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- Publisher: Sapere Books (January 24, 2019)
- Publication Date: January 24, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07L6H9KGR
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The mood is very dark and the crimes, both present and past, are quite brutal. The events are based on genuine cases of child-stealing, which makes the book even more chilling. However, if you're looking for a compelling story based on historical events, Pritchard's well-written thriller might be just the ticket.
Journalist Danny Sanchez and his photographer are awaiting news at a landfill site. A body has been found. They suspect it is the body of Teresa del Hoyo who has been missing for a week. It turns out to be Teresa. She was twenty-three years old and lived a somewhat questionable life style of drugs and multiple sexual partners. Her family insists that she has been free of drug use for at least a year.
Teresa's elder sister, Carmen, was very concerned about her, but was helpless to curb her behavior. Carmen is very religious and seeks the advice of the clergy. Her contact in the clergy seems to have his own agenda, and I was very suspicious of his motives for digging into Teresa's life.
Danny thinks there is more to the story than just Teresa's lifestyle. When he visits the political office where she worked (the local communist headquarters), he learns that she was working on a potentially explosive story.
This book is based on a true story. It is a very good book. I hadn't known a great deal about the Spanish Civil War prior to reading this novel, so it was pretty new information to me. I was horrified to learn of not only the Church's involvement but also the lengths that people today would go to cover up the dishonesty and outright crimes that were committed. I like Danny. He drinks, smokes and lives an unhealthy lifestyle, but he is a good man. He is not like the “in your face” journalists that we sometimes see in the media.
I want to thank NetGalley and Sapere Books for forwarding to me a copy of this great book for me to read, enjoy and review.
Danny Sanchez is now working as a free-lance journalist. When the body of a young woman is found, he is there. The woman is identified as Teresa del Hoyo and she's been missing for a week. The police mark it up as she previously had a drug problem, although she's been clean for well over a year ... and she's run off before.
What Danny finds is that she has been looking into questionable events dating back to the Spanish Civil War. She had two partners in this ... one is missing ... one is dead.
What did they discover? And who did she tell?
Following her footsteps and carrying on her investigation leads Danny to secrets of 50 years ago .... and someone will kill to keep those secrets from seeing the light of day.
This is an intriguing well written thriller, highly suspenseful, with a story premise that kept me glued to the pages until the very end. The characters are solid.
Top international reviews
Once again featuring the delightfully flawed protagonist Danny Sanchez, Pritchard lifts the lid on a horrible series of events dating back to Franco's era in Spain, all the more horrible as they are based upon real events. Sanchez cannot help but follow his journalistic nose as he starts to uncover the plot (which I will refrain from spoiling for you here).
It is refreshing to have a character who you can associate with - who likes a drink, has a penchant for rock music, and is maybe not as fit as he could or should be - I am sure that description counts for most of us! The way the story unfolds, with a deftness of touch when it comes to verbally painting a picture, plus the authenticity that comes from the author having lived in Spain and worked as a journalist there is immediate and palpable, makes for a compelling read.
As I say, the book is a fabulous read and one you could do an awful lot worse than spend some time with. Top marks and highly recommended to any fan of a good tale well told!
Official estimates from lawyers involved in uncovering this shameful episode in Spain’s history suggest that as many as three hundred thousand babies could have been “stolen” and adopted. Even now, Spain refuses to open an official investigation and it is left to the children and mothers involved to do their own research and to try to discover their own heritage.
Pritchard has done a fine job in crafting a thriller that plays on greed, deceit and the desire to bury elements of the past in the hope that nobody digs them up.
Aside from Sanchez, there is plenty to be learnt here about the ex-pat community in Spain and about how pivotal a role the Catholic Church played in this scandal. Pritchard demonstrates that dogged journalism can be a force for good and that without it, shameful practices may never be brought to light.
Keeps u on the edge of ur seat , I've read both now waiting for the 3rd out 7th March.
Danny sanchez brilliant journalist .
I loved it and am buying his first book right now!