La notte delle falene

La notte delle falene

Alice was a hopeful young graduate student when, on a beautiful August night, her body was found in the woods. She’ll always remember the night she was murdered. And she still suffers the grief and rage that destroyed her family.But what Alice regrets most is the last fight she had with her boyfriend, Enrico—and the fact that she never had the chance to tell him something...

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Title:La notte delle falene
Author:Riccardo Bruni
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Edition Language:Italian

La notte delle falene Reviews

  • Dee Arr

    Normally I am able to find some redeeming qualities in a Kindle First book, though “The Night of the Moths was a challenge. Here’s why:

    THE PLOT was not bad, probably one of the stronger elements in the book. I could find justification for most of the actions by the lead characters, even the big stretch at the end when the “reveal” takes place. Where the book fell apart was in the execution, the pieces that helped everything to make sense. Electronic items, including cell phones, do not just sit

    Normally I am able to find some redeeming qualities in a Kindle First book, though “The Night of the Moths was a challenge. Here’s why:

    THE PLOT was not bad, probably one of the stronger elements in the book. I could find justification for most of the actions by the lead characters, even the big stretch at the end when the “reveal” takes place. Where the book fell apart was in the execution, the pieces that helped everything to make sense. Electronic items, including cell phones, do not just sit around for the next time we turn them on. When not used (especially for a decade) the connections degrade. It is hard (without spoilers) to describe all the items that the author ignored, plot devices that disregard the reality of everyday police investigation and what guilty people do when they don’t want to get caught. To stretch and then shoehorn all these elements into a story just to make them comply with the plot makes for a weak tale.

    THE WRITING bothered me, although I wasn’t sure if some of the fault should be assigned to the translator. Phrases used as sentences can be powerful, but not when you litter them on every single page. One passage of three straight "sentences" from the first chapter: “Because another person was killed, not far from here. And soon other lives will be swallowed up by the secrets that this night will bring with it. Because you can’t escape secrets.” There were also inane, useless conversations reminiscent of “The Gilmore Girls.” Conversations on the TV show were meant to be humorous or perhaps used as filler, but even a shallow reflection on the book’s dialogue will recognize a waste of time and one prays for a commercial. At least the ad had a point.

    I do need to add that the buildup to the climax was nicely done. Author Riccardo Bruni generated enough excitement in the last few chapters to encourage readers to run with him all the way to the end.

    PERSONALLY, while I will read stories that use vulgarities, this is a story that wouldn’t have suffered if some of them were omitted (along with long dialogues featuring parents arguing with their children about their word choices). The POV changes throughout the book didn’t bother me too much. It made sense to tell the back story in past tense and current events in present tense, though the occasional slip from present to past tense in the same chapter was jarring.

    ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, this is the author’s second book translated into English and perhaps the effort to follow up a well-received book didn’t produce what was hoped for. There are glimmers of talent that shine through “The Night of the Moths,” but not enough for this book to shine. I rate it two-and -a-half stars, with a last-minute shove to three stars based on the build to the climax.

  • Kirsten

    A good solid thriller from Italy. The plot twist at the end was very good. I really did not see that coming.

    Poor old Enrico. From Rome, he gets involved with the tribulations of a small town. The atmosphere of the thriller was claustrophobic and I really enjoyed the plot. Just didn't feel it deserved more than 3 stars.

  • S©aP

    Bruni è ragazzo intelligente e arguto. Ha confezionato un prodotto valido per i tempi che corrono (oserei dire senza alcun intento artistico). Ottimo intreccio. Trama valida. Una sapiente sceneggiatura, repentini cambi di scena e di prospettiva (scuola di scrittura?). Un finale sorprendente e inatteso, ma anche scontato, secondo una certa idea della società, che traspare senza essere enunciata.

    Il tutto è condito con ingredienti alla moda: rapidità quasi frenetica; una costellazione di stereotip

    Bruni è ragazzo intelligente e arguto. Ha confezionato un prodotto valido per i tempi che corrono (oserei dire senza alcun intento artistico). Ottimo intreccio. Trama valida. Una sapiente sceneggiatura, repentini cambi di scena e di prospettiva (scuola di scrittura?). Un finale sorprendente e inatteso, ma anche scontato, secondo una certa idea della società, che traspare senza essere enunciata.

    Il tutto è condito con ingredienti alla moda: rapidità quasi frenetica; una costellazione di stereotipi ben connotati e comodi, quanto vecchi e polverosi (almeno ai miei occhi), ma sempre buoni; un turpiloquio moderato, non insistito. Quest'ultimo incarna, oramai, l'acquisizione di una (presunta) libertà intellettuale dagli schemi... e un endemico impoverimento culturale (... ma anche questa è forse solo una mia sciocca idea).

    Si è poi tuffato nell'ombrosità un po' turpe di tutte le piccole province per ordire la trama, e nel desiderio morboso di guardare il lato più sgradevole delle cose umane (il nemico maggiore degli afflati culturali, o dei pensieri più alti e ispirati). Si è ben guardato da qualsiasi opinione (non ne ha il narratore, non i suoi personaggi), salvo quelle più in voga: stereotipi giovanili, e giovanilistici, che un tempo facevano sorridere e oggi neanche si discutono più.

    Si è affidato "mani e piedi" all'odierno orrore per la vecchiaia, quasi ricacciando in gola ogni tensione al bello e al buono. Non vi è spazio per una redenzione, in questo noir: il male, in quanto

    , è l'unica cosa descritta, rappresentata. Al bene si accenna appena. Lo si lascia intuire come terzo, esterno al racconto. Vi si accenna malinconicamente, qua e là.

    Amazon Editore, visto il grande numero di vendite (lo scritto si legge così come si guarda un "reality-show": passivi e avidi), ha spinto il libro in una sapiente operazione di mercato, fino a infilarlo nella finale del premio strega.

    Dal mio sciocco punto di vista, orrore allo stato puro.

    Suicidio (sociale) in nome del profitto.

    Corro a rileggere Tolstoj, per consolarmi, conscio che nulla ci salverà.

  • Lorraine McLaughlin

    I rarely close a book unless it has been read to the last page; this one proved the exception. Dull, Dark, Murky in style and format. I couldn't care about characters in the tale; they had less substance than the moths. So, sorry for those who loved the book. I did not.

  • Glen

    I won an e-book in a goodreads drawing.

    A psychological thriller, told in the present tense, which I found completely irritating.

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