My rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the internationally bestselling author of Kill the Father — “a stunningly original page-turner that twists the concept of psychological thriller in a terrifying and wonderful way” (Jonathan Kellerman) — comes the second Caselli and Torre novel, a high-voltage ride into the bizarre as the detective duo tracks a lethal villain on a quest for revenge.
When a high-speed train from Milan draws into the station in Rome with a carriage full of dead bodies, Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli, a fierce detective still reeling from having survived a bloody catastrophe of her own, is called to lead the investigation. After receiving a message claiming responsibility for the killings and announcing more murders to come, officers turn their attention to a small group of Islamic extremists.
But Dante Torre believes authorities are being misdirected. For him the Islamic link is a smokescreen concealing the actions of a killer who has been committing murders all over the world for years: a woman who calls herself Gilitinè, after the mythological Lithuanian goddess of death. After further carnage, Gilitinè’s murderous plans escalate to macabre heights, and only Dante and Colomba can stop her.
One thing that I really loved about this book was the setting of Italy. The crime books I usually read is often set in the US, UK or Scandinavia was it great to shift the focus to a different country. I also loved both main characters, the fierce Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre (a fascinating man with many skills, but also with a very tragic background). I really need to read the first book to get to know how Dante and Colomba met, and learn more about the case they worked on.
The case is elusive, mysterious and fascinating. I love the twist and turns the story takes and I particularly liked that the book managed to surprise me several times. And the ending, damn it! I need the next book now! Short review I know, but I don't want to give away anything of the story. Read the book, it's great!
On a side note, as much as I enjoyed listening to the book was it a bit hard sometimes to remember who was who. It got better during the progress of the book, however reading the book might, in this case, be preferable, although the narrator was very good.