The Lost Daughter

The Lost Daughter is the second book I’ve read by Lucretia Grindle in as many months. It follows a similar path to her first, The Villa Triste – it’s set in Italy, the book alternates between the present and the past, and once again features Alessandro  Palliotti, one of  Florence’s most senior policemen. This time he is called upon to investigate the disappearance of American student Kristen Carson. Thinking she’s just another student gone off on a wild weekend, Palliotti and his team don’t seem too concerned until they discover she has been seeing Antonio Tomaselli, a member of the notorious Red Brigades who has recently been released from prison where he was serving time for his role in the 1978 kidnapping and murder of Aldo Moro, one of Italy’s most famous politicians. When her step-mother Anna also disappears everyone sits up and takes notice and Palliotti and his team realize they have to move quickly to find two missing Americans. The story is multi-layered, like her first, and the complexities add to the intrigue and depth of her writing. She’s a “beautiful” writer… I love this sentence “For the poor at least, for those who labour with their hands, childhood is a modern invention.”  and now she’s definitely on my list of favourites. Pick up both of her books and hunker down under a quilt for a great winter read.

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