The Sunday Times Thriller of the Month
by Luca D'Andrea
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 6 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 12 Jan 2022
Quercus Books, MacLehose Press
A haunting thriller drawing on myths, legends and fairy tales, set in a mysterious Italian valley - from Italy's bestselling answer to Stephen King.
It begins with a slap in the face.
Out walking his St Bernard, Tony Carcano is confronted by a girl on a motorbike who shows him a photograph from his past. Of him posing with the body of a young woman. Smiling.
"Why were you laughing?"
It's not the last Tony sees of Sybille Knapp, an orphan whose mother drowned herself in Kreuzwirt lake in 1999. That was the official verdict. Before long, Tony, a bestselling writer, is turning his imagination to working out what really happened.
But Kreuzwirt is a sullen, silent community, loyal to the powerful Perkman family, who will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried. And there are other forces at work in this valley. Stories of an ancient evil. Whispers of a figure who stands between this world and the next.
The Wanderer sings and his song is the wind.
Translated from the Italian by Katherine Gregor
PRAISE FOR LUCA D'ANDREA
"Smart, stylish and extremely scary" - Sunday Mirror
"D'Andrea piles on the action at the atmosphere with the panache of a seasoned writer' - Marcel Berlins, The Times
"Clever, twisty" - Choice Magazine