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text 2019-01-12 21:14
Finished it!
Kill the Angel: A Novel (Caselli and Torre Series) - Sandrone Dazieri

I think this was better than the first book, but there were definitely some rambly moments that could have been dispensed with without losing anything. And there was still quite a bit of telling rather than showing, though this could be down to the translation from the Italian rather than lazy writing.

 

But I enjoyed it, and thanks to the enormous cliffhanger ending, I will definitely pick up the third book when it's published.

 

 

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text 2019-01-06 00:22
Happily 2019 is starting out with a 5 star read for me!
Kill the Queen - Jennifer Estep

This book hit all the sweet spots for me.

 

I'll have some progresses and a review to share later.

 

Not a cheerful or happy tale, but a durn good read for a year that started on a sour note with a criminal stalker again profiting from the crime and lots of other internet nastiness.

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text 2019-01-04 14:41
Reading progress update: I've read 253 out of 464 pages.
Kill the Angel: A Novel (Caselli and Torre Series) - Sandrone Dazieri

There was enough to like about Kill the Father for me to pick up the second book in what Dazieri has stated will be a series.

 

And I think this one is better than the first. Mainly because it is more tightly edited. Kill the Father had a tendency to wander off with long descriptions that didn't really add to the plot, but Kill the Angel starts with a bang and so far it hasn't let up.

 

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text 2019-01-03 14:21
Kill the Angel: A Novel (Caselli and Torre Series) - Sandrone Dazieri

In Rome, a high-speed train hurtles into the city’s main station with a carriage full of dead bodies, the macabre discovery of which falls to Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli. Subsequently, the police receive a claim of responsibility and the threat of more murders to come. But neither Caselli nor her eccentrically brilliant ally, Dante Torre, are yet ready to buy the terrorist link. As the two maverick investigators puncture the façade of what the perpetrator wants everyone to believe, they come close to dying several times. Not for the first time, Dante’s bizarre childhood, during which he was kept confined for years in a concrete silo, enables him to see what others miss, and in this case, to connect with a kindred spirit of sorts, a woman named Giltine who experienced an equally bizarre childhood from which she emerged damaged, lethal, and full of murderous intent. Adding to Giltine’s eerie fierceness is that, as the victim of a rare mental illness, she believes she’s already dead. She’s unacquainted with fear. And that makes her the most formidable foe Colomba and Dante have faced yet. As the story climaxes, the duo finds themselves utterly on their own, on the outs with law enforcement and the only ones with a chance to make sure the waters of Venice don’t turn red with blood.

 

Diving straight into book 2.

 

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text 2018-12-30 20:34
Reading progress update: I've read 224 out of 512 pages.
Kill the Father: A Novel - Sandrone Dazieri

When a woman is beheaded in a park outside Rome and her six-year-old son goes missing, the police see an easy solution: they arrest the woman’s husband and await his confession. But the chief of Rome’s major crimes unit has doubts.

Secretly, he lures to the case two of Italy’s top analytical minds: Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from having survived a bloody catastrophe, and Dante Torre, a man who spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo. Fed by the gloved hand of a masked kidnapper who called himself “the Father,” Dante emerged from his ordeal with crippling claustrophobia but, also, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and hyperobservant capacities.

All evidence suggests that the Father is back and active after being dormant for decades. But when Colomba and Dante begin following the ever-more-bizarre trail of clues, they grasp that what’s really going on is darker than they ever imagined.

 

Really enjoying this one.

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