WRITTEN FOR ME

gcsoVery few books make me feel like they were written for me. Gianrico Carofiglio’s novel entitled Il Silenzio dell’onda (The Silence of the Wave) is one of them. I reluctantly finished it last night and felt almost immediately a deep sense of loss. It tells the story of Roberto, a former undercover policeman seeking psychiatric help. And, although this summary feels like an ‘elevator pitch’ (a concept I loathe) and I would happily dedicate several pages on this blog to the story, I won’t write any more about the plot, for fear of spoiling the reader’s pleasure. This is a book to be savoured, not just for its lean, elegant style, but for the way the author delves into the psyche of his protagonists. I could have followed Roberto’s journey the space of another novel… or even two and miss this character already. Needless to say, my next read is also a book by Gianrico Carofiglio…

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