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Amazon Synopsis: “He’s finally letting go of the memory of his murdered girlfriend. Then he sees her texts.
Alice was a hopeful young graduate student when, on a beautiful August night, her body was found in the woods. She’ll always remember the night she was murdered. And she still suffers the grief and rage that destroyed her family.
But what Alice regrets most is the last fight she had with her boyfriend, Enrico—and the fact that she never had the chance to tell him something that would have changed everything.
A decade later, Enrico has returned to the provincial town where Alice lived and died, to sell his family home. All he wants is to forget. But then, among the things he left behind, he finds an old cell phone…and unread texts sent from Alice’s phone.
Now, her terrible secrets are about to swallow up everyone she knew, loved, and trusted. For Enrico, discovering them is his only chance to put his lost love—and the demons of his past—to rest.”
Length and medium: 231 pages, Kindle ebook
Published by and date: AmazonCrossing on December 1, 2017
Where I found this book: This was one of the Amazon First Reads they offered in November. I was curious to see how the author would get a character to comment on their own death.
How it’s written: Each chapter switches point of view with living people given a third person perspective and Alice, the girl who died 10 years ago, given a first person narration. Towards the end of the book, it changes a bit more frequently as we get a better picture of what happened to Alice all those years ago.
Why I like this book: The first chapter alludes to Twin Peaks and the likeness of that story to this one. I absolutely loved that show and figured if this book had roughly the same premise, it could lead to something interesting.
I loved the way the past and present were told together. It helped to understand Enrico’s discomfort at being back in the small town after a decade.
Final Thoughts: The first few chapters are weird and confusing but once you get through that, it really is a great mystery novel. I was slow getting into it. Then around half way through I became so engrossed, it was hard for me to put the book down.
I would also like to add the translation was nicely done. I’m sure some things were probably highlighted better in Italian but I felt like I still got a great story from this translation.
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Riccardo Bruni is an Italian author and, as such, his novels are in Italian but he has another book that has been translated to English. Or you could know Italian and not need the translation. Whatever floats your boat. You can check out his other books and website here.
If you’ve read this book, what did you think about it?