PLEAMAR / HIGHTIDE

PLEAMAR / HIGHTIDE

Title: PLEAMAR / HIGHTIDE
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Alfaguara Negra (PRHGE)
Date of publication: 2021
Pages: 350

The room is dark, the static shot is barely illuminated and the Muller sisters are desperately trying to free themselves of the ropes. Duct tape across their mouths stifles their attempts to scream. The video lasts five seconds and is destined to eighteen million subscribers of Pleamar, their YouTube channel.

This is just the beginning of the nightmare of Martina and Leandra, two young influencers who have risen to fame too quickly. Who is televising the kidnapping?

After a year-long leave of absence, Inspector Darío Mur returns to Madrid to investigate this case. He will have to delve into the world he does not know, the world of social networks, the world of posturing, jealousy and betrayal, shallow in appearance, shallow in appearance but not any less real.

The list of suspects includes the agent of the sisters, the cameraman who shoots videos for them, an obsessed hater, one rival instagrammer and another one who is addicted to mobile phones. It is an array of characters that mirror the new society, dominated by the cult of the image and the success in whichever domain as long as it can be displayed publicly.

Inspector Mur, a cultured man, nostalgic for olden modes, will be shocked by the pervasive banality of the social media customs, the new culture and the canons of evaluating talent and also by the fantasy of eternal youth and the ever-lowering significance of love.

He is the father of a conflictive adolescent daughter, perhaps also a victim of this not so harmless new religion and he will have to handle the most agonizing case in his career.