The Invisible Guardian

The Invisible Guardian

eBook - 2015
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A killer at large in a remote Basque Country valley , a detective to rival Clarice Starling, myth versus reality, masterful storytelling - the Spanish bestseller that has taken Europe by storm. The naked body of a teenage girl is found on the banks of the River Bazt#65533;n. 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?30-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.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins Publishers Limited, 2015
ISBN: 9780007525348
0007525346
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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fpsutka
May 07, 2018

I enjoyed the Spanish backdrop. I agree that the ending (conclusion) was too quick, too tidy, thus being a little disappointing. I enjoyed reading this novel from a female perspective, as the Inspector was female. It is the first novel in a trilogy - I might read the other two later on. It was a pick for my book club! There is a DVD in the works!

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wendybradley
Apr 04, 2018

I picked up the 3rd book in the trilogy at random. I have looked for any comments on any of her books and this is the only place I have found some. I agree with the comments here - might appeal to some but to me it was too 'dark' and quite confusing. I have not finished it nor will I read the others in the trilogy. Despite this the write has an interesting style and I only wish the subject had been more appealing.

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CabiriCat
Feb 02, 2018

Full disclosure, I'm easily queasy with dark murder thrillers. So perhaps I picked the wrong book for me...but I thought it would be an enjoyable read given its International Bestseller status.

That turned out not to be true. While compelling & absorbing, the book's dark material had me skimming paragraphs so as not to disturb my lunch. And while that isn't the entire book, I also found that it veered off into unnecessary explanations and plot line detours. There is murder, family relationships, trauma, relationship history, magical elements, folklore, work relationships...all wrapped into one.

I did like the author's writing style & the Spanish backdrop. And people really into this type of genre may enjoy it, but I am not motivated to read Book No. 2 in the series.

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magg_yela
Oct 03, 2016

It's not a rich book, I didn't find any remarkable facts in any of the characters, the story is addressed in a very childish way by the characters. And the end they give it to you in one paragraph, which honestly it's disappointing, since all the thrill is lost in one single paragraph. the only 2 fiction facts in the book are so empty and lack of imagination. I would not recommend this book

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