I’m excited to be on the blog tour today for Flowers Over the Inferno by Ilaria Tuti. This is an absolutely gripping crime novel that I didn’t want to put down!
In a quiet village surrounded by centuries-old woods and the imposing Italian Alps, a series of violent assaults take place. Police inspector and profiler Teresa Battaglia is called back from the city when the first body is found in the woods, a naked man whose face has been disfigured and eyes gouged out.
Teresa quickly realises that the killer intends to strike again, and soon more victims are found – all having been subjected to horrendous mutilations. When a new-born baby is kidnapped, Teresa’s investigation becomes a race against the clock…
But Teresa is also fighting a different kind of battle: a battle against her own body, weighed down by age and diabetes, and her mind, once invincible and now slowly gnawing away at her memory…
Something devastating has taken place here in these mountains. Something that requires all my investigative abilities. My name is Teresa Battaglia, I am a police chief inspector, specialised in profiling, and I walk through hell every day. It’s not my gun, nor my uniform: my real weapon is my mind.
Yet my mind is failing me. Not my body, weathered by the passing of time, nor my tormented heart.
My name is Teresa Battaglia, I have a secret that I dare not reveal even to myself, and for the first time in my life I am afraid.
I really enjoyed this! I love a crime novel and this exceeded my expectations. I was completely gripped from page one until the end and there are some brilliant twists in it….none of which I expected!
We meet Teresa Battaglia, a strong, independent, older woman who certainly doesn’t suffer fools! She comes across as stand-offish and pretty mean a lot of the time but is highly respected and loved by her colleagues. When Marini comes along, starting his first day on the job with her, she is unbelievable! I’m pretty sure I would have run away crying! But as Marini gets to know her, so do we and actually she has had a lot of issues herself to deal with…..things that make her the strong woman that she is. She does have a vulnerable side though, but not one that anyone other than the reader learns about.
The storyline is brilliant! It’s pretty grim in places and there are probably quite a few upsetting aspects to readers but it really does add to the story. The town like to hide their secrets, which leaves us guessing about what has actually happened there, and what they are hiding. The children in the story are loveable and I just wanted to hug them and help them!
There is so much I want to say about this but I can’t because I’ll give important aspects away! This book takes you through a huge range of emotions…..anger, disbelief, despair, hope, worry and relief! You will definitely experience an emotional rollercoaster with this book!
The only thing I would say was that the story does jump about quite a bit and at times I suddenly realised that I was in a different place, reading about something else. However, I think this was more to do with the kindle copy rather than the story and it certainly didn’t put me off!
I would highly recommend reading this, especially if you love a good crime novel! This is the first in the Teresa Battaglia trilogy and I can’t wait to read more!
about the author….
ILARIA TUTI lives in Friuli, in the far north-eastern part of Italy. FLOWERS OVER THE INFERNO, her debut novel and the first book in the Teresa Battaglia trilogy, was a top 10 bestseller on publication and the biggest debut of 2018 in Italy. Rights for the novel have been sold in over 15 countries, making her one of the most internationally successful Italian authors of recent years.
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Thank you to Tracy at Compulsive Readers , the author and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this wonderful book in return for an honest review. All views are my own and I am not affiliated with any of the links in this post.
Have a great weekend!