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The Whisperer [Kindle Edition]

Donato Carrisi
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Six buried arms. Six missing girls. A team led by Captain Roche and internationally renowned criminologist Goran Gavila are on the trail of a serial killer whose ferocity seems to have no limits. And he seems to be taunting them, leading them to discover each small corpse in turn; but the clues on the bodies point to several different killers. Roche and Gavila bring in Mila Vasquez, a specialist in cases involving children, and Mila discovers that the real killer is one who has never lifted a finger against the girls - but merely psychologically instructs others to do his work: a 'subliminal killer' - the hardest to catch…

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Gruesome and gripping...a taut psychological thriller (The Times)

More than delivers on its ghoulish might not want to read this alone in the house (Time Out)

Gripping, multi-layered and difficult to put down, this is a top class literary thriller (Choice)

A gripping read...I defy anyone to guess the denouement (Guardian)


Gruesome and gripping...a taut psychological thriller The Times More than delivers on its ghoulish might not want to read this alone in the house Time Out Gripping, multi-layered and difficult to put down, this is a top class literary thriller Choice A gripping read...I defy anyone to guess the denouement Guardian

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1027 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316194727
  • Publisher: Sphere (3 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,822 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Whisperer 21 Feb. 2011
I'm a bit ambivalent about this book. It started off so well, gripping me from the first page but about halfway through it started to pall. One of the problems for me is that I got no sense of place from the book. Presumably it's set in Italy but throughout there was nothing to suggest this. If you think about many crime writers they produce novels which are firmly set in their culture. Edinburgh looms large in the works of Rankin, Rome in the Zen series but this seems to be set in a bland no man's land. But what of the plot? Again, it started off well. Six severed left arms being found and linked to the disappearance of five little girls and then the realisation that the sixth child was still alive and the feverish hunt to find her. An expert in finding missing children is brought in to help the police team and there are the usual stand offs between the newcomer and the established team. As I said earlier it was page turning for about 200 pages but unfortunately it's over 400 pages long so that leaves quite a lot of space for disillusion to set in. The plot rambles off on diversions which go nowhere, there are too many characters and it becomes very complicated. The denouement produces a gruesome twist which I didn't see coming (which is quite unusual these days) and I think that if you like crime fiction to be a bit over the top then you will enjoy it. If you prefer more understated writing though with plausible plots then this probably isn't for you. On the whole I quite liked it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming Soon To A Playstation Near You 30 Jan. 2011
By davidT
It's not uncommon when reading a thriller to get a feeling that it's been written to be filmed - clues are a big car chase leading up to the climax, and the hero(ine) wandering round a dark, empty building at night with no idea what else is hiding in the darkness.
This, though is the first book I've read which felt more like a literary version of a computer game, and I've been trying to work out why.
One reason I think is the non-specific locale. It's definitely not the author's Italy, but not quite America either, so the impression is of a world not quite as we know it. (That might be a useful device for an author come to think of it - at least you don't need to worry about the anoraks writing to you to point out that a deputy in West Virginia isn't entitled to enter a deserted property without previously doing A, B or C).
Add to that the jump to different gothic locations, among them the huge, deserted orphanage and the vast mansion with a dying owner kept secluded from the world. Each of these seems to exist in isolation, as if we're moving from one stage to another, almost entirely separate, one.
Similarly with the villains - without giving too much away, various murders are solved along the way, done and dusted and put behind the team, but none of them is the big one, which remains unresolved up to (and possibly beyond) the big Game Over.
That all said and analysed, it must be admitted that on its own terms this is a terrific book. It's as if the author worked out what readers of this sort of book want, and resolved to give it them in spades. You want a serial killer? How about a series of serial killers? A mole in the investigating team? Yep, let's have two or three of those. A twist in the tail? No problem; plus a couple before that as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars to counterbalance all the negative reviews 15 April 2012
I just finished the book, and I came here to check what others thought of it, and frankly cannot believe all the negative comments. It is true, that the topic is very gory. It starts with the kidnapping and murder of 6 children. Having children myself, I hesitated whether to read on, and I am happy I finished the book. Firstly, as an avid crime reader, it was nice to get insight into some of the forensic work, which is very well detailed. The team is made up of different characters, they are not introduced in depth like Wallander or Blomquist, but they have a good team dynamics. The story is very fast paced, and it didn't bother me, that it is set in a universal place, which could be the US, Italy, Germany or anywhere else.

It basically has a triple plot-line running in paralell, and there is the denoument at the end which is true is not fully satisfying, but then again, life is not always about a happy ending. It is quite complicated, but as a first novel I congratulate the author for writing a clever book, and if you have some patience and imagination, you will enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ...Careless whisper(er) 16 April 2011
This plot sounded right up my street, a race against time to prevent a serial killer striking again, and the characters surely had potential a rebellious male criminologist and an attractive female cop definite possibilities there,and what about the setting? Oops the author forgot that bit.
I can only re-iterate what earlier reviewers have written.The lack of setting, and the confusing mix of names, some obviously Italian others bizarrely American sounding (Priscilla, Debby?) fail to create that sense of time and place which fans of Nesbo/Larsson have come to expect and enjoy.
The description of policewoman Mila Vasquez as, "lithe, boyish, answering to no one" made me think, ahh great another Lisbeth Salander, but sadly not, all Vasquez's self -doubt and feelings of being excluded grated on the nerves after a while. Come on love, when Salander got upset with someone she set them on fire.
The two stars represent a succession of twists which are totally implausible therefore quite entertaining.
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