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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
Could a young boy named Daniel James be the murderer of an old lady found in the sea? So it seems. He has Asperger’s syndrome, and death and violent games obsess him. Most importantly, he has already been charged with manslaughter in the death of his father, and the suspicions about him seem more than justified. After the trial, his mother and he move to the central coast of California to build a new life, only to find troubles once again. Rumors spread about Daniel, but is there any truth in them? The reader will find out at the end of Beri Balistreri’s marvelous novel, Woman Murdered. Like every great thriller, it will keep you in suspense to the last page, and like every good story, it will make you reflect.
I am a lover of mystery stories, and Woman Murdered thrilled me. Balistreri is able to create the right atmosphere for this book. She depicts with masterly skills the setting and the relationships between the characters. If Daniel is difficult to understand, the people who surround him are not flawless either. Name a defect, and you will find it represented in Woman Murdered. Mistrust is the greatest problem. People accuse Daniel of murder because they consider him an outcast. I like how Balistreri suggests guilt everywhere and how every detail fits perfectly. On the whole, Woman Murdered aims at showing how complicated human relationships are, and it achieves this by telling an unusual and enthralling mystery story. I recommend Woman Murdered to readers who enjoy great and complex novels.