Synopses & Reviews
A gripping literary thriller and smash bestseller that has taken Italy, France, Germany and the UK by storm.
Six severed arms are discovered, arranged in a mysterious circle and buried in a clearing in the woods. Five of them appear to belong to missing girls between the ages of eight and eighteen. The sixth is yet to be identified. Worse still, the girls' bodies, alive or dead, are nowhere to be found.
Lead investigators Mila Vasquez, a celebrated profiler, and Goran Gavila, an eerily prescient criminologist, dive into the case. They're confident they've got the right suspect in their sights until they discover no link between him and any of the kidnappings except the first. The evidence in the case of the second missing child points in a vastly different direction, creating more questions than it answers.
Vasquez and Gavila begin to wonder if they've been brought in to take the fall in a near-hopeless case. Is it all coincidence? Or is a copycat criminal at work? Obsessed with a case that becomes more tangled and intense as they unravel the layers of evil, Gavila and Vasquez find that their lives are increasingly in each other's hands.
The Whisperer, as sensational a bestseller in Europe as the Stieg Larsson novels, is that rare creation: a thought-provoking, intelligent thriller that is also utterly unputdownable.
"An unorthodox cop joins forces with an elite investigative team led by a brilliant profiler in Carrisi's intriguing if overly plotted debut. 'Somewhere near W.,' in 'an absurd woodland cemetery,' Italian police officers, including Mila Vasquez, who excels at finding missing children, examine a makeshift grave. Five missing girls, ages seven to 13, appear to have been murdered, though the six severed left arms in the grave leave one missing child unaccounted for. The close-knit team, headed by criminologist Dr. Goran Gavila, home in on a suspect, but it all seems too easy. While the man is clearly guilty of a crime, he may not be the serial killer they've christened 'Albert,' thus setting off an elaborate cat-and-mouse game between the real killer and his pursuers. Familiar crime thriller tropes include the damaged cop and the haunted profiler, but Carrisi spins an engagingly gruesome tale." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"The Whisperer is one hell of a ride. This story screams high tension, high stakes and high velocity. Superb." Michael Connelly
Six severed arms are discovered in a clearing. Buried in a mysterious circle, each appears to belong to young girls who have been recently abducted. Alive or dead, the remainder of the girls' bodies are missing.
By-the-book Criminologist Goran Gavila is paired with Officer Mila Vasquez, whose reputation for insubordinate behavior is counterbalanced only by her ability in cases involving missing children.
Faced with the task of locating a mass murderer and recovering any of the girls who might still be alive, Gavila and Vasquez find themselves confronted with a killer who is clearly guilty but raises a new set of questions regarding the case that don't add up.
About the Author
Donato Carrisi studied law and criminology before he began working as a writer for television. The Whisperer, Carrisi's first novel, won five international literary prizes, has been sold in nearly twenty countries, and has been translated into languages as varied as French, Danish, Hebrew and Vietnamese. Carrisi lives in Rome.