Book Review of Flowers Over The Inferno by Ilaria Tuti
A Teresa Battaglia Thriller
AN IDYLLIC VILLAGE IN THE ALPS.
A LEGACY OF SIN.
AN EVIL LURKING IN THE WOODS.
In a quiet village surrounded by the imposing Italian Alps, a series of violent assaults take place.
Police inspector Teresa Battaglia is called in when the first body is found. Soon more victims are discovered – all horrifically mutilated – and when a new-born baby is kidnapped, Teresa’s investigation becomes a race against the clock.
But Teresa is also fighting 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…
THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE TERESA BATTAGLIA SERIES
A dual timeline novel set in the scenic Italian Alps, this novel has an almost scandi noir feel about it.
A local man is found dead, naked, viciously assaulted and with his eyes gouged out, probably by hand! Nearby a wooden effigy wearing the man’s clothes is found.
Superintendent Teresa Battaglia is sent in with her team to investigate. Here is a slightly different type of protagonist. An interesting but believable character with issues that are brilliantly explored in the book. They are joined by Inspector Massimo Marini, assigned to the investigation, but at first seemingly a little out of place, with a lovely comic introduction.
1978 Austria. An errie, crumbling orphange with some very chilling unknown undertones. We learn more about this as the story unfolds, but do not find out its real importance until towards the end.
A wonderful new character is found in Battaglia with this novel being much more than a crime/detective thriller. It delves deep into the phychological aspects of what makes someone evil, a murderer, with indeed sympathy shown towards them.
I enjoyed this read. Wonderfully atmospheric and explores some gruesome events in an effective new way. I look forward to seeing more from this series.
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.
Flowers Over The Inferno is out Feb 7th. Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
Thank you to Virginia Woolstencroft for my wonderful review copy.