Lo hanno visto tutti, il mostro, sbattuto in tv e sulle prime pagine dei giornali. Era accusato di un crimine raccapricciante, ma adesso che è morto, la verità finirà sepolta con lui. A meno che Jean, la vedova, la moglie devota che gli è sempre stata a fianco in tribunale, non si decida a parlare. A meno che Jean alla fine non decida di raccontare la sua storia....Continua
Giallo in partenza un po' lento e deludente, ma che pagina dopo pagina ha catturato la mia attenzione fino al finale un po' scontato ma affascinante.
Inquietante. scritto davvero benissimo, prende, ma il finale, anche se prevedibile, mi ha nauseata.
Everyone has seen the monster on the newspapers, Glenn Taylor accused of a horrifying crime. But, the woman who comes to his side towards the court and who has spent her whole life with him, doesn't consider him a monster.
Now Glenn Taylor is dead and the criminal case whose he has been the main character is still unsolved. So the press wants to speak to his wife, Jean Taylor. But only a journalist is able to conquer her trust.
Glen died knocked down by a bus just outside Sainsbury’s. Head injuries, they said.
Jean and Glen met for the first time at a bus stop and it is a curious coincidence that he died in the same place. She was seventeen, an apprentice at a hairdresser’s in Greenwich, and he worked in a bank. He was a bit older and wore a suit and good shoes. He was different.
“He was a lovely man, always bringing me flowers and presents. Glen always said I was special. He knew so much, my Glen “
Glen was for Jean all her world, and he was hers, as he always said. They were each other’s. She loved him so much.
She did everything Glen said to her, she adored him and she didn't see his real soul.
After their marriage, he started to spend hours on his computer. She just left him to it. To his nonsense, as she called it.
And one day, the police found terrible pictures of children on his computer.
Glen told his wife he didn’t download that stuff. People steal credit cards and use them to buy this stuff, he said.
"You don’t know what it’s like to be accused of something like this when you haven’t done anything. It tears you apart.”
But why did the police investigate about his computer? Because Bella, a two years old child disappeared: she was playing with the cat. On her own. She hadn’t been out there long. Just a few minutes. When her mother went out to bring her in, she’d gone.
And the police, said it was Glen who took her. And killed her.
Someone had said he’d been making a delivery near where Bella disappeared, but that didn’t mean anything. Just a coincidence.
Another coincidence, like the bus stop.
He’d started as a delivery driver after he got laid off by the bank.
“Inquiry, unprofessional behavior, inappropriate and termination forthwith”.
The indecent images found on his office computer were the same the police found on his computer at home.
He told Jean he’d been drawn into online porn by the Internet. It was a trap for innocent men. He’d become addicted to it—“It’s a medical condition, Jeanie, an addiction.”
Glen was very manipulative; addicts are brilliant liars. They lie to themselves and then to everyone else. They’re in denial about their problem, and they are experts at finding excuses and other people to blame.
Jean wanted a baby so badly, but it was a physical problem with Glen.
She was obsessed with babies and she began her collection.
A scrapbook of children’s pictures, torn from magazines and newspapers. A wish list—the sort of thing a teenage girl might make. Or a childless woman, the police had mused.
But this didn't prove anything.
Glen's case was based on suspicions, supposition, and circumstantial evidence, not facts.
So who took Bella ?
Two years since she was taken.
A pedophile ring.
Kidnapper for money.
Woman who’s lost a baby.
Or can’t have a baby.
A fantasist who needs a child to fulfill a scenario.
The doubt is the leitmotif of this novel: guilty or innocent? And moreover the story is narrated from different points of views and every character defends his or her own positions, overcoming the limits of exasperation.
The narrative style is fluent and enriched by personal thoughts and feelings.
So the novel doesn't bore the readers but it brings them till the end in a state of suspense.
And also in the end, the doubt remains.
Non mi è piaciuto nonostante le premesse.
è scritto benissimo e la trama sembra molto interessante:
un uomo rimane vittima di un incidente stradale, niente di così strano, solo che quell'uomo Glen Taylor, ed è stato accusato, anni prima, di un atroce delitto: aver rapito e ucciso una bambina di pochi anni fuori della porta di casa.
Un mostro. Solo che nessuno sa davvero la verità: l'ispettore incaricato del caso, lo crede colpevole tanto da trascurare altri sospetti; la vedova, Jean Taylor, lo difende contro tutti; Kate, la giornalista, è pronta a tutto pur di avere la sua notizia bomba; Dawn, la madre della piccola, rivuole sua figlia perchè è convinta che Bella sia ancoira viva, nascosta da qualche parte.
Ogni capitolo è dedicato ad uno dei protagonisti che racconta la storia dal suo punto di vista. Certo è solo la vedova, ormai, che può dire ciò che realmente sa e svelare il mistero di Bella.
Però il libro non decolla mai, non c'è mai, davvero, un colpo di scena emozionante, imprevedibile. Ho aspettato fino alla fine, me lo sono letta tutto nonostante la noia, ma sono rimasta delusa....Continua