La Bestia / The Beast (Planeta Award 2021)

La Bestia / The Beast (Planeta Award 2021)

Title: La Bestia / The Beast (Planeta Award 2021)
Genre: Historical thriller
Publisher: Planeta
Date of publication: November 2021
Pages: 500
Rights sold: Arabic/Al Kotob, Estonia/Pegasus, Romania/Trei, Russia/Sindbad, France/Actes Sud

A violent and impressive historical thriller. In a masterly way Carmen Mola intricately weaves a gripping and ruthless novel.

La Bestia  is set in Madrid of 1834, devastated by the epidemics of cholera. The city experiences a terrible wave of murders and the victims are girls from the poorest neighbourhoods. A journalist, a police officer and a girl try to find out the cause of those barbaric crimes.

Madrid is the true protagonist of the novel: a dirty city, without pavements and without law, fenced off by cholera and the Carlist troops, with mournful burials, quarantine stations and confinements.