Blog tour for Flowers Over the Inferno by Ilaria Tuti

February 13, 2019 - 6:46 am No Comments

It’s finally my turn on the blog tour for Flowers over the Inferno. The 1st book in a trilogy written by Ilaria Tuti. Originally written in Italian and translated for English readers by Ekin Oklap. Here are my thoughts on this book

Flowers Over the Inferno by Ilaria Tuti

Published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson on 7th February 2019

400 pages

When a body is found mutilated in a small village, Superintendent Teresa Battaglia is tasked with heading up the case. With more bodies and a kidnapped baby, Teresa is against the clock to capture the killer before an innocent life is lost.

I liked the Superintendent straightaway, a woman in her 60s struggling with her health. Even though she was good at her job, she still had to clash heads with pig-ignorant bureaucrats who thought they knew best. When Massimo, a new member was added to her team, his argumentive nature caused tension, but Teresa’s no-nonsense approach soon managed to turn him to her way of thinking. Her team respected and cared for her, as children would to their mother.   

It took me a couple of pages to get used to the style of writing, but then I was hooked. From the moment the first body is found, you know Teresa is up against it. Written mainly in 3rd person, you feel as if you are reading this in real time, watching the case get solved before your eyes. As Teresa’s health begins to suffer, a diary is used to tell part of the story, making you part of a secret that Teresa does not want people to know, which in her eyes would show weakness.

Breaking up the case is the backstory of an Austrian orphanage, told from a young nurse’s perspective and as case studies and whilst at the start I was wonder how it all fits together, by the end of the book it all makes sense.

The author’s picturesque style of writing makes it easy to imagine how beautiful the scenery is. The story is well plotted and has a few surprises. Psychological profiling plays a big part in the story and although the kills were gruesome, I still felt sorry for the murderer, as there were reasons for his action. I did have a favourite kill which in my mind was the most graphic.

If you love your thrillers on the dark side then pick up this book. I hope there will be more cases for Superintendent Teresa Battaglia to solve.

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