December Haul

Oh yes, in December I spent a little bit… Among books, tools and gifts let’s see my Christmas haul!

First we talk about books. In December there were many offers, before and during Christmas, because what could be better than gifting a book? So here the books I bought, they are three (I thought more!).

Gli adepti by Ingar Johnsrud.

This is a Norwegian book, translated in many European languages but not English; the Original Title is Wienerbrorskapet

It seems a simple case of disappearance, the one on which the inspector Fredrik Beier, of the Oslo police, begins to investigate. Of course, it risks clamoring, because to disappear into nothingness was the daughter of a prominent exponent of the ruling party and because the girl lived within a Christian sect, the “Light of God”. But the picture is immediately complicated: in the villa that houses the sect a massacre is consumed and in the basement a state-of-the-art chemical laboratory is discovered, of which the use is not clear. There are those who call into question fundamentalist terrorism, who blows on the fire. But Beier, joined by a young and brilliant Muslim agent, Kafa Iqbal, understands that behind the laboratory and the massacre, there is a much more complex truth and that it sinks its roots to Vienna, in the years of Nazism. Critically acclaimed at home and already sold in twenty countries, “The adepts” marks the debut of a new master of Scandinavian crime.

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter.

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today.

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Befana

So, here in Italy January 6 is still a holiday, it’s the Epiphany day. Everyone (well almost, unfortunately shops are open) is at home enjoying the last family meal of the holiday season.

When I was little I thought the Befana (an old lady who flies her broom, like a witch but without witchy powers) was Santa’s wife and this view is commonly found among children. The concept of Befana is actually the same to Santa, thus the misunderstanding of her being his wife. She brings small gifts and candies to kids, but here where I live since we have Saint Lucia, she brings a stock full of sweets. And she can bring coal to bad kids, just like Santa,

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