Synopsis of The Sleeping Nymph
The Sleeping Nymph or Painted in Blood is the highly anticipated follow-up to Flowers Over the Inferno. Superintendent Teresa Battaglia, expert criminal profiler with four decades of experience on the Italian police force, returns for a chilling cold case.
A decades-old murder investigation has landed on Superintendent Teresa Battaglia’s desk. DNA analysis has revealed that a painting from the final days of World War II contains matter from a human heart. Teresa is able to trace the evidence to Val Resia, one of Italy&;s most isolated, untouched regions.
When Teresa’s investigation hits too close to the truth, a fresh human heart is hung at the valley’s entrance, a warning not to cross its threshold. As she hunts a ruthless killer, Teresa must face down her own rapidly deteriorating physical and cognitive abilities, as well as someone she hoped never to see againa a man who has just become her supervisor.
Review of The Sleeping Nymph, by Ilaria Tuti
I’d like to say that it’s as good as Flores sobre el infierno, but I’m afraid that’s not the case.
Though the character of Teresa Batagglia is solid, and very good, I don’t understand how a commissioner who’s aware that she suffers from Alzheimer’s, tries to hide it and doesn’t trust anyone. Especially when the investigations make her responsible for the lives of her subordinates. She’s in no condition for that.
It’s what I liked the least.
On the other hand, the setting is very good. With a strange “supernatural” component, which is quite misleading. The matriarchal society and, in the end, an ancestral remedy for the Commissioner’s disease that, though it won’t be completely cured, it will see a substantial delay.
Everything revolves around a painting painted with blood and whose author is killed. The Batagglia team travels to the Val di Resia to investigate it and finds a murder from many years ago that is the key to everything.
It’s good, though many descriptions are unnecessary, but not as much as the previous one.
I’d recommmend it.