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A gripping literary thriller and smash bestseller that has taken Italy, France, Germany and the UK by storm.
Six severed arms are discovered, arranged in a mysterious circle and buried in a clearing in the woods. Five of them appear to belong to missing girls between the ages of eight and eighteen. The sixth is yet to be identified. Worse still, the girls' bodies, alive or dead, are nowhere to be found.
Obsessed with a case that becomes more tangled and intense as they unravel the layers of evil, lead investigators Mila Vasquez, a celebrated profiler, and Goran Gavila, an eerily prescient criminologist, find that their lives are increasingly in each other's hands. As sensational a bestseller in Europe as the Stieg Larsson novels, THE WHISPERER is that rare creation: a thought-provoking, intelligent thriller that is also unputdownable.
what a common grave is doing in the middle of the Rockfords’ lovely estate.” He said it with a hint of indignation that escaped no one present. “But I think our chief inspector has an idea…what about you?” Stern didn’t know what to say. Nor did Boris and Rosa. “Stern, one thing…were the bodies found before or after the reward was announced?” The officer admitted, in a faint voice: “Before.” “I suspected as much.” When they got back to the stables, they found Roche waiting for them beside the
Boris.” Then he offered to carry her canvas bag: “Let me.” “No, thanks, I can do it myself,” said Mila. But he insisted: “It’s not a problem.” His tone, and the stubborn way he smiled at her, told Mila that Agent Boris must be a bit of a ladies’ man, convinced that he could work his charm on any woman who came within range. She was sure that he’d decided to have a try as soon as he had seen her in the distance. Boris suggested having a coffee before setting off, but Sarah Rosa glared at him.
spot between her shoulder blades. Someone outside started to turn the key in the lock. Before the door opened, prisoner RK-357/9 spoke for the first time. “It’s a girl,” he said. Mila turned towards him, not understanding. The prisoner had returned to his rag, meticulously rubbing another bowl. She left, the iron door closed behind her and Bérenger came towards her. With him was Krepp. “So…did it work?” Mila nodded. She held out the hand with which she had shaken the prisoner’s hand. The
constantly coming back to one another and touching each other like young lovers. She felt a little bit envious of them. Sarah Rosa and Mike were acting out the role of good parents for the benefit of their daughter. But he was also very solicitous of Sarah. Boris told a lot of jokes, and they laughed so much that officer Doris choked on a mouthful of food. It was a pleasant, carefree day. And Sandra probably forgot her condition for a little while. She received lots of gifts and blew out thirteen
inspector’s anxiety bounced off Goran’s stubborn calm. “They’re chasing me for the story of the sixth child: they say we’re not doing enough!” “We won’t find her until Albert decides to give us a clue. I’ve just had Krepp on the line, he says that crime scene’s clean as well.” “At least tell me if you think Ronald Dermis and Albert are the same person!” “We’ve already made the same mistake with Alexander Bermann. For the time being I wouldn’t rush to hasty conclusions.” Roche wasn’t used to