Friday, June 7, 2019

More bookish suspense...


Mila Vasquez works in Limbo--the missing persons bureau at Federal Police Headquarters--where the walls are covered with photographs of the missing. So she's surprised when she gets summoned to the scene of a mass homicide. The apparent shooter? A man who went missing seventeen years earlier. Then another murder is committed; this time by a woman who went missing three years ago. It's a disturbing pattern. Why did these people decide to disappear all those years ago? Where have they been all this time? And why are they coming back to commit these murders now? As Nina puzzles over these questions, she comes across an even more disturbing clue. One that links these cases with another that took place twenty years earlier. A case that was never solved.
"The long night has begun. The army of shadows is already in the city. They are preparing for his coming, because he will soon be here. The Wizard, the Enchanter of Souls, the Goodnight Man: Kairus has more than a thousand names."
The Vanished Ones by Donato Carrisi is an intense and compelling psychological thriller that delves into the darkness that dwells in the souls of men, and how easily some people can by manipulated by evil. Carrisi's plots are impossible to predict; I love his many turns and twists, and how I never know what's coming next. And Mila is such a great character:  complicated, unconventional, impulsive, perceptive, and utterly devoid of empathy. She's also a fear junkie who's drawn to the darkness within her own soul. She's in Carrisi's previous novel, The Whisperer, (which I also loved and which you should really read first).  Carrisi is the master of psychological suspense and his books are unforgettable 5-star reads.

Happy Reading!

P.S.  Carrisi's The Lost Girls of Rome is also an amazing read.

26 comments:

  1. Lark, this sounds like such a good one! I am really into these types of books lately - so thanks for the heads up ;)

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  2. A new author! I like the sound of this one!

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    1. His books are amazing. At least, I really love them. :)

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  3. Sounds intriguing! Another new author's books to explore. :)

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    1. I hope you can find one of his books to try. :)

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  4. I've never heard of this author and I'll have to change that . The story sounds amazing!

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    1. I have loved all of his books that I've read.

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  5. I've never heard of this author, but I do love thrillers! Almost sounds like there's a supernatural aspect going on. Wonderful review, Lark! :)

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    1. He's not an author that gets a lot of attention, which is sad. He should. His thrillers are very memorable. :)

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  6. I love books where the plot surprises me! It is the best feeling.:D

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    1. I love being surprised by books, too. :)

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  7. This sounds so good! I haven't read anything by this author before, but apparently I need to remedy that. :)

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    1. If you're in the mood for an intense and unpredictable psychological thriller that has unique characters and lots of suspense he's definitely the author to try! :)

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  8. Now that's one heck of an intriguing plot...so many ways it could go. I'm not familiar with the author but he sounds like someone I should get to know better.

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    1. I think you would like him a lot. I know I do. :)

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  9. Sounds like the great suspense series. I'd like to check it out but will definitely try to start with the first in the series. I tend to prefer that anyway!

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  10. Wow I like the premise of this one! It's kinda spooky with the murders being committed by long- -missing people!

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    1. That was one thing that intrigued me, too. :)

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  11. I loved The Lost Girls in Rome. I haven't yet read The Whisperer yet, but it's definitely one I want to get to at some point. This one sounds good too. I love his writing style. He's such a good storyteller.

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    1. Wasn't The Lost Girls of Rome good? :D I really love Carrisi's writing style, too. He's got a couple new-ish books out that I haven't read yet, but I really want to.

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  12. I've never heard of this one, but it sounds intriguing. I'm definitely going to put this one on my TBR list. Thanks for another great-looking rec!

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    1. Let me know if you get a chance to read one of Carrisi's books. I'd love to know what you think of him. :)

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