In 1922 Germany, an entire family is slaughtered in their home. Why?
My rating: 3. Read more
Here's fair warning: Do not start The Murder Farm when you've got a lot to do. This riveting novel sucks you in so swiftly and implacably that you won't get your tasks done. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Miss Ivonne
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The Murder Farm by Andrea Maria Schenkel is a real page turner. Read more
Andrea Marie Schenkel's The Murder Farm is a fictionalized portrayal of a sensational murder case. In 1922 Germany, somebody invaded the remote farm house of the Gruber family,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by imafunker2
Decent murder mystery that enjoys a terse almost simplistic style that elevates an otherwise bland approach. There is little suspense or even mystery. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Hamby