The Italian Literary Thriller Sensation A young girl has mysteriously disappeared in Rome. As rain lashes the ancient streets, two men, Clemente and Marcus, sit in a café near the Piazza Navona and pore over the details of the case. They are members of the ancient Penitenzeri - a unique Italian team, linked to the Vatican, and trained in the detection of true evil.
But they are not alone. Sandra - a brilliant forensics expert with a tragic past - is also working on the case. When her path crosses theirs, not only do they make headway in the case of the missing girl, but they also uncover a terrible secret world, hidden in the dark recesses of Rome. A world that is as perfect as it is evil...
A spellbinding literary thriller from the author of The Whisperer, this novel offers a window onto the hidden secrets of Rome. Beautifully capturing the atmosphere of the city, it blends a page-turning plot with fascinating historical fact.
Their lives have become a series of terrible choices. Bad people and dark places. And then a phone call offers them the chance to start over. To take a pill and to vanish from life . . .
Hundreds of eyes stare out from the missing persons board - people who have been gone too long and are being forgotten, by everyone except Mila Vasquez. Fiery, loyal and with a tragic history of her own, Mila will never stop looking for them. But what if some of these people wanted to disappear, to hide in the shadows?
This is the question Mila and her team must ask themselves as long-lost people begin to return, wreaking devastation in their wake. Clues are being left for Mila, clues she doesn't fully understand and about which her colleagues, terrified of an old case re-emerging, are strangely dismissive.
A brutal killer is on the streets of Rome. He leaves no trace. And shows no mercy.A series of gruesome murders leaves the police force in Rome reeling, with no real clues or hard evidence to follow. Assigned to the case is Sandra Vega, a brilliant forensic analyst, struggling to come to terms with the crimes and her own past. Sandra's shared history with Marcus, a member of the ancient Penitenzeri - a unique Italian team, linked to the Vatican, and trained in the detection of true evil, means that the two are brought together again in the pursuit of a malignant killer.Soon Marcus and Sandra notice the emergence of a disturbing pattern running alongside the latest killings - and every time they think they have grasped a fragment of the truth, they are led down yet another terrifying path. A sensational new literary thriller from the bestselling author of The Whisperer, this novel captures the beautiful atmosphere of Rome and explores its dark and hidden secrets.
*THE SUNDAY TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH*
'[A] coldly brilliant exposé of the depths of human nature' THE SUNDAY TIMESSixty-two days after the disappearance . . .A man is arrested in the small town of Avechot. His shirt is covered in blood. Could this have anything to do with a missing girl called Anna Lou?What really happened to the girl? Detective Vogel will do anything to solve the mystery surrounding Anna Lou's disappearance. When a media storm hits the quiet town, Vogel is sure that the suspect will be flushed out. Yet the clues are confusing, perhaps false, and following them may be a far cry from discovering the truth at the heart of a dark town. FOR FANS OF DONNA LEON AND MICHELE GIUTTARI, GET READY FOR THE CRIME THRILLER OF THE YEAR. 'A gripping read . . . I defy anyone to guess the denouement' - GUARDIAN on The Whisperer'Gruesome and gripping . . . a taut psychological thriller' - THE TIMES on The Whisperer