Blog Tour Stop!!! Flowers Over the Inferno by Ilaria Tuti
Thank you Orion for the free copy of this book, and including me in the blog tour for this one! All opinions are my own.
I ADORE a book that is unique - especially a thriller in this day and age when it feels like some storylines are just slight modifications of other storylines. Flowers Over the Inferno is EXACTLY the kind of unique read that I crave.
Set in a small remote town in northern Italy, Superintendent Teresa Battaglia finds herself trying to hunt down a possible serial killer that fits no profile she has ever seen before.
Let me count the ways I love this book: the setting. I loved the remote nature of this story, and the fact that Ilaria writes in a deeply atmospheric way that transports you to the vastness of the forest surrounding the town. The magnitude of this forest lends itself to ratcheting up the tension, chapter by chapter.
I loved the movement of the story from present day, where the killings keep happening, back to the late 70's in a nearby hospital of some sort, where it is clear that some sort of study is being conducted....but it is NOT clear on who or why. The way that a little more detail is revealed with each layer being pulled back kept upping the suspense on what that would mean for the final showdown with the killer.
Most of all - I love Teresa as a character. I ADORE that this is a police detective who is neither young, healthy or perfectly fit. I love that this is a character with a chronic disease (diabetes) that creates a baseline of her humanity from the start. I love that she is an older woman who is a strong figure in her career, but not in a way that leads to a romantic connection with any other character. I love that she is flawed and a little broken, and very much a real human person. I love that she is battling her age and life and still is able to present herself as a strong police detective and do her job to beyond her best abilities. I love that she is smart, and snarky and funny and tough. We need MORE of these female characters. SO many more.
And finally, I loved the plot. This is a serial killer mystery like no other I have read. I won't say more, because no one deserves a spoiler in a thriller, but I will say that I completely enjoyed how this rolled out and how it wrapped up. It is wonderfully done.
An absolute 100 percent recommendation to thriller and mystery lovers out there -you wont be disappointed!
Ilaria Tuti’s debut thriller explores a remote community in Northern Italy—a place of secrets, eerie folktales, and primal instincts.
In a quiet village surrounded by ancient woods and the imposing Italian Alps, a man is found
naked with his eyes gouged out. It is the first in a string of gruesome murders.
Superintendent Teresa Battaglia, a detective with a background in criminal profiling, is called to investigate. Battaglia is in her mid-sixties, her rank and expertise hard-won from decades of battling for respect in a male-dominated Italian police force. While she’s not sure she trusts the young city inspector assigned to assist her, she sees right away that this is no ordinary case: buried deep in these mountains is a dark history that may endanger a group of eight-year-old children toward whom the killer seems to gravitate.
As Teresa inches closer to the truth, she must also confront the possibility that her body and mind, worn down by age and illness, may fail her before the chase is over.