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Publisher's Summary

A killer at large in a remote Basque Country valley, a detective to rival Sarah Lund, myth versus reality, masterful storytelling - the Spanish best seller that has taken Europe by storm.

The naked body of a teenage girl is found on the banks of the River Baztán. Less than 24 hours after this discovery, a link is made to the murder of another girl the month before. Is this the work of a ritualistic killer or of the Invisible Guardian, the Basajaun, a creature of Basque mythology?

Thirty-year-old Inspector Amaia Salazar heads an investigation which will take her back to Elizondo, the village in the heart of Basque country where she was born, and to which she had hoped never to return. A place of mists, rain, and forests. A place of unresolved conflicts, of a dark secret that scarred her childhood and which will come back to torment her.

Torn between the rational, procedural part of her job and local myths and superstitions, Amaia Salazar has to fight off the demons of her past in order to confront the reality of a serial killer at loose in a region steeped in the history of the Spanish Inquisition.

©2015 Dolores Redondo (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Has so many facets to it that it becomes utterly compelling" ( Publishing Perspectives)

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buena traducción y buena interpretación

en general está bien, se hace raro pq hay conceptos vascos que no han traducido como "ama" o "aita" pero se entiende muy bien y se diferencia bien a los personajes

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  • K. H. Mackenzie
  • 05-12-18

Superb

Marvellous book as are the other two in the series and wonderful narration by Emma Gregory, as always.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-21-17

Totally absorbing

The vivid descriptions of the Baztan valley were captivatingly brought to life by the reader. Totally engrossing.

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  • Marjorie Barreto-Neto
  • 06-16-18

Excellent

A murder mystery touched with sci-fi/horror. Really who could ask for anything more. And that it was written very well or at least the translation was superb!
The ending did leave one question however, I won’t post it here to avoid spoilers.
It may not be the most violent ridden action packed thriller you’ve ever encountered tho it does have it, but it is suspenseful enough and I, being retired law enforcement, was NOT able to glean who the killer was. An unusual occurrence for me but a welcomed one!
The best advice I can give is to get the book.

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  • Ms AC Blundy-Mortimer
  • 04-22-18

Needs a major rewrite

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better narrator but also the book needs an edit. Okay, a serial killer and dead girls. Meh. Misogynistic and cliched but not the end of the world. Bit of Basque folklore and great stuff about her relationship with her mad mother. But Christ it needs chopping and reworking.

What could Dolores Redondo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Cut most of the mysticism and made the character of James, the American boyfriend, at least vaguely like a real person. Absurdly fictional in all his sympathy and simpering. Also cut the Basque history and folklore lessons. If you can't make it part of the plot, cut it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Emma Gregory’s performances?

Never. Painful, breathless, mystic fairyland voice that makes me want to scream. No characterisation for different people (unless they are specified as having an accent, but even then she does this dreamy delivery that, especially for police staff, is beyond absurd).

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, the actual book isn't bad. Needs work but it's okay. I like the mother stuff.