A first-class narrator
Bordano, region of Friuli: a small village, closed in a dell in the mountains. The body of twelve-year-old Lena is found in the so-called House of Butterflies. It will the responsibility of police inspector Thomas Mei to investigate a case that may swallow his humaneness. The prima suspect is William Picco, 15 years old, poised on the inclined plane of autism. A painful inquiry among elective affinities, lives stuccoed to perfection, the ambiguity of those involved and the beautiful, disturbing landscape of the lake of Cavazzo.
A delicate and spine-chilling crime story that manages to display fears and prejudices with rare sobriety, and to avoid all clichés. Ilaria Tuti can masterfully sketch complex psychological profiles and hard, tense atmospheres, drawing in the reader with fine fluency. The only flaw: its shortness.
Translation by Camilla Girardi