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In the early 1600s, Elizabeth Báthory, the infamous Blood Countess, ruled Čachtice Castle in the hinterlands of Slovakia. During bizarre nightly rites, she tortured and killed the young women she had taken on as servants. A devil, a demon, the terror of Royal Hungary — she bathed in their blood to preserve her own youth. 400 years later, echoes of the Countess’s legendary brutality reach Aspen, Colorado. Betsy Path, a psychoanalyst of uncommon intuition, has a breakthrough with sullen teenager Daisy Hart. Together, they are haunted by the past, as they struggle to understand its imprint upon the present. Betsy and her troubled but perceptive patient learn the truth: The curse of the House of Bathory lives still and has the power to do evil even now.

The story, brimming with palace intrigue, memorable characters intimately realized, and a wealth of evocative detail, travels back and forth between the familiar, modern world and a seventeenth-century Eastern Europe brought startlingly to life.

©2013 Linda Lafferty (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • C. Clement
  • 06-02-2017

Boring!

What was most disappointing about Linda Lafferty’s story?

The story was overly long and dull. The subject matter could have been really interesting and creepy but it was just badly written and clunky.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator came across as rather stilted and at times sounded half asleep. Some of the accents were pretty shocking too.

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  • Mr
  • 15-05-2016

Something to get your teeth into!

I really liked the three different narratives across history and Slovakia / USA. This beautifully establishes the creepy Bathory dynasty and Lafferty plays with our expectations by cutting from one to another. It was a little over long but I enjoyed the vampiric plot!

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  • v.jeffs
  • 31-01-2014

Not Enjoyable

I was disappointed with this read.
I did not enjoy it at all and even though I tried I could not get into it.
It was not my usual type of book to read but as the story was based on fact though it would be good but I was wrong.
I'm sure there will be many people who will find it an excellent read but not me.

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