People used to come to the small Greek island of Palassos for the historic ruins. Now they come to take drugs and party all night. But the horrific ritual murder of a boy in the grounds of an old monastery brings back memories of two similar deaths in the mid-1970s, and of a mysterious cult who once dwelt in the island's interior, memories the island has tried hard to forget.
As Nikos, the police chief who has been persuaded back to his home island for the final years of his career, begins his investigation, two Brits arrive on the island: the best-selling crime writer Kitty Carson, on a break from the pressures of work and her strained marriage, and Jason, an aspiring writer with a secret of his own. When a second body is discovered - further endangering the island's lucrative tourist trade - these three characters are thrown together, as the gruesome secrets of the past begin to emerge.
Brilliantly paced, and featuring a memorable cast of characters, The Black Monastery is a blistering portrait of paradise gone wrong.
Stav Sherez is a freelance journalist and music critic.
©2009 Stav Sherez (P)2013 Audible Ltd
"A complex tale of greed, guilt and lust" (Sunday Telegraph)
"A dark, disgusting, disquieting tale" (Literary Review)
I wish I had known the violence against children this book holds. I would not have chosen this book having known that information.
No. I think this could have been a good story, however, I dislike themes that include child violence and sexual torture. Having that as a theme in this book, I would not listen to other works by this author expecting similar unwelcome surprises.
"Exciting story, very well read"
The setting on the Greek island is very well described and adds to the tone and pace of the narrative. The description of the 3 main characters is full and rounded and makes them sympathetic and believable.
I don't think there was any one moment that stood out for me, rather I liked the way I was drawn into the mystery and the way that the past and present were drawn together.
Very well read. He did an excellent job of differentiating between the characters.
Despite the loud drunken tourists, it made me want to go and visit a Greek island.
"Exciting story, pleasantly narrated :)"
Pleasant voice, clear and distinct speech. It's not stressful because it seems as if he knows the story.
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