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Published by Quercus Books,
24 January 2019. ISBN: 978-1-78648-843-5 (TPB)
In the village of Monteperdido in the shadow of the
Pyrenees, two eleven year old girls, Ana and Lucia disappear without trace.
Five years later Ana is recovered
from a car crash at the bottom of a ravine, near the village. She is
unconscious but otherwise unhurt. The driver of the car is killed instantly.
Victor Gamero a sergeant with the
Guardia Civil is most put out when Assistant Inspector Sara Campos and her boss
Inspector Santiago Bain of the Policia Nacional are drafted in from Madrid. He
feels it is a local matter and he should be left to deal with it. The concern
is though that the local police failed to solve the disappearance of the girls
five years ago, so can they be relied on to get to the bottom of it now?
Everyone is really worried that as
the driver of the car was killed, is Lucia hidden somewhere that no one but the
driver knows about?
When Ana regains consciousness, she
says she has no idea where they were kept but it was in a basement in a
derelict building in the forest. A frantic search is carried out over acres and
acres of tree covered mountainous terrain. Ana also tells Sara and Santiago
that whenever the man was with them, he wore a large black motor cycle helmet
with a visor, they never saw his face, and that the man in the car was her
The village is a close-knit
community and feelings run high when it is suggested that someone living
locally is responsible. They want it to be an outsider. The villagers have their own
secrets of some kind or another to hide and the detectives become frustrated at
the lack of co-operation from many of them. It doesn't help that they often
speak a language of their own, a mixture of different regions of Spain.
The doctors confirm Ana has had sex
although she denied it and so a search goes out for someone with a history of
child pornography. Can this be another thing the village is keeping quiet
about? Feelings now run really high as secrets are revealed, even putting Sara
and Santiago's lives in danger.
Can they find Lucia in time to
prevent her suffering any more in some lonely remote place hidden in the
mountains, helpless at the hands of some twisted monster?
A beautiful setting for an at times
harrowing story. It is hard to begin to imagine what the two families must have
gone through.It is very well written
and full of interesting characters leading the reader down many a blind alley. Highly
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
Agustín Martínez was born in 1975 and studied
Audiovisual Communications in Madrid. Today, he is one of Spain’s most renowned
screenwriters who has worked on some of the country’s most popular crime
series. On a holiday trip with his family to the Pyrenees he overheard the
locals talking about the case of a missing child. The idea for Village of
the Lost Girls, his first novel, was born and has been translated into many
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is
cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.