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

Sandra Vega, a forensic analyst with the Roman police department, mourns deeply for a marriage that ended too soon. A few months ago, in the dead of night, her husband, an up-and-coming journalist, plunged to his death at the top of
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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Mulholland Books (first published September 1st 2011)
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Nikoleta
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Ανατρεπτικό, καθηλωτικό, πρωτότυπο, ένα πάζλ που χτίζεται με επιμέλεια και απίστευτη υπομονή. Έψαχνα καθόλη τη διάρκεια της ανάγνωσης να βρω μια τρύπα, τόσες λεπτομέρειες τόση ανάλυση…δεν βρήκα τρύπα ούτε λάθος, όλα ήταν σουπερ οργανωμένα απο την αρχή μέχρι το τέλος, πραγματικα ο Carrisi τα δουλεύει τα βιβλία του, οχι αστεία. Η αφήγηση είναι τριτοπρόσωπη από την οπτική γωνία των ηρώων, τον Μάρκους, την Σάντρα και ένα τρίτο πρόσωπο που μέχρι το κλείσιμο της ιστορίας δεν έχουμε ιδέα ποιος είναι ή ...more
Arwen56
Dec 28, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Beatriz
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Buenísimo!! Ya había leído de este autor su primera novela Lobos que me sorprendió gratamente, pero en este libro Donato Carrisi se supera ofreciendo una historia contundente.

Usando saltos en el tiempo para presentar e ir develando los acontecimientos, requiere que el lector se involucre de manera total con el relato; no es confuso, pero demanda tu atención.

Un estilo literario inmejorable, acompañado de personajes impecables, nos sumerge en una historia en que nada es lo que parece, donde el bi
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Diane S ☔
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Madeline Dahlman
Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Mariana
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Só tenho a dizer: muito obrigada senhor Carrisi!
Cria histórias fantásticas, tão bem elaboradas e com horrores que conseguem sempre deixar-me de boca aberta. Que posso dizer? Adoro os livros deste senhor, simplesmente adoro! Consegue ligar tudo e deixa-me parvinha com a revelação. Para além de que gostei também de aprender sobre o Tribunal das Almas e de andar pelas ruas de Roma durante a leitura. Só gostava de poder ter o próximo livro, mas infelizmente ainda não está traduzido. Que triste.
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
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Teresa Proença
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e5, n-italia
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
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Maria Aravani
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Τόσο σκοτεινό και μυστήριο όσο δείχνει! Ο συγγραφέας μπήκε στους αγαπημένους! Τέλος!
Μην το αμελήσετε εάν σκουντουφλήυσετε πάνω του, είναι καθηλωτικό!
Filipa
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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A Miuda Geek
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Mais um policial de se lhe tirar o chapéu!

Em primeiro lugar, este autor tem uma licenciatura em Criminologia, o que que dá uma autenticidade ao descrever cenas de crimes e procedimentos que é sempre agradável de ler, com pormenores sem serem aborrecidos, mas descritos por quem os conhece bem ao ponto de nos conseguir fazer a nós, leigos na matéria, compreender.

Como descrever o enredo? Tem várias histórias, algumas a serem contadas no presente, algumas no passado, mas bem demarcadas, de modo que
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Ελενη Ηλιαδου
📕📕📕 Η άποψη μου 📕📕📕

Τιτλος: Το δικαστήριο των ψυχών

Ένα καταπληκτικό βιβλίο από αυτά που κλείνοντας το σε αφήνουν με πολλούς προβληματισμούς και σκέψεις!
Έχοντας διαβάσει το πρώτο μυθιστόρημα του Ντονατο Καριζι με τίτλο Ο υποβολέας ήμουν σίγουρη ότι και το δεύτερο θα με ανταμείψει και δεν έπεσα έξω.
Σε αυτό το βιβλίο έχουμε να κάνουμε με μια υπόθεση που επιτέλους ξεχωρίζει από τα περισσότερα του είδους που περιέχουν στοιχεία αστυνομικά συνδυάζοντας τα με θρησκευτικά κομμάτια χωρίς όμως να κουράζει
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Patricio
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Good always has a price, Marcus. Evil comes free.

The corpse opened his eyes, that's how this hell of a book begins.
Mystery, intrigue and surprise is what The Lost Girls of Rome brings since the first pages and has until the very last word.

A young girl has disappeared in Rome, and Marcus and Clemente, members of the Penitenzeri, are working on the case. Sandra, a forensics expert who recently widowed, is also working on it, and she finds out some clues about her husband's death, left by him, that
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Bonnie
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Mohikanos
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Άλλο ένα καταπληκτικό βιβλίο από τον Καρίζι, ο οποίος θεωρώ ότι μπορεί να συμπεριληφθεί στη λίστα με τους καλύτερους σύγρονους συγγραφείς θρίλερ. Σε αυτό το βιβλίο καταπιάνεται με δύο άγνωστα στο ευρύ κοινό γεγονότα, και δημιουργεί μια ιστορία που εκτυλίσσεται με ταχύτατους ρυθμούς, χωρίς να κάνει κοιλιά, με συνεχείς ανατροπές και καταλήγει σε ένα απρόσμενο τέλος, όταν όλα νομίζεις πως έχουν κριθεί πολλές σελίδες πριν. Βέβαια, θεωρώ τον "Υποβολέα" καλύτερο σαν βιβλίο, αλλά και μόνο η δυναμική συ ...more
Joana
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Carla Faleiro
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: os-despachados, papel
Muito, muito bom! O segundo livro que li de Carrisi e achei fantastico!
Ficamos presos na leitura durante todo o livro e com uma sensação de friozinho no estomago. Sem duvida que é um autor para continuar a seguir.
Margarida
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um GRANDE livro!
Um escritor fantástico! Uma leitura extremamente rica!
Uma experiência memorável!
Adorei!
Recomendo!
Kristine Brancolini
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Dolceluna
Eh no. No. Avevo iniziato "Il tribunale delle anime" da un paio d'ore quando già avevo intuito che non sarebbe stato quello che avevo sperato. In meno di cento pagine l'autore riesce a infilare l'iniziale ritrovamento di un cadavere (forse suicida) con la scritta "Uccidimi" sul petto, la trama (principale?) della scomparsa di una ragazza probabilmente ad opera di un serial killer che ha già fatto strage di ragazze sgozzate, l'anomala strage di una famiglia fotografata da una fotorilevatrice dell ...more
Tempo de Ler
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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-nos constantemente, com rara mestria; apimenta-nos o interesse a cada frase perturbadora...surpreende-nos co
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Arybo ✨
No. Confusione a gogo all'inizio, frasi profonde messe ad ogni pagina come se si trattasse di un libro più filosofico che thriller, un personaggio femminile bello a cui ci si potrebbe affezionare, ma che perde sempre la scena a causa dei capitoli su Marcus. Non mi ha entusiasmato la trama, perché troppo frammentaria e mescolata. Speravo in qualcosa di meglio rispetto a Il Suggeritore, ma a quanto pare anche qui i personaggi vanno avanti grazie a idee illuminanti giunte da chissà dove e prive di ...more
Christine
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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
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Babete
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! ;)
Vaso
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mystery, suspens and horrible crimes makes reader not want to leave this book off of his hands!!
Ricardo Mendes
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tenho
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
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Michael Kotsarinis
It's an interesting read although at points the plot slows down considerably. At first the plot seems a bit too fragmented but as it progresses more and more things fall into place and the story lines finally become clear and meet towards the end. Despite this book being the first in a series there are not unanswered questions concerning the book's plots. All that remains is the characters that carry on and noone will feel obliged to proceed in the series in order to tie up loose ends. So it's s ...more
Giulia
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
O mammina Donatoo ma perché ? Perché?Era così bello il suggeritore
Cátia Santos
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5*! Donato Carrisi é realmente um fenómeno! :)
Fabi
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um livro bom com uma história bem explorada!
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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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“Yet he knew things he would have preferred not to know. Things about men and the evil they do. Things so terrible as to make anyone's confidence waver, and contaminate anyone's heart forever. He looked at the people around him, people who lived without that burden of knowledge, and envied them.” 3 likes
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