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The Whisperer Hardcover – January 5, 2012
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"THE WHISPERER is 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
"Brutally awesome--Thomas Harris by way of Ian Rankin."―Will Lavender, New York Times bestselling author of Obedience and Dominance
"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
"Exquisite. Readers who appreciate manipulation, both of plots and themselves, by the author, and those who appreciate a shock of bloody horror will be absolutely enthralled by this offering."―Library Journal (starred review)
"A murder mystery. A puzzle. A challenge. An intriguing portrait of society, of you and me."―EDGE Boston
"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
"Intricate plotting. Major surprises. THE WHISPERER has already won several literary awards and have been a bestseller all over Europe. I predict no less for it here."―BookPage
"Intriguing ... an engagingly gruesome tale."―Publishers Weekly
"More than delivers on its ghoulish promise...you might not want to read this alone in the house."―Time Out London
"I defy anyone to guess the denouement."―The Guardian (UK)
"Gripping, multi-layered and difficult to put down ... a top class literary thriller."―Choice (UK)
"Full of original, unexpected twists, where haunters become haunted, a thriller which is simply enthralling, intelligent and fascinating ... a real treat for thriller fans."―Waldeckische Landeszeitung (Germany)
"Enthralling."―Cellesche Zeitung (Germany)
"Astonishing."―Il Messaggero (Italy)
"Unmissable."―Diário Digital (Portugal)
About the Author
Donato Carrisi studied law and criminology before he began working as a writer for television. 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.
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I had trouble allowing myself to become fully immersed in the lives of the characters as I was just trying to follow the plot and figure out the ending. Due to that, I found it rather annoying that the author kept trying to humanize Mila Vasquez while I was reading. I really didn't care about her little quirk or her past or how she got to be who she was. The little bits of interior monologue ("When will I ever let someone touch me again") just seemed out of place. The strange union in the hotel room seemed VERY out of place... I just wanted to solve the case! The other thing that really bothered me was the introduction of the somewhat supernatural element 3/4 of the way in. Until that point, the story was an engaging real-world thriller that I could understand. While this was nothing *too* crazy or unbelievable the deus ex machina of the nun irked me more than anything else. I thought we were watching smart experienced professionals match wits with a sick twisted monster. To, basically, say that the monster had won without this contrivance was disheartening.
The key, however, with this type of story is how the author is able to tie everything together in the end. Several times I felt myself looking down the barrel of Chekhov's Gun, thus missing out on the elements of surprise I felt like the author was trying to create. Several times I felt myself glazing over paragraphs that were not, for me, advancing the narrative. Yet I never once wanted to put the book down and put the story on pause. The payoff had to be coming, and I was locked in despite myself.
Regardless of my own little annoyances, (and one big one) the story moved with a brisk pace and kept me wanting more. I thought the prose style was smooth and flowed well from word to word, sentence to sentence, and chapter to chapter. Rarely was I left hanging at the end of a chapter hoping to continue that storyline only to be thrust into something completely different. Each chapter began nearly exactly the way I wanted it to and focused on exactly what I wanted to see.
So did the ending pay off? Well...
It sure did tie everything together nicely. Almost too nicely... but somehow still leaving a HUGE hole unfilled. Not Lady and the Tiger style, but more like, "Ok there must be a sequel style." Which is fine, I suppose, but I don't find myself necessarily yearning to pick up the next book in the series. I still can't decide if I'm satisfied or bothered by just *how* much everything tied together at the end, but for now it worked. At least through the end of the actual mystery. The pseudo-epilogue at the very end, however... just, no. I probably would have given this a 4-star review if it had not been for the "little" revelation about Mila in the last score of pages or so. Too unbelievable and completely unnecessary.
Overall, this was a nice distraction from my own mess and an entertaining way to spend a half-dozen hours or so. Honestly, it was nice to read something that wasn't pulling at my heart strings and making me look inward with a critical eye. Definition of a guilty pleasure, I suppose. *thumbs up*
I wonder what my old friend Alex Cross is up to these days now though...
This book is about plot and fact-finding. The entire atmosphere is so magical since the reader will find it hard to place where the crimes are committed. America, Canada, Sweden, take your pick. Yet the story is as hypnotic as the crimes are gruesome. Some quibbles and this may be the fault of the translator, I do not know but one does not put a bullet into the barrel of a gun unless it is a black powder weapon.
The style is mesmerizing and as complex as the plot, hence the term rococo. You will find this a myriad collections of stories that work in conjunction with each piece that in a lesser work would be just collection of clichés. One cliché in describing it, you will not want to put it down, yet you will not be enticed to read it twice.
This book was written by an author from Italy and translated. While it is excellent, it does not give the reader any sense of where this story takes place, and that took a little bit of time for me to get used to. It was not enough by any means to stop me from reading as the plot and the characters were much to intriguing to consider that.
When I finished this book, I gave it to my husband and he agreed it is a great read. Really high praise from him as he reads lots of murder/mystery/thrillers.
A book really worth 5 stars!