Lucia Cascioli
Lulu (2011)
ISBN 9781105306525
Reviewed by Michel Violante for Reader Views (07/2014)

Article first published as Book Review: ‘Spiral’ by Lucia Cascioli on Blogcritics.

“Spiral” by Lucia Cascioli begins with the mental health annual review of Agent Alex Cara, an agent from the Terrorist Intelligence Bureau. Agent Stefano Borelli, her adoptive brother, is next. Neither of them knows that the psychiatrist doing the evaluation believes them both to be unfit to serve in the Terrorist Intelligence Bureau because of their traumatic past. Neither of them can imagine that they will have to face their past in the near future as they follow a terrorist lead that will take them back to Italy. Alex will have to use her smarts to keep herself alive as the ghosts of her past come back to haunt her. 

Lucia Cascioli has mastered a complex plot, edge of your seat thriller in an easy to read tiny book format. Her character development is amazing as she delivers colorful, yet mysterious characters who keep the reader guessing about who they are, what they are capable of, and whose agenda they are following. Her descriptions are accurate and dialogues are genuine to the characters.  In general, “Spiral” is a very well written novella; I just wished there was a little more action. As an Italian, I also enjoyed all the Italian references and settings and found them very real which made the plot even more believable to me.

I think that “Spiral” by Lucia Cascioli will be enjoyable to all readers who like International Terrorism intrigue as well as any reader who likes a rich plot and intrigue. I am sure all readers will find this book easy to read and very entertaining and enjoy it as much as I did.

“Spiral”  by Lucia Cascioli is definitely worth reading, a four star in my book. I can’t wait to see what else Lucia Cascioli comes up with next but am sure it will be another great read!

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