CRYPTIC CHARACTERS, AN ENTHRALLING PLOT, LOTS OF SUSPENSE AND TWISTS
You will think you have figured it all out, but turning the page will reveal that the game is not over yet.
In VitaNuova, Italy’s exclusive center for drug rehab, the lives of the people who work there are turned upside down when a young psychologist is murdered.
Hidden truths emerge linking together the apparently random lives of the characters in a dance of intrigue. The mask of hypocrisy slowly falls away uncovering the evil which makes them all both victims and perpetrators of unspeakable crimes.
Two sisters, two lovers and a fake marriage create an explosive mix where love is crushed by hate. A tragic tale of passion, betrayal, blackmail and revenge.
It’s up to inspector Nardi to investigate, and soon he will be forced to deal with his own past in order to solve the case.
“I really liked the cover. It is very appealing designed. The writing style is pleasant and very fluently to read. The characters are very well described and look well thought out and consistently interesting. The tension is always present. The descriptions of surroundings, feelings and scenes were also very good. The story is told pleasant and it succeeds from the first pages to dive directly into the story. The storyline as a whole is very coherent and it seems very understandable and authentic. A very fascinating story that you won’t like to stop reading.” ~ NetGalley Reviewer
“This thriller, which takes place in Italy, is well structured on all levels, technically basing on the American style. The dialogues and descriptions allow us to read fast and smoothly, without pausing, and reaching the next chapter without even realizing it.
Jacques Oscar Lufuluabo uses the proper language for all his characters, the right terms at the right time, and high-level psychology that ensures that the suspense typical of a good thriller lingers throughout the book. If they didn’t know the author or the title of the book, the lovers of this genre could easily confuse the thriller Shadow of punishment for a book by John Grisham or Jeffery Deaver.” ~ Passione Lettura
“An unconventional crime novel with the characteristics of a thriller; a book that reveals the great job done in laying its foundation. Even if it may appear a little slow in the beginning, in the second part of the book, every piece of the puzzle finds its perfect collocation.” ~ SoloLibri.net
Shadow of punisment is the English edition of L’ombra del castigo (more times featured in the Amazon Top 100 list and finalist in the literary competition Ilmioesordio).
Available in e-book and paperback.