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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,550 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donato Carrisi Narrator: Carol Monda Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A gripping literary thriller and smash bestseller that has taken Italy, France, Germany and the UK by storm

Six severed arms are discovered, arranged in a mysterious circle and buried in a clearing in the woods. Five of them appear to belong to missing girls between the ages of eight and eighteen. The sixth is yet to be identified. Worse still, the girls’ bodies, alive or dead, are nowhere to be found.

Lead investigators Mila Vasquez, a celebrated profiler, and Goran Gavila, an eerily prescient criminologist, dive into the case. They’re confident they’ve got the right suspect in their sights until they discover no link between him and any of the kidnappings except the first. The evidence in the case of the second missing child points in a vastly different direction, creating more questions than it answers.

Vasquez and Gavila begin to wonder if they’ve been brought in to take the fall in a near-hopeless case. Is it all coincidence? Or is a copycat criminal at work? Obsessed with a case that becomes more tangled and intense as they unravel the layers of evil, Gavila and Vasquez find that their lives are increasingly in each other’s hands.

The Whisperer, as sensational a bestseller in Europe as the Stieg Larsson novels, is that rare creation: a thought-provoking, intelligent thriller that is also utterly unputdownable.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This story screams high tension, high stakes, and high velocity. Superb.”

    Michael Connelly

  • “Donato Carrisi has a unique gift for blending fascinating forensic detail, mind-bending plot twists, and empathetic characters into a seamless, powerful narrative. The Whisperer intrigues, informs, and haunts simultaneously, a novel that will linger in the mind long after you've finished.”

    Michael Koryta

  • I defy anyone to guess the denouement.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “More than delivers on its ghoulish promise…you might not want to read this alone in the house.”

    Time Out (London)

  • “Exquisite. Readers who appreciate manipulation, both of plots and themselves, by the author, and those who appreciate a shock of bloody horror will be absolutely enthralled by this offering.” 

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The Whisperer’s narrative moves with utter frenzy and retains a compelling compassion…and some twists at the end are really breathtaking.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Employs the graceful turns of phrase common to literary fiction…Carrisi's villain is a suitable cohort for Hannibal Lecter, and his detectives are intelligently nuanced, each struggling, sometimes failing, to cope with the depravity into which they immerse themselves in the name of good. A haunting, disconcerting, devastating portrait of evil.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of Best Noir Novels

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenni-Lynn Snider | 2/20/2014

    " Great thriller. A lot of characters to keep up with at first but soon it starts to move seamlessly between them and is easy to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ineke Van | 2/5/2014

    " Fast-paced thriller that keeps the reader spellbound, albeit with some tortuous twists and unexpected ending, and sometimes a bit long in the tooth. Not totally for the faint-hearted. Being told to pay attention to character development of the major ones in this thriller, the author fell short of doing this well. Nevertheless, I found it a good read esp because it was never predictable.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ann | 2/1/2014

    " At times very poorly written, and it also may suffer in translation, but the plot is great, and I couldn't wait to finish it. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Iris | 1/7/2014

    " wauw wat een goed boek. net geen 5 sterren. onvoorspelbaar en adembenemend. ga zeker meer lezen van deze schrijver. "

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About the Author
Author Donato Carrisi

Donato Carrisi studied law and criminology before he began working as a writer for television. The Whisperer, his first novel, won five international literary prizes, has been sold in nearly twenty countries, and has been translated into languages as varied as French, Danish, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. He lives in Rome.