The Murder Farm

The Murder FarmThe Murder Farm by Andrea Maria Schenkel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received my copy of this book from NetGalley for review.

Bad things are happening at the Danner farm and I don’t just mean all the dead bodies. This short book dishes out spousal abuse, child abuse, incest, and lots of small town rumor. Set some time in the 1950s in a small Bavarian farming community that is now terrified that a killer is on the lose.

The tale is told from a revolving point-of-view of townsfolk and witnesses with an intermingled narrative of what was going on at the farm. I found this a little confusing, until I realized that the witnesses seem to be talking to an unvoiced interviewer. Once I understood the format, I really got into the story and couldn’t put it down.

I read, someplace, that this is a fictionalized telling of an actual murder. I did a little Google Fu and I found the 1922 unsolved murder of the Gruber family and maid in Germany. I think it is safe to confirm that this real murder is the source for this story. Schenkel does wrap up her tale with a possible reason for the murders, which I did feel a little meh about.

The Murder Farm is short but full of detail and creepy intrigue. A great time filler for a flight or an afternoon poolside.

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