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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  2,403 ratings  ·  377 reviews
Jeremiah Salinger blames himself.

The crash was his fault. He was the only survivor. Now only his daughter Clara can put a smile on his face. The depression and the nightmares are closing in.

But when he takes Clara to the Bletterbach - a canyon in the Dolomites rich in fossil remains - he overhears by chance a conversation that gives his life renewed focus. In 1985 three st
Hardcover, 393 pages
Published October 19th 2017 by MacLehose Press (first published June 21st 2016)
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This is a brilliant thriller translated from the Italian, set amidst the spectacular location of the Italian Dolomites in the Alto Adige, in the South Tyrol, an area I am familiar with and adore. New Yorker Jeremiah Salinger and his partner, Mike, famous for their 'Road Crew' features are hoping for the same success with their new documentary on a local Italian Helicopter Mountain Rescue Service. Jeremiah has recently located to Alto Adige, close to Siebenhoch, with his wife, Annelies, who grew ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initially, something wasn’t sitting with me quite right. I decided to give it my usual fifty pages but then I continued to read and realized that it just has a very slow start but picks up momentum. The narrator, a documentary film maker called Salinger, moves his small family from New York to his wife’s hometown in the Dolomite mountains of Northeastern Italy where the inhabitants are more Austrian than Italian. Salinger has a tragic accident and suffers from PTSD as a result. He learns about t ...more
Zuky the BookBum
I was really looking forward to this book because I’d seen loads of great reviews for it, unfortunately I did not enjoy this for a number of reasons… let me explain.

I want to start off this review on a positive note. I did initially enjoy this book. It was slow to take off and the accident in the Bletterbach was gone in seconds (when it seemed like such an important part of the plot!) but the mystery of the years old Bletterbach killings did grab my interest quite quickly and I was looking forwa
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Translated fiction
4 stars
This is a somewhat unusual book. It opens with an American tv documentary producer, Salinger, following an alpine rescue crew in the Italian Dolomite Alps and nearly getting killed by taking risks. Then we follow him as he recovers from the psychological trauma and he decides he has to occupy his time by investigating some unsolved murders in 1985, over 30 years ago. He is dealing with nightmares and flashbacks to his time in the ice crevasse with a sound in his brain that he calls "The B
Colleen Fauchelle
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-favorites
a very good story for when you are stuck at home with a coldy flu.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, thriller

What better time to read a book set in a mountainous region than when you’re actually in the mountains yourself? Admittedly it was a different region but still, what’s the difference between the Alps and the Dolomites. They’ve both got pointy bits and bad weather.

I was hoping for an interesting mystery set in a small mountain village set over the decades but what I got felt like a cheap copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, only this wasn’t written anywhere near as well as that. The murde
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very slow to get going. Was slowly being built to a big reveal but was let down by the end. Could've been the translation that made it seem a little long and boring in places.
Abby Slater- Fairbrother
WOW! This novel is so much more in-depth than its synopsis! At the beginning I found the novel to be rather, slow burning and jumps from one event to another. However, once it gets going it is HIGHLY addictive!
The characterisation is brilliant, you slowly warm to protagonist, Jeremiah Salinger. But once he had me, I was completely gripped at watching the plot unravel, through Jeremiah’s eyes!

Jeremiah Salinger, known as Salinger. Is married to the beautiful Annelise and has a young daughter Clar
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A magnificent thriller that made me lose many hours of sleep. The book started off by swerving close to the horror/paranormal genre (for just a chapter) but then becomes a mystery/thriller that is really excellent. By the end of the book Luca D'Andrea will have you jumping at shadows. The mystery was beautifully unfolded and surprises abound. Anyone who enjoyed Michael Koryta's Last Words will love this book. Huge kudos to the translator who did a seamless job. Now I need to go research somethin ...more
Jan 2018 My Book Box selection.

D'Andrea does a very good job with setting and atmosphere. It's just that the women are either virgins or whores, soley there to be a plot point for the men in the book. The narrator's wife does not have a full fledged conversation with him until half way in, and seems solely there to be servicing the main character, who does not fly as an American. What American would describe his friend's face as being bruised so it looked like the Scottish flag? And the big reve
"That's how it always is. In the ice, first you hear the voice of the Beast, then you die."

A wild and dangerous place. A gruesome 30-year old murder that has never been solved. A small town with lots of secrets and many different allegiances. A stranger, who becomes obsessed with solving the mystery. What more can you want from a book? D’Andrea skilfully incorporates each of those subjects into his intriguing novel The Mountain, set in the rugged and beautiful region of the Dolomite Mountains in
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG, where do I even begin?! What a terrifying, dark, twisted and suspenseful read!

I read this book in the course of a few days, and I had chills and goosebumps all over me the moment I picked up this book and started to read. It was a very new and weird sensation for me. I don’t tend to get scared by a book (I mean come on, they are fiction, right...?!), but this one seriously creeped me out big time! There is just something so raw and real about the writing and the story, it seriously messed w
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF. I give up. Too slow, I don't care or understand any of the characters. It just doesn't grab me enough to continue.
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An okay story and I surely wanted to know the end.
But I couldn't really get friends with the main charactere who balances between a hard-boiled detective and an oh-so understanding-softie-of-a-man. It would have been nicer if he had a clear path here - and honestly I could hardly stand his daughter! No kid with the age of 5 is so smart-alec and I can't imagine a kid that age counting letters in words....this didn't make sense to me.
But apart from that - an okay crime novel...
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was incredibly... slow.
Meagan Chancellor
Luca D'Andrea's 'The Mountain' wasn't what I expected. But that's okay! It turned out to be something I never knew I needed.

After a mountain rescue goes wrong, Jeremiah Salinger is left with a good dose of survivor's guilt in addition to some hardcore PTSD. It's only when he becomes obsessed with an unsolved murder that he finds the drive for life once again, but at what cost?

It's a bit of a slow burn of a book, set in a tiny European town. Locals joke that you can live there for decades withou
Pablo Moran
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is all about the Bletterbach, the scariest place in the planet, where secrets lay hidden beneath layers of dirt and stone. And it all comes down to a fast-paced, breathtaking thriller.

Luca D'Andrea starts slow, introducing the main character, Jeremiah Salinger, and a bit of his personal story: family, work, aspirations, fears. Meanwhile, the setting is beautifully described, painting a perfect scenario of the Italian Dolomites and all of South Tyrol. I could breathe the fresh air by reading
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I first started the book in audio format on audible. I couldn't connect with the narrator and stopped listening and I did go to pick another audio but decided to give The Mountain a chance the old fashioned way and the read the hardback, Thank goodness I did, it would have been a  mistake of epic proportions if I hadn’t dived in.

For a debut novel, it’s breathtaking. I’ve never read a book with so many layers.Stories within stories. Don’t get the wrong idea it flows beautifully and it's not compl
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeremiah Salinger was an award winner screenwriter. Whilst looking for a subject for a new series he goes on a 'shout' with the Dolomite Mountain rescue. He is the only survivor of a tragic accident that leaves him with PTSD, nightmares & depression. His daughter Clara is the only one who can bring a smile to his face. The family now live near the border between Austria and Italy in the savage beauty of the mountains.

On an outing to a visitor centre to the Bletterbach - an area rich in fossi
Tanja Berg
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An American film documentary maker, Jeremiah Salinger, is in the little village in Italy where his wife comes from. After an accident during his last documentary, he self medicates by investigating the brutal murder of three people locals in 1985. It's a small village and this is met with intense disapproval from the locals.

This book exceeded my expectations by having an unusually compelling main character. Salinger, for all his faults, has an endearing relationship with his daughter Clara. Ther
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A compelling read for sure and extremely immersive. 4-4.5 stars.

Andy Weston
I haven’t read a ‘thriller’ for a while, and this attracted me because of itssetting, in the Italian Alps, and the summary of the plot.
There are parts of the book which are compelling and what I had hoped for, but there are others which let it down, the usual sort of thing, the story being stretched out, and a lack of character development in the surrounding cast.
An amazing beginning, a bit slow in the middle but then the story twist and turns and I couldn't stop listening. If you like snow and ice, old buried secrets and a horrible murder, then this is for you.
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This time my travels in crime fiction took me to a book set in Italy. It setting I have yet to spend much time in. I'm not really sure why you would think that this would be a rich gold mine to delve into. When I first saw the cover for this book I kind of dismissed it I thought it was a book about mountain climbing or some such similar subject. It wasn't till I flicked it over and read the description that my interest was peaked. Firstly as I previously said it was a setting I wasn't to famili
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Much of Luca D’Andrea’s thriller, BENEATH THE MOUNTAIN, does not ring true. The main flaws seem to be characters whose motivations are not very believable and an outcome that seems to arise from out of nowhere. Translated novels can be problematic, but these issues seem intrinsic. Jeremiah Salinger, a documentary film whiz, escapes a multiple fatality accident caused by an avalanche, but strangely concludes that the deaths were entirely his fault. The unusual way he choses to cope with his case ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Copy received from the publishers for honest review.

This was masterful. Every element from characters to atmosphere to the perfectly paced plot was so wonderfully created. This is a book I can tell I am going to be fanatical about. I went in almost blind to this which I think worked out pretty well. The first chapter was a tad disorienting but it was to great effect in the end.

The characters Luca D'Andrea created felt so very, very real. Their inter
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017

The Mountain is a book that I just couldn't put down. It's a fast paced thriller set in the small Italian village of Siebenhoch, nestled amongst the backdrop of the Italian Dolomites. I loved every single page.

From the moment I read the blurb and the above tag line, I just wanted to dive on in, and from the very first sentence I found myself in this world of ice, old stories and of course, the deep canyons.

The Mountain is told from Jeremi
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beneath the Mountain by Luca D'Andrea is a tense and atmospheric thriller that blends noire mystery with cultural superstition. In a small community in the Italian Mountains, the truth of a triple murder unsolved for thirty years comes to light.

Jeremiah Salinger was once an up and coming documentary film maker, but a tragic accident that left many dead haunts him now. Leaving the tragedy behind him, Salinger moves his family to the remote area of Italy where his wife Annelise grew up. The mounta
This is a fast paced and engaging read as Salinger, curious by nature cannot resist the lure of the mystery of the murders, nearly 30 years previous.  An outsider in the community, not helped by the accident or Salinger’s subsequent delving, this story captures the hostility of the landscape, replicated in the different characters who range from warm and welcoming to dangerous, secretive and aggressive.
This book has a lot going on, the plot is intricate with a number of hypothesis offered prior
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