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The sensational second thriller in the Carnivia Trilogy, from a Sunday Times bestseller.
The girl in the feathered mask was just another Carnival reveller. She was dancing in the streets at midnight, anonymous in the Venice crowds.
So nobody noticed when she was bundled into a van and driven high into the hills. Nobody heard her scream.
Captain Kat Tapo, of the Venice police, is considered too headstrong to lead a high-profile kidnap case. But Kat has reasons of her own to mount a secret investigation. What she discovers will rewrite the past... and send shockwaves into the present.
This is the second novel in a trilogy of stylish and intelligent thrillers set in Venice from Jonathan Holt who, under the name J.P. Delaney, is also the author of the Sunday Times bestselling psychological thrillers THE GIRL BEFORE and BELIEVE ME.
Reviews for the Carnivia Trilogy:
'A genuinely thrilling thriller that is also an illuminating portrait of a particular world... A terrific book' Literary Review.
'Tense and mind-bending' Daily Telegraph.
'Breathtaking ... A truly haunting glimpse into a mysterious shadow world' New York Times.
'Impressive ... The characters are strong and Venice is a magnificent backdrop for a story of secrets and lies' Daily Mail.
'A cracking, upmarket thriller ... A rare entertainment for the thinking deckchair reader' Saga Magazine.
The disappearance in Venice of 16-year-old Mia Elston, an American officer's daughter, kick-starts Holt's enthralling second Carnivia thriller (after 2013's The Abomination). Videos soon appear on Carnivia.com a cyber-Venice in which carnival masks hide identities and ethical boundaries collapse showing Mia undergoing CIA-sanctioned "interrogation" techniques. While the kidnappers claim the "non-torture" will cease when Americans halt construction on a nearby military base, Carabiniere Capt. Kat Tapo and U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Holly Boland suspect the abductors have powerful, hidden supporters with another agenda. They enlist Daniele Barbo, Carnivia's reclusive mastermind, to help find Mia. Holt deftly avoids prurience or gratuity while conveying the horror of walling, waterboarding, and similar practices, and Mia is refreshingly resourceful throughout her ordeal. Holt weaves her kidnapping into a larger narrative of American foreign policy during WWII, the Cold War, and post-9/11, raising troubling questions about how the U.S. defines its allies and foes, and how it treats both.