by Carme Chaparro


The first human being crashed onto the asphalt at ten forty-two minutes on the night of Sunday June 2nd. A man walking on the other side of the square instinctively looks up. He has time to see several people – he couldn’t say how many, he later tells the police – on the windowsills of a skyscraper. And suddenly, before he can even marvel at what’s happening, they all jump at once.

They jump at the same time and explode against the ground almost at the same time.

And, again, that indescribable noise. Although much more intense.

That warm summer night in Madrid, ten people jump into the void from ten rooms on the seventh floor of the hotel that presides over the Plaza de España. None of them had registered at reception. They do not carry anything that identifies them. There is a young woman who may have barely turned thirty, but also someone who is over eighty. A corpse has clothes worth more than six thousand euros on it. Another wears clothes that an NGO had given him. Their worlds have never crossed. They don’t know each other. There is no guest or employee who remembers seeing them in the hotel, nor any personal items in the rooms from which they jumped; although on the nightstand of number seven hundred and sixteen the investigators find a pair of lit candles that seem to be praying to a little virgin whom they gently illuminate. That’s just the first of the surprises.

Carme Chaparro, author of the successful Ana Arén trilogy, returns with her most devilish and surprising novel. After a first page of impact, the reader will be immersed in a story that will not give him respite and that will keep him in suspense as he accompanies its protagonists through the infernal and unsettling Madrid summer, among whom Santiago Munárriz, the most charismatic specialist, stands out. , for the better and also for the worse, from the Forensic Anatomical Institute.

Carmen Chaparro (Barcelona, ​​1973) is a journalist, with a long and consolidated career as a presenter and editor in news programs and television programs. For the last twenty-five years she has been in charge of the main news editions of the Mediaset group. Her latest television project for Tele5 is the documentary series Mujeres al poder. Spring Novel Award 2017 for I’m not a monster, Carme has published Ana Arén’s trilogy ―I’m not a monster, The chemistry of hate, Don’t disappoint your father―, the essay Quiet, you’re prettier and the children’s book Do you know my tear? Firmly committed to freedom, equality and the rights of human beings, and militant against any form of manifestation of violence towards the most vulnerable people, in 2018 she received recognition for her career from the Observatory against Domestic and Gender Violence of the Council General of the Judiciary. She is patron of the National Library of Spain.


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