Review of A Dead Every Now and Then, by Paolo Borrometi, a book about Mafia
Biography , Book reviews / November 8, 2019

This is a new book about mafia, namely an outstanding accounting about the Sicilian mafia you must absolutely read. In my new book review, indeed, I decided to discuss about A Dead Every Now and Then, a poignant accounting about the death threats and the assaults of the Mafia against a reporter in Sicily. As a Sicilian, I felt the duty to review this book on the mafia on my book site, in order to let you know not only a literary masterpiece, but also to better understanding the ominous network of trades of the Mafia in Sicily and its dangerous ties with the American Mafia. The original title in Italian of the book is: Un Morto Ogni Tanto and the author is a Sicilian colleague of mine: Paolo Borrometi, a mafia reporter born in Ragusa, Sicily, in 1983, who, currently, lives between the beautiful baroque village of Modica and Rome. Just like me, Paolo Borrometi started his journalistic career working as a freelancer for the Giornale di Sicilia, unveiling, in his articles, the names and the crimes of the most dangerous mafia families in the so called invisible provinces of Sicily. Yes, because the mafia is not only the…

Review The Retreat Mark Edwards
Best sellers , Book reviews / September 23, 2019

The Retreat is the best psychological thriller of 2019 written by British novelist Mark Edwards. Here, I wrote my review about this gripping thriller. First of all, you must know that the book has been released only last year, on May, 2018 and already has had tons of positive customer reviews on Amazon. I am also one of these customers, but I wrote and published my review on my book site, not on Amazon. I bought the Kindle edition of The Retreat, only a month ago. Although The Retreat has a length of 356 pages, I read it in one breath. It is true that I read many books, but when I devour a book in a few days, only, it is because the story is compelling and masterly written. Page after page, chapter after chapter, I has been dragged in the scary world of Mark Edwards, a novelist who writes psychological thrillers in which dark things happen to ordinary people. The Retreat seems a horror novel, but it is more than that. It is a mystery written with the style of Agatha Christie, where all of the characters are guilt, but none is never really guilt. The entire gloomy…

Review In the Closet of the Vatican Frederic Martel
Book reviews , Essays / July 9, 2019

It is regarded as the most controversial book about the heart of the Catholic Church, namely the Vatican. I am discussing about In the Closet of the Vatican, the book written by French journalist Frederic Martel and this is my review about this controversial essay. First of all, you must know that the disclosure of the work has been authorized by Pope Francis. This is, at least, the first shocking revelation made by the author in the pages of his literary text. As a matter of fact, In the Closet of the Vatican is a collection of the interviews made by the journalist during a long tour between Italy and the South of America. These interviews represent an excellent journalistic inquiry about the untold and unmentionable secrets of the Vatican Church. Yes, because the Vatican is a church, the Catholic Church. However, according to the book, the Vatican is a world aside, with its lies, secrets and dirty deals, as suggested by the complete title, namely, In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy. The work is shocking and shaking, in my view, because reveals the impressive and the unthinkable degree of corruption of the Catholic clergy! Just think…

Review of The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace
Book reviews , Fiction / June 25, 2019

The Painted Bridge is the debut novel by Wendy Wallace, a British freelance journalist and a writer.  In this review, I just discussed about this book.  When I read the novel, I cried and not because it was a bad fiction book,  but because it was a poignant masterpiece. Set in the age of Queen Victoria, this historical novel depicts the female condition in London during the XIX century. That is the same condition described by Virginia Wolf in her essay titled A Room of One’s Own, only that here, in the tale by Wendy Wallace titled The Painted Bridge, the female condition has been turned into an outstanding and touching novel. I remained really struck by this story. The book tells about a woman, Anna, who is a free woman, she in not accustomed to ask for the permission before venturing into a new undertaking, such as the one to rescue a group of sailors from a shipwreck. To save them, she leaves her husband, Vincent, alone, for a few days. But when she returns, she finds a cruel and unexpected surprise: Vincent ordered that Anna is locked in a mental hospital for frail women. As of that day,…

Review The Scopas Factor Vincent Panettiere
Book reviews , Fiction / March 13, 2019

What happens when Capitalism is closely intertwined with Art? And what happens when Art is linked to  people murdered or kidnapped? That is the literary framework of  a stunning mystery written by Vincent Panettiere and titled The Scopas Factor.  The novel I reviewed is not only a mystery, but a modern spy story, where  I saw many underlying messages.  From the first to the last page.   The Scopas Factor is the story of an American detective, Mike Hegan,  with a painful burden: all of the people he loved have been murdered, tragically.  His new girlfriend,  Diana, offers him a new job opportunity, but this new vicissitude opens the way to another vortex of compelling twists, such as a trip to a small town in California, where a girl is kidnapped and two men are murdered. Why? This is the second, rather, the third question arising from the novel.  The kidnapped girl is, in turn, the daughter of a woman who  survived  a massacre in a village in Laos, in 1990.  At that time,  the people of the village were murdered by mercenaries involved in American deals.   After the massacre, the survivors relocated to a refugee camp in Thailandia,…

Review The Broken Girls Simone St. James
Book reviews , Fiction / February 22, 2019

The Broken Girls is the title a mystery novel written by Simone St. James. In my review, I discussed about the success of this book and about its underlying messages. Yes, hidden messages addressed to readers who loved and will love this story (like me). Released in March of the past year, The Broken Girls has been regarded as the most addictive mystery novel of 2018. I also think it is a great and very interesting story under many standpoints. I explained all this in my review. The plot tells about a freelance journalist, Fiona Sheridan, who is obsessed by the murder of her loved sister happened twenty years ago. For the crime, the Court convicted the boyfriend, but the journalist has the suspect that the truth about this murder has not been discovered, yet. The story is set in Vermont, in 2014, but retraces the mysterious events occurred in a boarding school in 1950. Indeed, the main character of this novel is looking for information to write a story about a boarding school that seems to be haunted by the ghost of a girl murdered along with her baby. She was Mary Hand and the school is the fearsome…

Review of Origin by Dan Brown
Book reviews , Fiction / December 10, 2018

Origin is the latest book written by the famous novelist Dan Brown. That is the seventh thriller novel and the fifth with Robert Langdon as a protagonist.  If you want to know more about this novel, read my review. I read this novel in the past weeks, in one breath. I never read the other books by Dan Brown, but only seen the movies. Well, after reading Origin, I think that the movie directors or screen players didn’t read the novels by Dan Brown before shooting the movies. I don’t like the movies drawn from Dan Brown’s novels, but I liked Origin, very much! Why? Continue reading my review to better know my opinion about the book. I just said that Origin is a masterpiece, because it is a perfect novel. The plot is perfect, writing style is perfect, the underlying meaning is perfect. Let’s start from the plot. Plot The plot of Origin is closely intertwined with the most current topics of our modern world. These topics are perfectly linked to the subtopics of Religion and Science. The main fictional characters of the book by Dan Brown are Edmond Kirsch, an atheist and billionaire futurologist, and Robert Langdon. The…

Review of L’amore rubato by Dacia Maraini
Book reviews , Books in Italian / October 16, 2018

If you are looking for books in Italian, I advise that you read L’amore rubato by Dacia Maraini. I read this book recently, because as an Italian book lover, I need to read and review books in Italian, sometimes. L’amore rubato (The Stolen Love in English) is a collection of tales written by the most famous living Italian novelist in the world, namely: Dacia Maraini. Currently there is no translation into other languages, and not even into English about the book. Hence, I think that L’amore rubato by Dacia Maraini can be helpful to learn Italian, if you are in an advanced stage of Italian language learning. If you have problems to understand the most complex sentences in Italian, you may always use the automatic translation of Kindle. About this Italian book and its novelist, I can say that Dacia Maraini is a convinced feminist who fought hard to defend the human rights of women. In this collection of impressive tales, the Italian author brings in front of our eyes all of the grief and scream of women abused, killed and raped by those who should love them the most: their husbands, friends, and partners, namely: their men! The book…

Review the Missing Girl by Jenny Quintana
Book reviews , Fiction / September 12, 2018

The Missing Girl is the debut novel by Jenny Quintana. The Kindle edition of this mystery thriller has been released on September 1, 2018, while the paperback will be available on September 20, 2018. And yet, the book is already a best seller  regarded as the most addictive mystery novel of the year. How it was possible? Read my review to discover it. The Missing Girl is unusually and fully different from other mystery novels. The plot tells about a girl missed over thirty years ago, Gabriella, and her sister Anna, who is unable to forget this shocking missing. It was 1982 when Gabriella missed from her town. She never came back home from the school. The two sisters, Anna and Gabriella, felt a deep affection each other. Their relationship was full of attention and caring. The world of Anna falls apart after the missing of her sister and the author has described this emotion very well. The novel shows all of the whole grief of the loss, as it can happen in every family. But Anna’s family is not like the others. What is obvious for the other families of the village, is not the same for her family….