The Mercies By Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Based on the shocking drowning of forty fishermen from a tiny fishing village in Norway in 1617, and exploring the aftermath on the lives of the women and children left to fend for themselves, the book grips from the opening page. Grieving and fearful, some of the women immerse themselves in religion, while others develop the skills necessary to feed themselves and their children.
When religion, culture and superstition collide, tension between the two groups mounts with devastating consequences.
Reviewed by Vivian