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Donato Carrisi , Howard Curtis
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17 Jan 2013

A young girl has mysteriously disappeared in Rome. As rain lashes the ancient streets, two men, Clemente and Marcus, sit in a café near the Piazza Navona and pore over the details of the case. They are members of the ancient Penitenzeri - a unique Italian team, linked to the Vatican, and trained in the detection of true evil.

But they are not alone. Sandra - a brilliant forensics expert with a tragic past - is also working on the case. When her path crosses theirs, not only do they make headway in the case of the missing girl, but they also uncover a terrible secret world, hidden in the dark recesses of Rome. A world that is as perfect as it is evil...

A spellbinding literary thriller from the author of The Whisperer, this novel offers a window onto the hidden secrets of Rome. Beautifully capturing the atmosphere of the city, it blends a page-turning plot with fascinating historical fact.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (17 Jan 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 034900031X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349000312
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donato Carrisi was born in 1973 and studied law and criminology. He won four Italian literature prizes for his bestselling debut The Whisperer. Since 1999 he has been working as a TV screenwriter, and he lives in Rome.

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Donato Carrisi's latest offering doesn't the twists in this page-turner come thick and fast ...Throughout, there are also echoes of the bestselling author, Dan Brown, courtesy of the mysterious Penitenzieri. But Carrisi, in this reviewer's opinion, does a better job of weaving the story of an ancient organisation into a modern-day thriller (Sunday Business Post Ireland)

An atmospheric page-turner (Catholic Herald)

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The Italian Literary Thriller Sensation from the author of the bestselling, prize-winning The Whisperer

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1.0 out of 5 stars Dispirit 14 Feb 2014
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I very quickly gave up the will to live. The plot and coincidences are so unbelievable that I can't even compare it to the Da Vinci Code. My only plus for this book is for the translator!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and Riveting Read 23 April 2013
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This story surprised me, slow start, but compelling! soon enough I was pulled in and found I couldn't wait to get to the next chapter. It is a good thriller, if you like any of the CSI's or detective type books or programmes, this is right up your street. Will keep you guessing, and accusing to the end. (The Vatican could possibly be guilty of the hidden sect)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Girls of Rome 12 April 2013
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Like his previous book The Whisperer, this has you turning the pages as neck-breaking speed to learn what's happening next. There's a twist at the end of each chapter and the ending always leaves you with a real shock! One of the best thriller-writers around. Congratulations Carrisi - you've done it again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great mystery with terrific writing. 18 Jan 2014
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Thank you to the author and publisher for the copy via netgalley.

A grieving young widow, seeking answers to her husband's death, becomes entangled in an investigation steeped in the darkest mysteries of Rome.

So my good friend Storm has already reviewed this book for me (you can find her review on her page on Liz Loves Books) and that review along with a couple of other people whispering in my ear made me decide that I had to try this one for myself. And boy was THAT a good decision.

Ok its tagged as Crime and Mystery which it is - but it is also rich with perfectly drawn characters, a beautifully descriptive style and a haunting sense of place. Storm described it as a mix of Criminal Minds, CSI and Fringe which I would absolutely agree with - there are many elements in the mix here, all beautifully woven together to make a wonderful memorable and enthralling tale of mystery.

Again this author assumes the intelligence of the reader and pops us around in time and place in order to end up with an overall view - there are many twists and turns along the way and although as usual for me I had most of it sussed well before the end it was cleverly achieved and beautifully written. Some great characters to follow along with and root for adds to the overall ambience of the storytelling and all in all I thoroughly enjoyed it.

In my quest to find another writer that can beat me with a twist I don't see coming, to add to the list that so far only has Tina Seskis and Erin Kelly on it, Donato Carrisi definitely has possibilities! I'm told by a very good reading friend that "The Whisperer" may well do it. We'll see!

Happy Reading Folks!
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My second book by this author whom I really like. He builds an intriguing story and creates easy to visualize scenes set in Rome.
The story is slowly developed and arrives at an unexpected although somewhat hackneyed conclusion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 10 Nov 2013
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Very good read. Preferred the whisperer but would definitely recommend it. Arrived before the due date so would but from this seller again.
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What do you get if you cross the works of Dan Brown, with the TV shows Criminal Minds & CSI and add a dash of Fringe/X-Files....?? Well aside from me thinking all my birthdays have come at once - you get something a little like 'The Lost Girls of Rome'.

Sandra Vega is a forensics expert mourning the death of her husband...a death presumed to be a tragic accident until a phone call in the middle of the night leads her onto a path which suggests otherwise...

Marcus and Clemente are 2 Vatican priests; members of a sect that are secretly investigating a spate of abductions and murders of young girls across Rome. The latest victim disappeared only last night...trouble is, their prime suspect is in a coma... and Marcus is somewhat distracted with the small matter of suffering with amnesia...

Then there is the 'hunter', set on the seemingly impossible task of tracking down an unimaginably evasive prey...will he ever succeed or will the hunter become the hunted...?

Several sub-plots interweave in this little gem in a way that early on I thought I had pretty much sussed...and then I hadn't...and then I had...and then - well you get the idea! A good few twists and turns in this one...and with so many possibilities its pure pot luck if you figure it out before the big reveals!

This one has had mixed reviews - ok so you might not warm to some of the leads completely, and for something that is so tantalizingly drawn out through the majority, you do feel a little deflated when everything is just a little too quickly tied up, done and dusted. But on the whole, if you enjoy entertaining crime thrillers, you'll enjoy this.

I'd like to thank Mulholland Books for sending me this book to review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic Donato Carrisi novel. 10 Aug 2013
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This is another fantastic book by the Italian author Donato Carrisi. It will keep you enthralled to the last page.
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