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El silencio de la ciudad blanca

(Trilogía de la Ciudad Blanca #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  14,887 ratings  ·  1,909 reviews
Veinte años después, cuando Tasio, el brillante arqueólogo condenado por los asesinatos está a punto de salir de prisión en su primer permiso, los crímenes se reanudan de nuevo: una pareja de veinte años aparece muerta y desnuda por la picadura de abejas en la garganta en la emblemática Catedral Vieja de Vitoria. Poco después, otra pareja de veinticinco años es asesinada e ...more
Kindle Edition, 433 pages
Published April 12th 2016
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Crime by the Book
5/5 stars for this outstanding serial killer thriller! This book casually became one of my favorite books of 2020. The Silence of the White City is a layered, complex crime novel that transports readers to the Basque country, and into the heart of a very chilling investigation. Following a police officer who goes by the nickname "Kraken," The Silence of the White City moves between past and present, and into the lore and mythology of the Basque region. Dark and sometimes quite grotesque ...more
Sarah-Hope
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, edelweissplus
I'm delighted to say that Eva García Seáenz de Urturi's The Silence of the White City is volume one in a trilogy, because once you read this title you'll find yourself wanting more—and if you're like me, you'll be hoping the translation process goes quickly and smoothly.

The basic premise is this: a series of killings from twenty years ago appears to be starting again in Vitoria, a city in the Basque region of Spain. But the man convicted for those earlier killings is just about to be released on
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Mara
It's hard for me to rate this book, because I think the major thing dragging it down was the translation (at least, judging by how highly the book was rated when it was originally released, I'm thinking that was the issue). I was constantly dragged out of the story because the prose just did not flow smoothly to an English speaking ear. That truly was a bummer, because this story gave me major Dan Brown thriller kind of vibes, and I think there's a ton of people who would enjoy that kind of plot ...more
Dea
Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2,5
This thriller and mystery book was somewhere between it was okay but I'm not sure I like it.
It was interesting to read about some other setting and the descriptions of a Basque region and the town of Vitoria where the murders take place are amazing. Those kind of historical details are always a plus with me. Also the shift between present and past was nicely done and it made this story even more twisty that it was at the beginning with the ritualistic double murders.
Why then the rating isn't
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Xavier Hugonet
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
The Silence of the White City, by Eva García Sáenz is the English version of an amazing spanish thriller, El Silencio de la Ciudad Blanca, and the first part of the author trilogy of La Ciudad Blanca. However, it can be read as a standalone, with a definite ending. No cliffhanger or plot points left hanging.

This book has been a major bestseller in Spanish speaking countries, and rightfully so. It has been masterfully translated by Nick Caistor, who is to be lauded for this work. He took great c
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Elaine
Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Silence of the White City.

I love mysteries, especially when it features a serial killer, so I was excited when my request was approved.

** Minor spoilers ahead **

Inspector Unai López de Ayala is still grieving the loss of his wife and unborn child when a series of ritualistic murders in his town of Vitoria occur, similar to the ones that shocked the town 20 years ago.

The problem is, the murderer is already in prison.

As Ayala and his loyal partner
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Denise
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"This is where your hunt ends and mine begins."

Although this book has been on my TBR list for some time, I have been burnt out by crime thrillers recently and had skipped past it until I found myself on Goodreads one evening. I was checking out reviews for the titles on my shelf when I came upon one for this novel that mentioned that there was a Netflix film of the same name. Now, I'm a sucker for movie adaptions based on books I've read, and I almost always insist on reading the book first. In
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Barbara Heckendorn
(4½)
This is a great start to a trilogy set in Vitoria in the Basque Country of Spain.
Inspector Unai Lopez de Ayala, also known as octopus, is called to the old cathedral by his colleague Estíbaliz Ruiz de Gauna (Esti) because two bodies have been found that resemble a series of murders twenty years ago. Since the alleged murderer (Tasio) is about to be released, he cannot have carried out this murder. Who else was it? Unai is jailed via Twitter to speak to Tasio. Unai doesn't trust Tasio and is
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Robert Intriago
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, mystery
After watching a set of three movies in Netflix called The Baztan trilogy I decided to read some book dealing with the Basque region of Spain. The Baztan trilogy takes place in Elizondo and Pamplona, Spain. This book takes place in Vitoria, Spain, the capital of the Basque Region. Inspector Ayala is confronted with a serial killer that has taken a 20 year hiatus in the spree of crime. The original perpetrator is in jail. Is Ayala dealing with a copycat or somebody acting at the direction of the ...more
Meredith Rankin
To be honest, I’d forgotten that I had requested this book when the publisher approved me. When I saw that the book was 480 pages long, I groaned. My TBR list is long and I wasn’t looking forward to reading a long book that I’d requested impulsively and now suspected to be more literary than was good for it.

All that to say: I started reading in a grudging, grouchy, grumbling mood.

And within a page or two, that mood vanished. Eva Garcia Saenz lured me into her story. Though I’d intended to read o
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Sneha
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved reading this book. Set in the Basque region and drawing from Basque myths, geography and way of life, The Silence was a ribeting thriller. It kept an even pace for 500+ pages and time just flew. I was very much invested in the main characters, especially the detectives and loved their character arc. The world building was perfect and i could feel i was in Vitoria with our detectives and get a feel of the city. I am now waiting for the next two books in this series to be translat ...more
Yoly
May 03, 2021 added it
I've seen a few reviews saying that this book is boring, so I think it's important to point out that this is a slow-burn thriller (is that even a thing?) because popular thrillers these days usually grab you from the first page, and I don't think that's the case with this one, or at least, it wasn't for me. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't boring or anything, it was very interesting and I think the author just wanted to take her time developing the setting and the characters, and I'm glad she did. ...more
Zizeloni
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read some crime novels lately and this was the best. Set in Spain, in a city that sounds very picturesque and a serial killer with pagan style.
It was a page turner. I liked how the main character was personally involved in the case. There was a love story, which I liked. The setting is very good, not only the beautiful city (which now I want to visit) but also the nearby villages.

What I didn't like were some medical extremities mentioned - possible cases but very rare. Also there was a huge e
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Kathi
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller, 2021
I have a hard time rating this because I do find a lot of flaws in this (really unnecessary weird-ass romance subplot, don't care much about the main characters, a lot of convenient plot turns and very obvious plot conveniences to delay giving important information), but I was still engaged enough by the main mystery plot that I kept turning the pages eager to find out what was going on. So because despite all this the book still kept me interested and worked well as a crime novel - which is, af ...more
Wanda
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, real-books
7 JAN 2021 - a very good read. The characters are each very well-fleshed out, the City and surrounding areas become important parts of the story, and the storyline itself has enough twists, turns, and red herrings to keep me guessing right up to the end. I am anxiously awaiting Nos. 2 and 3 due out this year.
Laurie Enos
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What an epic journey! There is a serial killer in Vitoria, Spain, but who is it?

This book is filled with mystery, intrigue and twists and turns I didn't see coming! I am not familiar with Spain and there was a lot cultural references I was not familiar with. It took me a bit to get into the rhythm of the story. I was hooked instantly when I read the prologue, Definitely a book that I will remember!
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Maria
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
damn. i’ve never seen this many plot twists in a thriller before. so good!
Elodia
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Angel 一匹狼
Apr 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
'Bazofia'

English translation: junk, trash, rubbish, worthless....

I think I got my point across.

"El silencio de la ciudad blanca" is one of the worst books I have ever read, up there with "The Alchemist", "La tristeza del samurái" or "Hypnotisören". Probably only the first two are even worse. A random bunch of words put together in sentences that sometimes are coherent, with horrible (in all senses) characters, no plot, stupid as (up to you to put a comparison here) plot twists, horrible writing
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Morgan Ellsworth
Not sure about the amount of stars for this book. One the one hand, the language is a tad too flowery and dramatic to my taste; the characters are pretty stereotypically male or female; and a number of plot points have been so overdone (why does a woman with an unborn child in their stomach die in literally every thriller (series) I've read in the past year? I'm not even kidding, this is a plot point in at least 3 of the series I read). That said, I really enjoyed the Basque environment, and the ...more
Karen
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best thing I have read in a very, very, very long time. I devoured it. Perfect. (Spain)
Jacqie
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review.

I really enjoyed this mystery, set in the Basque country of northern Spain, and am looking forward to the sequels being released in English. What I probably enjoyed most was the setting and the air of mysticism about the mystery.

"Kraken", a detective in Vitoria, can remember when a serial murderer struck fear into the heart of the city twenty years earlier. Eight people were killed in pairs and then positioned in the nude with thei
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Anjana
Apr 27, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a translated work that I picked up on a whim. It is the first in a series, although it references an older crime and also a connection between the lead protagonist and the probable villain. During the course of the current narrative, a very (seemingly) random story of the past is unravelling. The language of the narration was a translation, which meant that parts of the story flow while the other parts seem a little abrupt.
We have a serial killer on the loose, and a man was jailed for th
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Ann
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people looking for a Spanish-language mystery
Shelves: mystery, spanish
A very competent serial-killer type mystery set in Vitoria, a city in Basque country in Spain, written by a local.

Vitoria is shocked by the murder of a young man and woman, just before the start of the exuberant annual Festival. Inspector Ayala and his colleague Esti are dismayed to find that the crime scene displays all the hallmarks of a series of murders that terrorized Vitoria twenty years ago ... and whose perpetrator has been in prison for two decades. Is this a copycat at work? Ayala vis
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Tina Wright
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED The Silence of the White City, an engrossing novel that hit all of my sweet spots. First and foremost, the mystery at the heart of the novel pulled me in, built at a steady pace and kept me turning pages to see what happened next and if my theories were correct. Secondly, this was a book that asked me to think and learn as I read. Having never visited the Basque Country, I found myself Googling the numerous historic sites integral to this story as I read, and subsequently finished the bo ...more
Suzi McGhie
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. This book was slow going for me in the beginning and I almost gave up on it. I think because of the long foreign names and locations, it was a bit difficult for me to keep track of who was who and what was what. I hadn’t even realized that the story was being told in two timelines until about half way into it. I’m so glad I stuck with it, though, because the action picked up and it became an exciting, intriguing mystery! Loved the characters, their interactions, the atmosphere, and th ...more
Willo Font
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m not sure if this is out in English, but I highly recommend every nailbiting page of the book right to the end. It took me a while to finish it because I kept stopping throughout the book and going to Google to take a look athe medieval town in Spain where the it takes place. For sure it will be the next one in your bucket list.
ThereWillBeBooks
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compelling thriller and murder mystery with interesting characters, with fully developed back stories that leaves you reading late into the night. Our main character, Kraken, is a highly capable detective but not short on trauma, and self doubt. The author, smartly roots the book in the vibrant cultural scene of Vitoria, Spain, adding in sights and sounds of the city to make you wish you were visiting. First book in a trilogy of books, the other two look to be translated and released in the fo ...more
Martha Steele
I feel bad that I didn't love this as much as some of my other book friends. The audio of this book was just too hard for me to follow. Many of the names were confusing and I couldn't keep the characters straight
I may have liked it more had I read the hard copy.
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Will Hoyer
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book totally hooked me like few books have. BUT then 300 pages into it 32 pages were missing out of the edition I was reading. I still plowed ahead and finished but I know I missed some good stuff!
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I was born in Vitoria in 1972 and live in Alicante since he was fifteen.

I have a Bachelor's degree in Optometry and a Master's degree in Optometry and Visual Coaching by the CEO.

For ten years I held various management positions in the optical sector, where I served as Regional Director of Carrefour Optical Levante and previously as Director of two Optical Carrefour establishme
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