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Publisher Description

A young girl has mysteriously disappeared in Rome. As rain lashes the ancient streets, two men, Clemente and Marcus, sit in a café near the Piazza Navona and pore over the details of the case. They are members of the ancient Penitenzeri - a unique Italian team, linked to the Vatican, and trained in the detection of true evil.

But they are not alone. Sandra - a brilliant forensics expert with a tragic past - is also working on the case. When her path crosses theirs, not only do they make headway in the case of the missing girl, but they also uncover a terrible secret world, hidden in the dark recesses of Rome. A world that is as perfect as it is evil...

A spellbinding literary thriller from the author of The Whisperer, this novel offers a window onto the hidden secrets of Rome. Beautifully capturing the atmosphere of the city, it blends a page-turning plot with fascinating historical fact.

Crime & Thrillers
July 5
Little, Brown Book Group

Customer Reviews

AJB61 ,

The Lost Girls of Rome

I loved this book, deep and involved as it was. My only criticism is that the entire book flitted between dates and countries, making it hard work to keep on top of as you have to remember 'who knows what' and 'what had happened then'. It jumps from 'three years before' to 'two days before' then back to 'two years before' continuously through the book. I took it on holiday in the summer and so had long spells to read, which it needed. I then went on to read Carrisi's first novel, The Whisperer, which I found unputdownable.

Ang C 5 ,


Joy to read even if complicated with the flitting back and forward but the final twist suggested a possible sequel. Not my usual holiday reading as it was a little darker but I now intend reading the whisperer

RJOB Cov ,


The second Carrisi novel that I have read, having been introduced by my Italian business partner, Livio.
Having read The Whisperer first as soon as the Lost Girls was released, I had to have it.
Reading it was not without interruption and it is quite lengthy but I had no trouble getting back into it whenever I returned.
An excellent read, sometimes a little complicated to follow as it flits between "scenes" but well worth persevering.
Well recommended by me and eventually, I would imagine, by Livio.

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