Title: The Countess
Author: Rebecca Johns
Publication Date: October 12th, 2010
Length: 284 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
The Countess tells the story of Erzsebet Bathory, a woman from a Hungarian noble family, who is often called Countess Dracula because of all the lives of young women she is said to have taken.
The book shows Erzsebet’s life from nine years of age to fifty-four. At first, you can only see small glimpses of her ruthless character. Of course, since she is the one to tell the story she isn’t quite a reliable character and tries to manipulate us into thinking her as a peaceful and innocent women doing what she thinks is the right thing to do. Page after page, as we read through lines we see her transformation.
I think, based on the book, that a part of her cruel character is a cause of the disappointment she experienced from all the men in her life, who always left her for other younger women. This may have led her to show that accumulated anger to people who didn’t deserve it or had anything to do with it directly. OR it was just an excuse she made up to hide the real reasons behind why people always “betrayed” her. Maybe they saw through her mask or maybe they were the reason for all she did? We’ll never know.