Monday, March 7, 2016

Book Review: The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Atria Books, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

This new book comes out tomorrow!

Due to a crazy week (as you can imagine) I was just able to get it read over the weekend!

the invisible guardian cover


Already a #1 international bestseller, this tautly written and gripping psychological thriller forces a police inspector to reluctantly return to her hometown in Basque Country—a place engulfed in mythology and superstition—to solve a series of eerie murders.

When the naked body of a teenage girl is found on a riverbank in Basque Country, Spain, homicide inspector Amaia Salazar must return to the hometown she always sought to escape. A dark secret from Amaia’s past plagues her with nightmares, and as her investigation deepens, the old pagan beliefs of the community threaten to derail her astute detective work. The lines between mythology and reality begin to blur, and Amaia must discover whether the crimes are the work of a ritualistic killer or of a mythical creature known as the Basajaun, the Invisible Guardian.

Torn between the rational procedures of her job and the local superstitions of a region shaped by the Spanish Inquisition, Amaia fights against the demons of her past in order to track down a killer on the run.


While there are definitely a few issues with translation, and I can see where a few things were lost in the translation from Spanish to English, for the most part, the book is a great translated mystery! Amaia is flawed, maybe more so than other female character leads in police procedurals, and in this book her past literally comes back to haunt her, as she has to return to her hometown, and her family, in order to solve a serial murder case. Add to that marital issues over having a baby (or not having one) and dealing with a now subordinate who thinks he is above her equal and Amaia has her plate overflowing. She is very relatable and I would love to read the next book in the series (it is planned to be a trilogy) to see what her personal outcome will be, I know it won't be simple! I won't spoil the surprise of the ending, but Dolores has crafted a winning mystery of convoluted webs, that leads you past one red herring after another. you'll love this new book, so don't miss this translated version!

About the Author:

Dolores Redondo was born in Donostia-San Sebasti√°n in 1969. Her novel The Invisible Guardian, a #1 international bestseller, was shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger Awards. It was also named the “Best Crime Novel of the Year” by La Vanguardia. Redondo studied law and gastronomy before beginning her writing career. She now lives and writes in the Ribera Navarra.

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