The Rosary Girls: (Byrne & Balzano 1) Paperback – 16 Feb 2006
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"A relentlessly suspenseful, soul-chilling thriller that hooks you instantly" (Tess Gerritsen)
"Readers of this terrifying page-turner are in the hands of a master storyteller. Be prepared to stay up all night" (James Ellroy)
"A specialist in serial killer tales . . . a wonderfully evocative writer" (Publishers Weekly)
"A no-holds-barred thriller that thrusts the reader into the black soul of the killer . . . those with a taste for Thomas Harris will look forward to the sure-to-follow sequel" (Library Journal)
"One of the most terrifyingly evil stories I have read. Yet, with all it's violence, it is balanced by much compassion and beauty. I just couldn't put it down. This could be the book of the year" (Norman Goldman, Barnes & Noble)
Only a killer hears their prayers. The first thriller in Richard Montanari's Sunday Times bestselling
Byrne and Balzano series.
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This is the first book that I've read by Richard Montanari (and the first of his that was released in the UK) and is definitely not the last as 'The Rosary Girls' is well up there with the likes of Thomas Harris' Silence of the Lambs and James Patterson's Kiss The Girls. I've now ordered the second Byrne and Balzano novel, The Skin Gods, and am really looking forward to giving it a read!
From the opening chapter I was completely gripped by the storyline. Montanari really knows how to write a good thriller - just when I thought I'd worked out who the killer was (on a number of occasions) he turns the story completely around, making me think it was someone completely different! The setting is dark and gritty, showing you the most violent and seedy sides of Philedelphia. The lead characters Byrne and Balzano are very likeable and believable (although some of the crime fiction detective stereotypes are still there) and are ones that I look forward to see how they develop in future novels.
Overall it is a very entertaining read and one of the best that I've read in a long time. If you're after a real whodunnit, with plenty of twists and suspense, as well as some really good characters, look no further than 'The Rosary Girls'. 10/10!
The story is based in Philadelphia, a new detective partnership and their attempts to stop a crazed serial killer targeting young Catholic school girls. Veteran cop Kevin Byrne is your typical no nonsense hero and he is joined by Jessica Balzano, a young but determined recruit. The hunt is on for the madman inflicting sickening acts of violence against innocents.
What i liked about The Rosary Girls is that it keep's you guessing right to the end, there's plenty of suspects and no obvious culprit. Indeed i was surprised when the killer was revealed.
The charecters, plot and dialogue were very well written. Some of the crime scenes and description were a bit much for me at times but i understand that it was all part of the story and to be expected in a crime thriller.
Overall very good and i will certainly read the next installment, Skin Gods.
Rosary Girls tells the story of a serial-killer in Philadelphia who is targeting young Catholic girls for horrific deaths. The crimes are being investigated by the newly formed partnership team of Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. Each character has his and her own past which is being slowly drip-fed to us and they find they work together extremely well from their first meeting. This is a refreshing change from the cliched strained relationships that authors often create where one partner replaces another. They both go about their work in a realistic way with a good team behind them. It is also refreshing that there isn't an uptight boss behind them with the intelligence of a goldfish and who is trying to take any glory for himself. In short, this is a very realistic story that leaves any sensationalism to the actions of the villain.
The theme of Christ's passion and the 'Five Sorrowful Mysteries also make for a truly powerful read and the methodology of the 'doer' is quite disturbing yet absorbing.
There are five more stories so far in this series and I cannot wait to read them.
Without giving too much away this is mutliplot story covering the killings, the new detective partnership and the situation between a reporter and one of the detectives. The storyline builds well and many clues and avenues of thought are teasingly offered to the reader. I liked the way the various characters were described along with their personality and thought processes.
A lot was put together in this book and the work pays off. This is a very full book with a gripping plot. This book makes many others look very flat in comparison. This author is going on my must have list. A riveting read, highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Totally captivated by this book. Story line is brilliant and the main two characters are really easy to like and follow. Fantastic to redacted rest!! Highly recommend.Published 15 days ago by MISS H CONYERS
Read in a couple of days, hard to put down. Can't wait to read the other Byrne & Balzano booksPublished 23 days ago by Kindle Customer
Edge of your seat stuff! Thought I'd figured out the killer but was wrong. Really great book, highly recommend it.Published 2 months ago by Renrut
Gripping stuff! I didn't guess any of the twists, especially who the killer was!!! I was convinced it was someone completely different... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Zoe Shelley
well what can I say. read this years ago but decided to buy and re-read, true class. superb story from master story teller, very very rare I would re-read a book, but so glad I... Read morePublished 4 months ago by janie
It is a good book and has lots of potential. A little too much back story to each of the characters for my liking but after that was out of the way a very good plot with lots of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lucy
This book is excellently written and now had my appetite raring for the other books in the Byrne & Balzano series. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JoBo1026