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Published by Abacus, 2 November 2017. ISBN: 978-0-349-14262-3
The action takes place in the small alpine village of
Avechot in Italy and the book opens with Special Agent Vogel of the police
force having a car accident. Although emerging unscathed he has a lot of blood
on him. He seems very vague as to what happened, and psychiatrist Flores is
called in to talk to him. This all takes place sixty-two days after the
disappearance of Anna Lou Kastner, a teenage girl.
We then go back to two days after
she vanishes, and Vogel is brought in to solve the mystery. He interviews
Anna's parents who are deeply religious and belong to a strict brotherhood in
Avechot. They assure him that she is a good girl and very loving, she has never
been any trouble. Vogel is convinced she has been snatched and instructs the
police to concentrate on finding the person responsible. He is very good at
manipulating the press and media and makes sure they know about the police
searching the river even though he is sure Anna will not be found there. Soon
it is all over the television channels and he hopes to flush out the culprit.
People start to leave tributes to
Anna outside her house, especially toy kittens as she loves cats. A boy named
Mattia is seen acting suspiciously, could he have anything to do with her
disappearance? Then they are given to understand that he actually used to
follow Anna around even taking pictures of her with his camcorder. Vogel and
officer Borghi then discover a white four by four was seen very often around
Anna, the driver almost seemed to be stalking her, who could this be?
They then learn that thirty years
ago a man nicknamed “The man in the fog” was responsible for six murders of
girls similar in appearance to Anna. Could this be him resurfacing?
Vogel and Borghi certainly have
their work cut out trying to solve the mystery of Anna's disappearance. Also
running through the story is an old case of Vogel's which nearly cost him his
career and it makes him all the more determined not to fail this time.
Wow! this is certainly an exciting
page turner, full of unexpected turns and false trails. Very cleverly conceived
and written, leading the reader to be convinced of the abductor and then sure
it is someone else and then perhaps not! I found myself gasping aloud at
some of the final revelations. It has exactly what all crime thrillers should
contain along with an atmosphere of menace and intrigue.
This is the second book written by
Donato Carrisi that I have read and have thoroughly enjoyed both of them. I can't recommend this book enough.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
born in 1973 and studied law and criminology. Since 1999 he has been working as
a TV screenwriter.The Whisperer, Carrisi's first novel, won five
international literary prizes, has been sold in nearly twenty countries, and
has been translated into languages as varied as French, Danish, Hebrew and
Vietnamese. Carrisi lives in Rome.
Tricia Chappell. I have a
great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I play the
occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is cruising
especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for plenty more
reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots of great new