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    A great and unusual mystery tale

    I'm a great fan of Donato Carrisi. He seems to understand and is subtly able to convey the evil in the hearts of men (though let's face it, women are just as capable, something not touched on in his books). He also creates great and original characters. He doesn't take the easy option in this book, and Vogel (cannot remember if a first name was ever mentioned) is an interesting protagonist. Or is he an antagonist? Carrisi keeps you guessing right up to the end. I really enjoyed this one. Religion always underscores his stories, and here we have a cult based in a claustrophobic little town in the mountains. A young girl called Anna Lou goes missing with very little in the form of clues to guide the investigation. if you are a student of how murder investigations should proceed (I write, so picked up on this immediately) then you may be curious as to the lack of questioning, until it becomes painfully clear that Vogel is really only interested in gaining fame for himself via the media. It's not an easy read, as what should be the thorough investigation to find a vulnerable, endangered girl becomes a series of manipulations by a very cynical individual. Vogel is in fact a very modern character with his media obsession and motives, Carrisi has skilfully avoided the good guy/bad guy tropes in order to challenge our expectations. Red herrings and twists run throughout the story. I could go on, but read it, it's not a disappointment. Carrisi is a cerebral read. This book is unlike the gory and somewhat sensational Whisperer, and creepy Lost Girls of Rome/Hunter of the Dark and much more a question about people's motives/manipulations in an age dominated by the media.
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    Onverwacht plot

    Het boek komt wat traag op gang en lijkt en detective als elke andere, maar krijgt een enorme vaart en en verrassende wending.

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