During World War II, the Rosati family, a well-off Tuscan family, struggled to maintain a semblance of normalcy as the Nazis struggle out the last days of their reign. The Rosati family is caught in that final firefight and fall from glory, their estate in flames. In 1955, someone has begun to kill off the remainder of the family. Detective Serafina, who has scars of her own, is assigned to protect the remaining Rosatis and catch the murderer before he finishes off the entire family.
Bohjalian’s novel is an exciting foray into life in Italy during the second World War II. Like in Sandcastle Girls, Bohjalian brings to life a unique perspective on a significant piece of history. Bohjalian is skilled at creating sympathetic characters, and this book was no different. The murder mystery added an extra dollop of excitement. This book was a treat to read, and I highly recommend it for mystery lovers and historical aficionados alike.