The Invisible Guardian

The Invisible Guardian

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Detective Amaia Salazar leads an investigation of the murder of two young women which takes her back to her village in the middle of Basque country where secrets, myths and superstitions await.
Ainhoa Elizasu fue la segunda víctima del basajaun, aunque entonces la prensa todavía no lo llamaba así. Fue un poco más tarde cuando trascendió que alrededor de los cadáveres aparecían pelos de animal, restos de piel y rastros dudosamente humanos, unidos a una especie de fúnebre ceremonia de purificación. Una fuerza maligna, telúrica y ancestral parecía haber marcado los cuerpos de aquellas casi niñas con la ropa rasgada, el vello púbico rasurado y las manos dispuestas en actitud virginal. En los márgenes del río Baztán, en el valle de Navarra, aparece el cuerpo desnudo de una adolescente en unas circunstancias que lo relacionan con un asesinato ocurrido un mes atrás. La inspectora de la sección de homicidios de la Policía Foral, Amaia Salazar, será la encargada de dirigir una investigación que la llevará de vuelta a Elizondo, la pequeña población de donde es originaria y de la que ha tratado de huir toda su vida. Enfrentada con las cada vez más complicadas derivaciones del caso y con sus propios fantasmas familiares, la investigación de Amaia es una carrera contrarreloj para dar con un asesino que puede mostrar el rostro más aterrador de una realidad brutal al tiempo que convocar a los seres más inquietantes de las leyendas del Norte."--AmericareadsSpanish.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2016
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501102134
1501102133
9781501102141
1501102141
9781501102158
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Kaufeler, Isabelle - Translator
Alternative Title: Gardián invisible. English

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fpsutka
May 07, 2018

I enjoyed the Spanish backdrop. I agree that the ending (conclusion) was too quick, too tidy, thus being a little disappointing. I enjoyed reading this novel from a female perspective, as the Inspector was female. It is the first novel in a trilogy - I might read the other two later on. It was a pick for my book club! There is a DVD in the works!

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wendybradley
Apr 04, 2018

I picked up the 3rd book in the trilogy at random. I have looked for any comments on any of her books and this is the only place I have found some. I agree with the comments here - might appeal to some but to me it was too 'dark' and quite confusing. I have not finished it nor will I read the others in the trilogy. Despite this the write has an interesting style and I only wish the subject had been more appealing.

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CabiriCat
Feb 02, 2018

Full disclosure, I'm easily queasy with dark murder thrillers. So perhaps I picked the wrong book for me...but I thought it would be an enjoyable read given its International Bestseller status.

That turned out not to be true. While compelling & absorbing, the book's dark material had me skimming paragraphs so as not to disturb my lunch. And while that isn't the entire book, I also found that it veered off into unnecessary explanations and plot line detours. There is murder, family relationships, trauma, relationship history, magical elements, folklore, work relationships...all wrapped into one.

I did like the author's writing style & the Spanish backdrop. And people really into this type of genre may enjoy it, but I am not motivated to read Book No. 2 in the series.

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magg_yela
Oct 03, 2016

It's not a rich book, I didn't find any remarkable facts in any of the characters, the story is addressed in a very childish way by the characters. And the end they give it to you in one paragraph, which honestly it's disappointing, since all the thrill is lost in one single paragraph. the only 2 fiction facts in the book are so empty and lack of imagination. I would not recommend this book

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