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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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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.Read more ›
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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Unputdownable, not for the faint hearted! A gripping thriller equal to any Scandanavian noir books.Published 5 months ago by Len taylor
This was a really strong novel, well written and well paced. The main characters are interesting and much better than the one dimensional police/investigators that have become so... Read morePublished 5 months ago
I really can't resonate with the phrase "literary thriller phenomenon". Perhaps lost in translation? Read morePublished 6 months ago by email@example.com
The plot started well but quickly became too complicated and all over the place. I won't read another book from this author. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M.B.
After advice from a friend, I bought this book and couldn't put it down. I'm buying it again for my daughter in law as she can't find any reading material which holds her interest.Published 8 months ago by janbel
A poor piece of writing and/or translation. Order it from the library but don't bother to buy it.Published 9 months ago by Queen Mab
This is my favourite book, which I always recommend to nearly everyone! It is full of twists and plotlines you don't see coming, and the ending was great. Read morePublished 12 months ago by eweston