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The Whisperer

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847443494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847443496
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,985,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

More than delivers on its ghoulish promise...you 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) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.

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Italy's Number One bestselling thriller sensation

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By Moonlit VINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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I set off with this very happily, but lost faith a bit as it went on. As in The Bridge on BBC4, there is a heroine who can't feel empathy, though this one is less abrasive; it's never quite credible, because detection requires both logic and an understanding of people. The inclusion of a medium doesn't help: I feel as sceptical as most of her colleagues, but in fact the trance is allowed to help solve the mystery. Still, there are some nice chapters where you aren't sure who is involved, and really need to think, and some unexpected twists. It's an early novel - I'd be willing to try Carrisi's second.
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Format: Paperback
This is one of the most disappointing thrillers I've read and totally fails to live up to any of the very positive blurb on the cover. If this was one of Italy's best selling books it's a sad sign that the standards in the land that gave us the Renaissance have fallen very low.

The first chapter is interesting and got my attention - but after that the plot just gets more ludicrous and outlandish. If you want some credibility in your thrillers you'll be very sadly disappointed. Plot devices and twists were put in for shock value, but had absolutely no possible grounding in reality. Characterisation was non existent. This was like a cheap low quality schlok film thriller.

Some of the things that annoyed me:
No location - where was this set - you expected Italy but it came across as US. It was distracting that no place names were mentioned making it hard to feel a connection.
The police lead isn't a police officer but an external criminologist! What police force would allow the murders of young girls be led externally?
A body is found in two inches of tears!! No explanation as to how all these tears were gathered.
A key plot development is due to the vision of a psychic nun - really lazy plot device.
So many coincidences and second guessing - all of which amazingly turn out to be right.
Actions of certain characters at the end - totally ludicrous and unbelieveable.
The presence of a certain character at a barbeque at the end strains credibility.

Save your money.
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