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La notte delle falene

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  2,297 ratings  ·  225 reviews
Alice è stata uccisa in una mite notte destate. Il suo corpo giaceva nel bosco, a pochi passi dalla casa del suo molestatore. Per lui non cè stato scampo: quella stessa notte lha raggiunto, impietosa, la vendetta del padre della ragazza.

Dieci anni sono andati e quella notte è ancora avvolta nelle tenebre: Alice vuole raccontare la sua storia, la sua vita e soprattutto la
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Published December 1st 2015 by Amazon Publishing
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Dee Arr
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Normally I am able to find some redeeming qualities in a Kindle First book, though The Night of the Moths was a challenge. Heres why:

THE PLOT was not bad, probably one of the stronger elements in the book. I could find justification for most of the actions by the lead characters, even the big stretch at the end when the reveal takes place. Where the book fell apart was in the execution, the pieces that helped everything to make sense. Electronic items, including cell phones, do not just sit
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A good solid thriller from Italy. The plot twist at the end was very good. I really did not see that coming.

Poor old Enrico. From Rome, he gets involved with the tribulations of a small town. The atmosphere of the thriller was claustrophobic and I really enjoyed the plot. Just didn't feel it deserved more than 3 stars.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I won an e-book in a goodreads drawing.

A psychological thriller, told in the present tense, which I found completely irritating.
Malina Skrobosinski
DNF at 78%, I just can't go on.

I'm not sure if something got lost in translation, but this one just wasn't for me. The characters are weak, the storyline is sketchy, it's just all together... well, not put together.

I'm still not clear what the purpose of some of the secondary characters are, they add no value to the novel at all.

Ugh, it's just a mess.
Lorraine McLaughlin
I rarely close a book unless it has been read to the last page; this one proved the exception. Dull, Dark, Murky in style and format. I couldn't care about characters in the tale; they had less substance than the moths. So, sorry for those who loved the book. I did not.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 out of 5

A decent story idea drowned in fluff and melodrama. If you enjoy soap opera subplots, you will love this book. Certain moments are rushed when, by all rights, they should be explored. Then you find yourself flicking through pages of a mother telling her daughter not to swear.

The characters are believable. Some are even likeable. Yet the author employs clumsy techniques to portray them. Then, as if concerned that the reader won't know what he meant by it, Bruni will come out and
Lynda Kelly
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deleted
I selected this for my Kindle First choice for November.....I was torn between this one and another and selected this since it had more pages in the end. However, I really struggled through it. It was all a bit deep and wordy for my liking. Many I saw compare it to Twin Peaks and I hated that with a passion !! So I clearly made the wrong selection.
I stuck with it till the end but I didn't enjoy it much at all. I was pretty shocked by Alice, she wasn't a sympathetic character at all and her
Liz (Quirky Cat)
I received a free copy of the Night of the Moths from the Kindle First program. There is no obligation for me to leave a review, but I am choosing to do so.

The Night of the Moths is a psychological thriller about a murder that had occurred a decade in the past. This is the second of Brunis works that have been translated into English (For those of you that can read Italian, there are more of his works out there for you).

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Jan 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy was this book a mess. At times I was so confused I didnt know whether I was on my head or my heels. First of all, I hated the present tense style which totally got on my nerves. Now I accept Im not brain of Britain but neither am I a slouch and I dont normally have a problem following a storyline but I found with this one I didnt have a scoob who was narrating the story as this kept changing. It zipped backwards and forwards randomly. To say I couldnt follow the tread is an understatement ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes it was a murder mystery but it was fun. Great characters and although you can pretty much figure out what happened early in the story the twists keep you turning pages.
Wasn't bad

I like the ideas around the story but at times it was hard to know which persons point of view it was told from. It could have been a lot better , the characters were not very developed I wasn't attached to any of them.
Victor Galov
The Night of the Moths, in my opinion, is a thrilling, character driven narrative with beautifully written, and well executed present tense mystery. The plot, while engaging enough to keep me invested in the story, really was only there to give reason for our characters to show who they were.

The perspective shifts in this story were very, very interesting to me. The chapters focused on Enrico made me feel I was in Enrico's head, the chapters focused on the John McClane security guard made me
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can't escape secrets. You think you can have secrets, that you can keep them, but in the end they possess you.

The Night of the Moths' plot was intriguing, but I felt the execution fell a little flat. There were moments of extreme dullness, to the point I could set it down for days at a time, but sometimes redemption followed with paragraphs providing action or attention grabbing details. There were some issues with a few details provided (ie. a decade old cellphone that still worked and
Pamela Scott

This is my first time reading the author.

I enjoyed The Night of the Moths. The book is a good thriller with elements of mystery and suspense.

I liked the mystery elements and how the book moves between the present and Annas murder ten years before, gradually revealing the truth about what happened to her. This creates a lot of suspense.

There are some chapters narrated by Anna, presumably by her ghost. This is an interesting idea but doesnt work at all.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Alice was a hopeful young graduate student when, on a beautiful August night, her body was found in the woods. Shell 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, Enricoand 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 ...more
Mike Farrell
Average murder mystery with a little occult thrown in

This book tells the story of a 16 year old girl murdered 10 years ago and how the truth about is finally discovered.

The book goes back and forth between the events 10 years ago and the present. This sometimes makes it difficult to follow the flow of the story.

Enrico, the boyfriend of Alice, the murdered girl, returns to the town where she was murdered after 10 years to sell his old family home, as he has permanently moved to Rome. While
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice, quick read for your monthly Kindle First selection. The murder mystery and small town setting are reminiscent of Twin Peaks (and the show is referenced several times throughout), but those looking for horror with a more supernatural flavor will probably be a bit disappointed.

The translation is excellent, and, unlike some other reviewers, I didn't find the shifting point of view to be overly jarring or disorienting. Though the chapters aren't labeled, a la Game of Thrones, there aren't
Chad Walstrom
Dec 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What do you folks do on Goodreads when you stop reading a book and never intend on finishing it? Do you count it read? Just leave it as is? I picked this book up from Amazon Prime First read for November 2017. I'm on a reading binge, and to keep up the momentum, the books I read need to have a good pace, keep me entertained and engaged, and hook me early. This book did none of those things. The melodramatic prose was boring and the transition between past and present was jarring at best. I ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are portions of the story that are narrated by dead Alice. I think I liked those the most just because she has an interesting stream-of-consciousness style and ruminates on things in a way that could be slow but ends up holding my interest. Unfortunately the point of view and tense (present-day mystery versus past events) shifts get a bit confusing.

The characters help to make up for the confusion. In particular I love a security guard whos a bit too obsessed with the Die Hard movies and
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got this as a Kindle First book. I read this entire thing looking for the point at which I would care about the mystery, and I never really found it. There were some well drawn moments, but much of this book left me feeling emotionally removed. I felt like maybe that was because there were a lot of characters, some of them well formed, but we never got to spend enough time with any one of them to identify with them as much as I think the reader should be able to do. There were also a LOT of ...more
Joy Ramlogan
Ricardo Bruni is a bestselling Italian author and I think maybe the translation did not do him justice. That said, Night of the Moths was well worth persevering through. The premise is that ten years after the death of his girlfriend, Enrico returns to sell his vacation home. The story is told from many perspectives including the dead girl Alice. Words from the dead seem to be gaining in popularity as a device in novels - we have Lincoln in the Bardo and now this book - though this use was ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Caroline Mathews
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, then! This Italian suspense novel is by far the best I've read this spring. The characters are well drawn, the psychological suspense mounts as the action and reaction proceeds. No need for a wordy wrap-up of events on the final page. No need to dazzle the reader with either scientific or historical or archeological knowledge. No need for back-peddling.

And by the way, the award winning translator is a genius. Anne Appel doesn't leave any of the suspense dangling through a loss of the
Lenora Good
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alice is killed. The village idiot 'confesses' to her murder, and in turn is killed by her father. The murder touches many people, and the boyfriend of Alice moves away. He comes back after 10 years, upsetting the villagers, and finds himself in the midst of the murder, which has long been adjudicated. Or has it? How could Alice send texts two weeks after her death?

Alice narrates some of the chapters, so we get a feel for her, as well as those touched by her and her death.

This is a quick read,
Maryann Fitzgerald
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Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat predictable and extremely depressing. Alice dies, the murderer killed and her family and friends ripped apart. 10 years later, her boyfriend at the time, Enrico, returns and discovers some secrets about Alice that lead to uncovering more to the story. The characters were very bland and not fully developed so it was hard to truly care about any of them. Also, the author didnt tell the reader what happened to the characters after it was all said and done so there was nothing to be happy ...more
Janelle Samara
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

I don't often read translated books, but this one sucked me in right away. I love the use of tense and perspective to tell the story. Some parts are first person, present tense, and some are third and past. It was artfully done and I really dug it.

It was also enthralling. I couldn't put it down. I had to know who the killer was. And I never guessed right up until it was revealed. Great twists and an interesting story. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery set in Italy.
Kristine Finocchario
This book was just okay. The story was good, and drew me in, but the writing was a little cumbersome to get through. This novel skipped around between times and perspectives without offering subtitles to guide you to who was speaking or what year it was. I found it confusing to follow. I also despise books when then characters have difficult to pronounce names, and this one takes the cake, however, it was translated, so I will cut him a little slack. Overall, decent read for a free book, but not ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
10 years ago Enricos girlfriend was murdered

Now he is returning to sell the vacation home where he met her prior to buying a new home with his fiancé. Visiting the house he has not returned to in 10 years he has his personal effects returned to him by the rental agent and friend and finds his old cell phone. When he plugs it in to charge he finds 2 messages from Alice, the girl who was murdered, sent after her death. This leads Enrico to back over the events of 10 years ago with surprising
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