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The Lost Girls of Rome (Mila Vasquez #2)

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A young girl has mysteriously disappeared in Rome. As rain lashes the ancient streets, Clemente and Marcus sit in a cafe and pore over the details of the case. They are members of the ancient Penitenzeri - a unique team linked to the Vatican - and trained in the detection of true evil. Soon, they will uncover a terrible secret.
Paperback, 424 pages
Published 2012 by Abacus (first published 2011)
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Diane S.
Last year I was blown away by this author's novel, "The Whisperer", it was just that good.
This novel is different from the last in everything but the stellar writing and the suspenseful story line.

A police photographer's husband is found dead and Sandra finds herself in the middle of what will turn out to be a very strange and horrifying case. Four girls have been taken in Rome, three of the bodies found, the fourth still missing and she is though to be still alive.

There are actual three diffe...more
Madeline Dahlman
I'd actually probably rate this a 3.5...The story is based on a woman, Sandra, who decides to investigate her husband's death while on assignment in Rome. Parallel to this storyline, is a priest named Marcus who's racing to solve a kidnapping before the victim is killed. It's an incredibly smart story but potentially too smart for it's own good. I spent the entire book working to fit the pieces together and after finishing, am not sure that I ever quite did. There are numerous characters that ne...more
Teresa
Espanto-me sempre quando me deparo com um escritor com uma imaginação tão fabulosa.
Foi um prazer ler este livro, pelas personagens, pela história, pela forma de escrever, sem “palha”, criando mistério, mas simultaneamente revelando e explicando, de modo a que no fim tudo encaixe.
Foi bom ler este livro pelo estímulo que me proporcionou: para interromper a leitura e ir ver Fred Astaire e Ginger Rogers cantando e dançando “Cheak to Cheak” e deste modo conhecer melhor algumas personagens; para ir pr...more
Filipa
Não posso escrever o que quer que seja sobre este livro sem dizer que adoro o autor: Donato Carrisi.
Este escritor é simplesmente um mestre da escrita. Tem apenas dois livros, mas, prevejo que terá muitos mais e sempre com grande sucesso. E eu cá estarei para ler cada um deles.

Com esta trama, conseguiu mais uma vez surpreender-me. É uma história intricada e que liga cada personagem à medida que se vai avançando na leitura.
Um policial/thriller com muito conteúdo, muitas referências a Roma em sécu...more
Christine
I should start this review by saying that I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway program.

Five months after the death of her husband, forensic photographer and police officer Sandra Vega begins to doubt that that his death was an accident. Following her intuition and a handful of clues, Sandra travels to Rome and becomes involved in the investigation of a serial killer in an attempt to uncover the truth.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ex...more
Joana
Que confusão de livro! Torna-se interessante e de leitura rápida em vários momentos, sobretudo para o final, mas acho que sobrepõe demasiadas coisas e, ou eu não percebi bem, ou ficaram algumas coisas por explicar...
Tempo de Ler
O «Tribunal das Almas» é, em absoluto, maravilhoso!

Não vou resumir ou sequer falar sobre a história deste livro porque não quero, de forma alguma, estragar a formidável experiência que é lê-lo!

Donato comprova neste segundo trabalho literário que é, sem sombra de dúvida, um argumentista fantástico - arrasta-nos para o seu enredo, puxando-nos cada vez mais para as suas profundezas; confunde-nosconstantemente, com rara mestria; apimenta-nos o interesse a cada frase perturbadora...surpreende-nos com...more
Arwen56
Finalmente sono giunta alla fine di questo improbabile romanzo, che sono anche stata tentata di abbandonare strada facendo. Ed è un sollievo, perché mi sono annoiata a morte.

Come descrivervi le mie sensazioni al riguardo? Mettiamola così:

1) prendete uno shaker
2) schiaffateci dentro Dan Brown
3) poi versateci pure Giorgio Faletti
4) aggiungeteci un po’ di nozioni di storia
5) versateci un pizzico di filosofia da quattro soldi
6) miscelate bene e …

et voilà … otterrete la perfetta ciofeca che è qu...more
Ricardo Mendes
No segundo livro de Donato Carrisi somos expostos à pergunta: Perdão… Ou vingança? E é em torno destes “sentimentos” que se desenrola a história do Tribunal das Almas.

A narrativa projecta-se principalmente em duas personagens: um homem sem recordações do seu passado que tenta resolver um desaparecimento de uma jovem; e uma mulher, agente da polícia, que corre atrás do assassino do seu marido.

Até que estas duas personagens de cruzem é muito fácil perder o fio à meada entre os casos que nos são a...more
Liz Wilkins
Thank you to the author and publisher for the copy via netgalley.

A grieving young widow, seeking answers to her husband’s death, becomes entangled in an investigation steeped in the darkest mysteries of Rome.

So my good friend Storm has already reviewed this book for me (you can find her review on her page) and that review along with a couple of other people whispering in my ear made me decide that I had to try this one for myself. And boy was THAT a good decision.

Ok its tagged as Crime and Myste...more
Babete
F-a-b-u-l-o-s-o!

Donato Carrisi é um escritor excepcional, não sei o que aconteceu quando li o seu 1º livro ( acho que tenho de lhe dar uma 2ª oportunidade!) mas para mim este tem tudo no sítio e surpreende até à última linha, soberbo! ;)
Margarida
Um GRANDE livro!
Um escritor fantástico! Uma leitura extremamente rica!
Uma experiência memorável!
Adorei!
Recomendo!
Kristine Brancolini
I had never heard of Donato Carrisi or his debut mystery The Whisperer when I picked up The Lost Girls of Rome at the library. I've been obessively reading Italian mysteries for the past year and I was surprised that I had not run across this author until now. He's new and he's amazing. This book has all of the elements that create the perfect mix for me: excellent writing (plus translation in this case), intriguing characters, and a tightly-woven, complex narrative. Most importantly with a myst...more
Sandy
Don't let the title fool you. Yes, Rome is missing some girls & it's the search for their killer that brings together a disparate set of characters. But this is a book about evil....how we define it & how we react to it.
Say you had a loved on who was murdered & the killer was never caught. You are given the chance to decide their fate. Would you choose justice or revenge? Remain a victim or become an executioner?
This is just one of the thorny issues the characters of this complex nov...more
Bonnie
Wow!! This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It is written in the same vein as Dan Brown's The De Vinci Code and Inferno, but this novel by Donato Carrisi is far superior. Maybe it's because it is a story about Rome actually written by a person who lives there. It was so good, in fact, that I just finished it and it is 3:00 in the morning and I am writing a review.

The main character is Sandra Vega, a forensic analyst with the Rome police department, who is morning the death o...more
Sofia Teixeira
Um 4 bem dado quase a fugir para o 4.5
O Tribunal das Almas é o segundo livro de Donato Carrisi editado pela Porto Editora. Apesar de ainda não ter lido o primeiro livro, O Sopro do Mal, algo me chamou à atenção neste e não resisti em pegar nele e começar a desfolhá-lo. Ainda não tinha chegado à meia centena de páginas e já estava completamente vidrada na história.


Esta começa quando uma médica de plantão e um enfermeiro acorrem a uma chamada de emergência e se deparam com um homem prestes a morre...more
Ana
Depois do fantástico O Sopro do Mal, a curiosidade em torno deste livro era muita e apesar de não estar desiludida, tenho de reconhecer que este O Tribunal das Almas está longe da genialidade do seu livro anterior. A escrita continua irrepreensível, apesar da terrível revisão a que o livro foi sujeito. Se a história já corre o risco de ser confusa, a verdade é que com uma revisão tão pobre em que frases são repetidas e até nomes de personagens são trocados, o leitor tem de ter atenção dobrada ou...more
Vanessa Montês
QUE FINAL!!! Mas que final... não estava nada à espera e fiquei muitíssimo surpreendida, além de que com aquela finalização as arestas do livro que faltavam limar ficaram mais "que limadas"!
Tenho mesmo que ler o primeiro livro do autor (Sopro do Mal). Recomendo!

(mais uma vez... QUE FINAL!!! ahahah)
Ana
Depois do fantástico O Sopro do Mal de Donato Carrisi , a curiosidade em torno deste livro era muita…
O «Tribunal das Almas» é maravilhoso!
Um policial que se monta e desmonta como um puzzle, que nos envolve e nos faz ler sem parar da primeira à última página.
“Deus é silencioso, o Diabo sussurra…”
Khamneithang Vaiphei
The Lost Girls of Rome by Donato Carrisi is a crime thriller with interesting sub-plots that are woven superbly by the master touch of the author to bring out a compelling story with a spectacular conclusion.

A young Italian girl, Lara, has gone missing in Rome. Police investigations reveals striking resemblance to other cases in which girls were abducted and their throats cut after a month of captivity. Marcus and Clemente are on the hunt to find her. They are members of an old secret sect linke...more
Lénia
Gosto disto: um policial que nos enleia, que se monta como um puzzle, que nos baralha, que nos faz duvidar.

Donato Carrisi é mestre. Brinca com o enredo, mostra e esconde na exacta medida necessária para construir uma história coerente, forte, desafiadora, como se querem os bons policiais.

As personagens têm dimensão, são verosímeis, estão muito bem construídas. Todo o plot é ambicioso, mas muito bem conseguido.

A única falha que encontrei foi um detalhe: algures no final fala-se de uma estante...more
Nancy
***½
Interesting concept for a novel woven around priests known as penitenzieri, who act as detectives and investigate mortal sins such as murder. The author combines this with the psychological phenomena of a serial murderer who is a transformer, in other words, he takes on the identity of each of his victims who gradually progress in age as he does. In Carrisi’s novel, the penitenzieri, originally formed to try to understand evil, get caught up in evil itself. While I was intrigued by this co...more
Richard
Jan 30, 2014 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery/Rome/Church lovers
Recommended to Richard by: I read a review
This is an excellent mystery that just keeps getting better the more you read. Mr. Carrisi outdoes Dan Brown with this Roman/Catholic puzzler. It is also a fun travelog of that city.

I am looking forward to more from Italy.
Michael Wilkerson
Donato Carrisi wrote his first novel, Whispers and I knew I had found an author I wanted to follow. Mr. Carrisi then gave us a second helping of excellence with this book.

We follow Sandra Vegas and Marcus on their separate journeys toward more or less the same goal. At times their paths cross but for the most part they each are on their own and what they fine with every step puzzles them, astounds them and is comforting at times and then disquieting. One is a police officer specializing in fore...more
Sheila
Sandra Vega is a forensic photographer with the Rome police force. Her husband was a contract photojournalist whose work often took him into volatile environments. He was found dead several months before the beginning of the book, apparently jumping to his death from a partially constructed building. The death was ruled as accidental but Sandra has had difficulty believing there wasn't foul play involved. She receives a phone call from an investigator requesting a look at her husbands belongings...more
Mella
Klappentext:

»Töte mich« ist in die Brust des Bewusstlosen eintätowiert. Doch eine andere Entdeckung schockiert das Notarztteam in der abgelegenen römischen Villa noch mehr: ein roter Rollschuh – das Andenken des Mörders an sein erstes Opfer, eine junge Frau. Als der Serientäter ins Koma fällt, scheint er seine gerechte Strafe zu erhalten. Doch der stumme Patient hütet ein grausames Geheimnis, denn erneut ist eine junge Frau verschwunden …

Meine Meinung:

Von Donato Carrisi habe ich damals schon den...more
Jennifer Smith
I won this in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I loved this book! The story hooked me from the beginning and never let go. There are several story lines going on at the same time and the author does a great job of keeping all of them exciting and interesting. I cannot believe that I have not heard of this author before. I have already ordered and can't wait to read his other book, The Whisperer. I highly recommend this amazing book.
Cathy
It's been a while since I've read a suspenseful murder mystery. This was great -- very dark and twisty. I was glued to this all day; hard to put down. The story revolves around several story lines that bring together Sandra, a forensic photographer whose husband was murdered; Marcus, a man who has amnesia but is clearly some sort of detective, and a secret (of course) group of priests who are guarding decades of confessions of criminals, and a group of secondary characters who are either killers...more
Elaine Ruth Boe
A murdered love, a driven heroine, a secret society of priests. These are the ingredients for a compelling thriller.

It took a few tracks/chapters for me to fall into the rhythm of the novel--a confusion I attribute in part to listening to it on audio and not being able to see the breaks in point of view and time--but once I did, I was hooked. I listened to this while driving home from New Orleans, so I was able to listen to the bulk of the novel in one sitting, which helped me keep all of the i...more
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Donato Carrisi was born in 1973 and studied law and criminology. Since 1999 he has been working as a TV screenwriter. The Whisperer, Carrisi’s first novel, won him five international literary prizes, has been sold in nearly twenty territories and has been translated into languages as varied as French, Danish, Hebrew and Vietnamese. Carrisi lives in Rome.
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