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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034900031X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349000312
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,726 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 disappoint...as 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Damo Green on 19 April 2014
Format: Paperback
Why did I hate this? Lots of reasons:

The writing is infantile - at times it's as if every third sentence requires an exclamation mark.
The plot is nonsense. There is always some allowance of coincidences for plot development but this stretches to infinity and beyond the amount of coincidences we are supposed to accept and obvious questions we aren't supposed to ask.
The central premise of the "guilty party" (no spoilers) is ludicrous - it allows the author to explain away anything.
There is no warmth to any of the characters - I didn't care about any of them.
For a book with Rome in its title there was no sense of that beautiful city (apart from the odd placename thrown in) - it could have been set anywhere.

In summary - if you want a well written mystery with a decent plot - AVOID DONATO CARRISI!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lindseyb on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Dempsey on 7 Jan. 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dorothy on 14 Jun. 2013
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meandering, confusing,not a good translation.did not live up to previous book "the Whisperer".Lets hope he gets back on track with next book.
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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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By Karen Wittenburg on 25 Feb. 2013
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I found this book totally engaging and very well written. The story remained fast paced and kept me guessing right till the end. I would definately recommend this book.
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i woud recomend Donato Carrisi have read all his books that have been published in English. impossable to put down his intelligent and believable characters are painted in a unique way.
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By bernard on 14 Aug. 2014
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This is a clever book, but confusing. Too many characters are introduced too quickly and there are too many coincidences in the plot to be credible. The end does not satisfy and I am still not sure who the main character (Marcus) was and what finally happened to him.
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