La muñeca / The Doll

La muñeca / The Doll

Title: La muñeca / The Doll
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Siruela Ediciones
Date of publication: November 2022
Pages: 450

When Ana asked Daniel’s help to throw her doll into the new municipal rubbish dump, she did not know that she would also throw away her childhood, that of her friends and also a part of life of every one of them and did not in the slightest imagine she would dump the future of her life into abyss as humid as it was dark. An unloved doll and a teenagers’ game in the purest King’s It style trigger off an incident which will mark the life of a group of friends.

A quarter of the century later during urbanistic developments in the town, some corpses appear in the old dumping site which will alter the present and awaken a sleeping past that never vanished and now stretches its limbs to claim a debt. The plot of the novel takes place in two time frames, where the innocence of adolescence blends with the weight of adulthood to colour and weave a sombre narrative in which the suspense, the thriller and the mystery genres strive for prominence. It is set in a coastal town of the peninsular south where the dead reclaim the names that are their due, the living try to forget the past and to hide the disturbing truth and where a police inspector with a tarnished past wants to redeem past mistakes by retracing twenty five years of darkness in search of truth.