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The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi
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Jan 19, 2012

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bookshelves: january-2012-reading-list, arc, serial-killers
Read from January 16 to 18, 2012

"Stations .
It's strange, thought Mila. While for the rest of the world they're only a place you pass through, for some they're a terminus. They stop there and they don't leave again. Stations are a kind of ante-hell, where lost souls congregate in the hope that someone will come and collect them.
An average of twenty to twenty-five individuals disappear every day. Mila knew the statistic very well. All of a sudden these people vanish without warning, without a suitcase. As if they had dissolved into nothing."

"But you're not the only one who can get into people's minds...Lately I've learned a lot about serial killers. I've learned that they're divided into four categories: visionaries, missionaries, hedonists and power seekers...But there's a fifth kind: they're called subliminal killers."

The synopsis covers well what the story is about so there is no need for me to fill you in.
Basically missing girls 6 and found arms 5. The search for the killer is on and the whole uncovering of a pedophile network and using sixth sense to track the killer adds an edge to the story. This is a debut novel so you have to give the author the credit for capturing worldwide attention. The translation I do feel in this instance loses the writing prose. There are good sections of writing and other sections that don't quite match the flow of the story. If the story was tighter and had a faster motion of events it would have been a more better read..
There is a mention of a prisoner with strange behavioural patterns and that a few killers could be involved. The silence of the lambs link some readers have mentioned could have stemmed from that set up of the story, though the writing is not in the same quality as Thomas Harris.
There is a hook here that keeps you reading, due to the want of the identity of the perpetrator.
Review also here.
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