El cielo de tus días / The Sky of Your Days
Fifteen years after the horrifying murder of Alicia Lopez, a lock of her hair appears in the family mailbox. The presumed murderer of the young woman is still serving a sentence in prison and maintains his innocence; this is the reason why the case is reopened.
Chief Inspector Alex Ayala, impulsive and self-confident, takes up the reins of investigations; he hides a murky past, and having maintained a relationship with the victim does not prevent him from immersing himself in this amazing plot, alternating the narrative voice with that of Inspector Natalia Herreros. Efficient and methodical in her police performance, she feels suffocated by the routine of her personal life, and caught in by her feelings towards Ayala, she decides to leave the city. They form a great team, their dialogues are spellbinding, the sexual tension palpable, and absorbed in the case they lure the reader into a vertiginous spiral of doubts, lies and violence. Disturbing anonymous emails outline the last months of the victim’s life, and they give the case an unexpected turn; nothing is what it seems. Who was Alice? What does Ayala hide?
A dynamic and elegant thriller, set between a frantic Madrid and a languid Bilbao, combines the fast rhythm of the plot with the psychological depth of convincing contemporary and attractive characters. The family as a system of control, the conformism, the mental illness. Justice, the world of mafias, the psychology of business. Sex, fashions, the new puritanism. All this results in a disturbing and unexpected ending that will shake the reader and will make him think for days.