“Fast Paced Murder Mystery Thriller
The Abomination by Jonathan Holt is a brilliant introduction to a new thriller trilogy series based around the Venice with two brilliant lead women and an odd ball loner who all need to join forces to solve this murder mystery. There is nothing run of the mill about this thriller as it is fast paced that takes you through a mix of emotions. All well written and planed by Jonathan Holt which happens to be a pseudonym for an already best selling British author – even more mystery!
We are introduced to Captain Katrina ‘Kat’ Tapo on the feast of the Epiphany, on the 6th January when she has been allocated her first murder as a Carabinieri under the direction of Colonel Aldo Piola. She finds that the murder victim not only is a female but dressed as a priest with all the correct vestments for one that has been ordained. Could she really be an ordained Catholic priest or as the Church would have it an abomination.
During the course of the investigation more bodies start to pile and that brings her in to contact with the USA Army in Italy and specifically Second Lieutenant Holly Boland who seems to know more than she is letting on while stalling her. Later they would need each other to solve the murders and more importantly to stay alive in another country.
They find that a lot of their answers were in and around Venice but not the Venice people see, but a virtual world an online version of version of Venice known as Carnivia. The owner of this world is on trial and about to be sentenced but only he can help Kat and Holly as the answers to the investigations are in that virtual world and it would be the virtual Venice that would eventually save them in the real Venice.
The Abomination touches many of the issues of not only Venice but of the wider world. With people trafficking, from the Balkans, for prostitution, and the unmentionable war in the Balkans, and the war crimes that were committed there. While bringing in the CIA, and those shadow private armies of the USA, running drones all over Europe watching the people. The dark world of Carnivia and its reclusive owner is the only person that can help them solve the crimes in a race against the intelligence machine of the USA.
This is a brilliant thriller with many twists and turns and wondering who Kat and Holly really can trust and this will be a very popular read and should be huge. This was one of the most enjoyable thriller reads I have had and cannot recommend this highly enough.