I was disappointed in this book. The author sets up the story beautifully with a good cast of characters, great back story and a mystery and then utterly fails to deliver. I'm not really sure where everything went wrong. I think it was in the lack of growth that she gave the characters. I'm not sure. The book is translated so maybe it lost something in the translation. I was constantly hoping that it would get better but it never did. The one good thing that I did like was the author's take on the Shroud of Turin. That was a very well thought out plot. The rest just never did anything for me.
A fire at the Cathedral of Turin and the discovery of a strangely mutilated body attract the attention of Italy's special Art Crimes Department. Chief Marco Valoni leads a crack team of investigators in a race to solve a crime he's certain is about to shock the world--someone is planning to steal the Holy Shroud.
Excellent mystery pairing history with legend. I enjoyed the twist that give explanation to today's scientific explanation to the Shroud of Turin. You do not need to have a conviction about the Shroud to enjoy this story . . . nor did I find it disrespectful of religion either. I liked this novel by J Navarro better than the Bible of Clay.
Nice plot tweist, love the history, poor telling, the use of flashbacks gets old fast, and frankly I figured out the twist long before it was told; just not how it was done. Only ardent Christians needing reinforcement for their religious beliefs should bother.
This was a great read. In my opinion, it was right up there with Angles and Demons and the DiVinci Code. The book help my interest right through to the end. I couldn't put it down. I would strongly suggest it to anyone who enjoyed the two books mentioned above.