A review by leahsbooks
The Slaughterman's Daughter, by Yaniv Iczkovits

adventurous funny slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


This audiobook was a serious challenge to get through - it was just shy of 18 hours long! But it was worth the time invested. The story kept me invested for the entire time, although some of it could have been cut down a bit. 

Hearing about exactly how difficult life was for Jewish people in the Russian Empire around the turn of the century was interesting, but also a painful subject since my ancestors hail from that region. But the more interesting part of the story was going along for the ride with Fanny as she tears across the area, searching for her sister's missing husband, collecting strange allies while on the run after committing murder. I was firmly on Fanny's side in this, rooting for the underdog to overcome the almost amusingly incompetent law enforcement officials.

The situations were hilarious, and I loved the way the author wrote. He combined beautiful descriptions, picturesque metaphors, humor, and well-rendered characters to create an epic tale that felt like a huge accomplishment when I finally finished it. 

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