- Publisher: Abacus (January 17, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 034900031X
- ISBN-13: 978-0349000312
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.3 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,491,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Lost Girls of Rome Paperback – January 17, 2013
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I was amazed to discover in the author's note that the main building block of the plot, and the most unbelievable element, was inspired by actual facts. There really was once a kind of secret society of priest-profilers or priest detectives who sometimes helped the authorities hunt down murderers. These shadowy figures infuse the novel with a unique sense of mystery.
The story culminates in a wild irony that tantalizes the reader with the yin-yang of good and evil. Along the way we meet a lot of very interesting women and men, who in turn are confronted with their own moral dilemmas.
The novel is not just a police procedural, or a forensic thriller, or a psychological thriller – but rather all those things happening simultaneously.
I finished the book in some uncertainty as to whether I got every twist and turn, but I got enough to enjoy the book thoroughly.
After the two books I'm a fan of Danato Carrisi and look forward to his next book.
There's too much pondering the nature of evil, on the parts of most all of the characters. There are too many sudden insights, based on scant clues and too many secret passages and hidden trap doors. It is somewhat confusing because of constant switches back and forth in time, but mainly because there's a plot line that crops up out of nowhere, in the midst of the book, that is not resolved until the very end. I felt that it wasn't successfully integrated into the rest of the story.
Apart from all of that, it is certainly a fairly engrossing story and reveals some secrets related to the Vatican. I actually found the author's notes, at the very end, to be the most interesting part of the book, as they tell you that the basis of the story is actually true! There is a secret arm of the Vatican similar to that involved in this story.
Sandra Vega is forensic analyst, a young woman who recently lost her husband. She still grieves, his cologne is still in the bathroom, his cigarettes with the smell of anise are still in the apartment. She refuses to let him go. Until one day she receives a strange phone call from someone who knew her husband. She always thought that her husband's death was accident, but that phone call changed everything, her husband might been murdered.
In the meantime, young women are dissapearing in Rome. Young, beautiful, with families that are looking for them. They are found a month later, throat cut, not violated. Who and why is kidnapping them? And why killing them a month later?
Two people are investigating the cases of the missing girls. They are not the police. No one knows about them, because they don't exist.
Since reading "The Whisperer" I became Donato Carrisi's fan. So I couldn't wait to start reading "The Lost Girls Of Rome". If there is one word to describe this book, that would be "creepy". Reading this book will take you on a journey in the darkest places of the human mind. It's hard to believe that people like that really exist.Read more ›
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A real page turner.. Interesting with much consideration about good and evil and revenge and sacrifice. Could not put it down.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent read with great historical information. Brilliant twists.Published 5 months ago by Judith Cabral
Just too complicated, having lived 25 years in Italy thought I could enjoy this book, much like Donna Leon, but found it a bit tediousPublished 19 months ago by lesley Rigby
This is a page turner, loved it from the first couple of pages. The storey becomes tangled up in a web of associated crimes and has a surprising twist at the end. Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by deirdre
I loved his first book but I think his writing has improved in this one, it flows better. I loved all the characters, they were so well written. Read morePublished on April 9, 2014 by Fiona Allen
A well thought out plot, although a bit confusing in the beginning. There are many twists to keep you on your toes...and awake at night, reading.Published on March 20, 2014 by Amazon Customer
An enjoyable read... A bit frightening because its based on the truth.... thats what the blurb says... Its scary to think that there are people out there like this.Published on February 8, 2014 by Marti Hummel
If you like thrillers then this is one for you . It twists turns and always has the reader on edge. The characters are interesting and in some places unique.... Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Leo