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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316246794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316246798
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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"The crime novels imported from Europe in the last few years have been a mixed lot, too often favoring atmosphere over plot, but in his second book Donato Carrisi strikes the balance perfectly...Sandra and Marcus are both likeable and intelligent, and the book's multiple storylines find their resolution nicely."—Charles Finch, USA Today (3/4 stars)

"Masterful. With each chapter, THE LOST GIRLS OF ROME jumps from one plotline to the next, back and forth between the present and one year ago. Carrisi uses this device to full advantage, building suspense to almost unbearable (and perhaps supernatural) levels, all the way to a truly surprising ending."—Bruce Tierney, BookPage

"Very well written. Reminiscent of books like Carlos Ruiz Zafón's classic The Shadow of the Wind, Carrisi's work has a dreamy, other worldly feel about it; the prose is literate, lyrical, knowing, dense without being wordy, erudite without being pretentious."—Hank Wagner, Mystery Scene

"With references to the Monster of Florence, a medieval serial murderer, and a secret Vatican sect, Carrisi's literary thriller draws readers into a labyrinth of evil. Carrisi writes beautifully [and] intimately appreciates Rome, its chapels, its narrow alleyways, its fountains and gardens. A powerful psychological drama."
Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"With a lot of separate subplots, intricate details, and twists, this novel has plenty for readers to follow, but those who can keep up will be rewarded with a satisfying conclusion."—Library Journal

PRAISE FOR THE WHISPERER:

"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

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Got lost in the twists and turns of the plot and sub plots.
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Go ahead...everybody needs a nightmare now and then...keeps sleep interesting.
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This book was very interesting and had a different story line.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Khamneithang Vaiphei TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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 8 people found the following review helpful By propertius on November 30, 2013
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By misplaced cajun on November 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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