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The Lost Girls of Rome [Kindle Edition]

Donato Carrisi
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A grieving young widow, seeking answers to her husband's death, becomes entangled in an investigation steeped in the darkest mysteries of Rome.

Sandra Vega, a forensic analyst with the Roman police department, mourns deeply for a marriage that ended too soon. A few months ago, in the dead of night, her husband, an up-and-coming journalist, plunged to his death at the top of a high-rise construction site. The police ruled it an accident. Sanda is convinced it was anything but.

Launching her own inquiries, Sanda finds herself on a dangerous trail, working the same case that she is convinced led to her husband's murder. An investigation which is deeply entwined with a series of disappearances that has swept the city, and brings Sandra ever closer to a centuries-old secret society that will do anything to stay in the shadows.

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A secret sect worthy of a Dan Brown novel, the penitenzieri are a group of rogue Catholic clergymen who archive the admissions made in the confessional and then mete out justice on their own. When some of Rome’s most unrepentant killers are suddenly struck down, it seems that this centuries-old network is coming out of the shadows. Could this be the story that forensic analyst Sandra Vega’s journalist-husband was working on when he died? The brusque and mysterious Interpol agent Schalber certainly seems to think so. A race against the clock to find one killer’s final victim keeps the story moving, but Carrisi loses momentum with the introduction of a secondary fabulist plot regarding a transformationist. This multilayered thriller was a best-seller in the author’s native Italy, but, while it may attract attention here, readers are likely to come away something short of satisfied. --Karen Keefe



"One hell of a ride. This story screams high tension, high stakes and high velocity. Superb." (Michael Connelly )

"Brilliant and very creepy. A great book." (Ken Follett )

"Donato Carrisi has a unique gift for blending fascinating forensic detail, mind-bending plot twists, and empathetic characters into a seamless, powerful narrative. THE WHISPERER intrigues, informs, and haunts simultaneously, a novel that will linger in the mind long after you've finished." (Michael Koryta )

"Brutally awesome--Thomas Harris by way of Ian Rankin." (Will Lavender )

"Employs the graceful turns of phrase common to literary fiction ... Carrisi's villain is a suitable cohort for Hannibal Lecter, and his detectives are intelligently nuanced, each struggling, sometimes failing, to cope with the depravity into which they immerse themselves in the name of good. A haunting, disconcerting, devastating portrait of evil." (Kirkus Reviews )

"Intricate plotting. Major surprises." (BookPage )

Product Details

  • File Size: 1309 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (November 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,945 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE LOST GIRLS OF ROME - A QUCK LOOK! November 21, 2013
The Lost Girls of Rome by Donato Carrisi is a crime thriller with interesting sub-plots that are woven superbly by the master touch of the author to bring out a compelling story with a spectacular conclusion.

A young Italian girl, Lara, has gone missing in Rome. Police investigations reveals striking resemblance to other cases in which girls were abducted and their throats cut after a month of captivity. Marcus and Clemente are on the hunt to find her. They are members of an old secret sect linked to the Vatican known as the penitenzieri. The sect is covertly probing the spate of abductions and murders of young girls across Rome, and bringing justice for the victims.

Five months after the death of her husband, a journalist on assignment, forensic analyst Sandra Vega, have reasons to doubt his death was an accident. A phone call in the middle of the night further arouses her suspicion. With a handful of clues, Sandra travels to Rome and pursues her own leads in the investigation of a serial killer in an attempt to uncover the whole truth.

What was the assignment her husband was working on at the time of his death? Is it connected with the missing girls of Rome?

The characters are superbly conceived. Surprising and fascinating developments and unexpected plot twists make it difficult to put the book down. The alternating stories from one protagonist to the other from chapter to chapter makes you bounce back and forth, keeping you sharp alive with interest.

If you are into crime thrillers with mystery, action and suspense thrown in, then this might be the ideal read for you this month.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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All that I can say about this work, is that it is a major disappointment considering that he is the author of "The Whisperers." I get the feeling that the author was thinking of movie rights since he has thrown just about everything into this preposterously complex and convoluted story. Dan Brown would be envious since this author does have a true eye for Rome and its eccentricities and delights.

However, we have several murder investigations going on at the same time, serial killers galore, a perhaps ex-priest, wannabe priest, of course a secret Vatican society, other spicy details. All is needed is a few ex-Nazis, witch hunters, and a Lesbian nun. Honestly, I get the point that Carrisi is obsessed with anomalies but the chance encounters in this book are simply unbelievable. I will defy anyone who reads this book to deny that he needs a Michelin guide to keep track of all the characters and the plot twists and the time zones.

Whereas in his last book he deliberately did not let atmosphere overwhelm the story-line, here it is a different story. It is almost as though he wishes to illustrate that he has a greater grasp of Rome than other writers.( the answer is yes) Yet it is fast paced and readable once you have accepted the stupendous literary conceits. All that is missing in this story is a miracle but true to his criminology training he does keep us engaged. Not as good as the first but a good one time read.

Just to show that I pay attention to the author, I would like to comment on the fact that he does make a one sentence reference about Mila, the heroine in his last novel which I found charming. Perhaps when this book is made into a movie and he has made his fortune, he can give us a wow story as foreshadowed in his first book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly exceptional dark thriller November 25, 2013
Sandra's husband has been dead for over five months now but she's done everything she can to avoid dealing with the loss. As an investigative journalist, his work sent him all over the globe. At the time of his death he was supposed to be in Oslo, or at least that's what he'd told her. Why then was his body discovered in Rome? Unable to bear the thought that he could have been hiding something, Sandra has yet to even go through his bags from the trip. But a call from Interpol finally prompts her to do so propelling her into an investigation that she believes may have led to her husband's murder.

THE LOST GIRLS OF ROME is a testament to plotting brilliance! From the very start there are so many threads of story that it seems almost impossible they'll all connect. But connect they do and in a way that I'd bet even the most savvy mystery and thriller reader will never predict! THE WHISPERER easily landed Carrisi on my favorites list but I think THE LOST GIRLS OF ROME still managed to surpass my expectations.

First you have a medic whose sister was kidnapped. The prologue begins with a call to a remote estate and a dying man with the words "Kill me" written on his chest. Near his body, one of the only clues to the medic's sister's disappearance.

Next you have Marcus and Clemente investigating the home of a missing girl. The girl may be tied to the medic's missing sister and the man from the beginning but it's Marcus's job not only to determine how but to hopefully find the missing girl.

Then you have Sandra, a cop whose husband's recent death was ruled an accident. As mentioned above, he was secretive about where he really was on his most recent job and Sandra has put off dealing with everything associated with his death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unpredictable
This author is great at keeping you on your toes! Just when you think you've got the plot figured out BAM, everything you thought is wrong
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I bought this for someone else
Published 6 months ago by Kathy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
a little hard to follow
Published 6 months ago by Patricia R. St. Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm going to Rome.
There's a lot going on in this book, and therefore, it never got boring. Also, everything was woven together perfectly, and the characters felt real.
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Danger: Multiple Moving Parts
This is the kind of mystery I appreciate, where multiple storylines intertwine with and then separate from each other, only to recombine to produce new or alternate answers to the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by John Kissinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Too twisted to be resisted
Think you can keep track? You can't. And that should have been annoying but it wasn't. It was well written, fast and well translated (always a concern with translated books). Read more
Published 10 months ago by chagal4
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Effort
Many of the reviewers commented on the intricacy of the plot, number of characters, density of the storyline, as well as the atmospheric depictions of Rome. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ray B
2.0 out of 5 stars LOST!
Truly lost! Got lost in the twists and turns of the plot and sub plots. First book of this author that I read and was disappointed.
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