Six buried arms. Six missing girls. A team led by Captain Roche and internationally renowned criminologist Goran Gavila are on the trail of a serial killer whose ferocity seems to have no limits. And he seems to be taunting them, leading them to discover each small corpse in turn; but the clues on the bodies point to several different killers. Roche and Gavila bring in Mila Vasquez, a specialist in cases involving children, and Mila discovers that the real killer is one who has never lifted a finger against the girls – but merely psychologically instructs others to do his work: a ‘subliminal killer’ – the hardest to catch… (Taken from Goodreads)
I really, really like this book. This is one of the best thrillers I have ever read and it doesn’t seem to be very well-known at the moment. I was surprised that it was written by a debut author as this novel is to such a high standard that you wouldn’t expect it to be their first published work. I was gripped from the very first sentence and I found it hard to have to get about my day-to-day business, I just wanted to keep reading.
One thing I could not figure out though was where this novel took place. I assume it is Italy as the author is Italian but this point is never made clear to the reader. Cities are never mentioned and neither is currency, the author has not given the reader even one clue to where this novel is set. However for this novel, the not knowing where it is set seems to work and the plot flows well.
I loved the twists and turns that this book brought. One minute you were sure they have finally caught the guy, only to turn the page and find out new evidence that portrayed the suspect as now innocent. The ending seems to be left fairly open so there is always the possibility of a follow-up novel.
This book will keep you on your toes and I am looking forward to reading more by this author, they are definitely one to watch.