Kill The Angel is the second novel from Italian author Sandrone Daziere. I am surprised I don’t hear more about this series! Kill The Angel will definitely appeal to fans of crime thrillers that are a bit darker and psychologically intense. It’s a police procedural/serial killer thriller set in vibrant Italy.
Kill the Angel continues on from Kill The Father but set a little later. Both Colomba and Dante are still dealing with the aftermath of the trauma of The Father. Definitely, need to read the first as there is a lot of reference to previous events.
I did like the big bad and their motivations. The Angel was definitely scary and I enjoyed what we got of backstory. Certainly not as complex as The Father but still a very interesting and multi-layered villain. But… there wasn’t a whole lot of character development in this one. Both Colomba and Dante are suffering and dealing with their PTSD in different ways. As both have such lonely personalities it was nice to see Colomba and Dante bonding more in Kill the Angel. They both showed how well they work as a team.
Dante though definitely shines more. His quirks, coffee obsession, and drug taking lighten the mood a little. Though I think we the readers were hoping for more of his backstory. Which we didn’t get, unfortunately. And maybe that was the missing something and why I didn’t enjoy it as much?
I still don’t know how I feel about the ending! SUCH a cliffhanger. So cool to know the story will definitely continue but I felt a little disconnected. Unsure if I care too much? Both Colomba and Dante are interesting and I do like their dynamic. And the backdrop of Italy with the added setting of Berlin and Vienna. But… Kill The Angel was just ok, unfortunately. I really wanted to like it more! I enjoyed Kill the Father as it was refreshing to read something that was a little different and clearly so well thought out. But Kill the Angel just felt like it was lacking something.
ABOUT KILL THE ANGEL
The second novel from the acclaimed author of Kill the Father, this thriller is multi-layered, complex, full of twists and turns and satisfyingly dark – one of those novels you just have to read late into the night. A high-speed train from Milan draws into the station in Rome, and a horrific discovery in one carriage rocks the city. Preliminary investigations are put in the hands of Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli. The police receive a message claiming responsibility for the act and announcing more murders to come, and they duly turn their attention to a small terrorist group of Islamic extremists. But investigator Dante Torre does not believe this angle. For him, this feels like a smokescreen concealing the actions of a killer who has a far more terrible motivation to continue. The trail leads to Berlin and Venice, where the waters of the Venetian Lagoon will turn blood red …