Title: Kill The Angel
Author: Sandrone Dazieri
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, out 3rd May 2018
Summary: from Goodreads
A high-speed train from Milan draws into the station in Rome, and an horrific discovery in one carriage rocks the city. Preliminary investigations are put in the hands of Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli.
The police receive a message claiming responsibility for the act and announcing more murders to come, and they duly turn their attention to a small terrorist group of Islamic extremists. But investigator Dante Torre does not believe this angle. For him, this feels like a smokescreen concealing the actions of a killer who has a far more terrible motivation to continue.
The trail leads to Berlin and Venice, where the waters of the Venetian Lagoon will turn blood red …
Kill The Father was one of my favourite reads of 2017, it was a original and startlingly good thriller. So I was unbelievably excited to hear a while back that it was to be a series and I was even more excited to be approved to read it early through Netgalley! It felt really great to return to the world of the two main characters, Dante Torre and Colomba Caselli. I pretty much instantly became engrossed in their latest mystery. Both of these characters have a fairly complex backstory so I would definitely recommend reading Kill the Father before diving into this book.
One of Kill the Angel’s strongest points is how talented the author is at creating a gritty yet atmospheric setting. The book darts around Europe but it keeps it’s roots in it’s Italian setting. The author also manages to develop the central characters even further, he uncovers new depths in them and still manages to surprise his readers. The relationship between Dante and Colomba is also explored in more detail which was fantastic to read.
The plot is pretty complicated and intricate but also very fast paced. It almost felt like there was a clock running down to the novel’s climax, the story felt so urgent. I actually felt my heart racing at times because I was so immersed in every new twist and turn. Although the story gets very dark and brutal at times with sometimes unrelenting violence, there are also many humorous moments usually with a healthy dose of sarcasm and wit. I found the plot twists unpredictable and shocking which is quite rare when you read a lot of thrillers like I do. In addition, the ending made me literally scream out loud. I won’t give anything away but lets just say I am praying that Dazieri writes the next book in this fabulous series very quickly!
Overall I would absolutely recommend this superb thriller which completely lives up to the high bar set by it’s predecessor. Also, if you haven’t read Kill the Father and you like dark, intelligent and tightly knotted thrillers then I would say definitely give it a read and then read this next great installment.
I received this E-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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