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NO STEPS ON THE SNOW Kindle Edition
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The Good: I’m not big on romance novels. I am, however, big on psychological thrillers – this book claims to be both. So it was with a somewhat detached interest that I approached a novel that for all intents and purposes begins as a romance. Thankfully it is not a traditional romance – what kept me going was my fascination with the psychology behind the main character – a man named Francesco for whom infidelity is simply his natural state and he embraces it; a man who has mastered deception and yet does not utilize the skills out of malice or spite. He is perhaps a bit of a sociopath but not so far removed as to be unlikable as a protagonist. He loves his wife, he loves his family, and he loves leading his double life. As a man myself I cannot justify his actions, yet I also kept reading. Should infidelity in a main character be a problem for the reader, I recommend they continue to push through.
The ending is worth it.
The Bad: While it is not affecting the rating below, I need to re-stress: the translation into English is not ideal. It reads like it probably flows in a poetic way in it’s original language, but that something is lost in that translation between languages and cultures. I’m able to see past that to the heart of the story, but it may not be easy for some. Beyond that, the first 50% of the novel moves very slowly. It’s interesting in an almost voyeuristic way, peering into the life of Francesco from his early years to his indiscretions as an adult, but not enough to force you to keep turning the pages. It runs the risk of something else shiny popping up and taking your attention away from the book.
The Conclusion: The story is great, but I cannot in good conscience recommend this to an English speaker who is unfamiliar with translating the meaning of phrases between cultures that may have no equivalent. I can however recommend this to people who are in it for the story. I wish I had learned Italian and could read it as originally intended. There is so much I cannot say without ruining the ending, so let me leave it at this: I didn’t see it coming. If you’ve seen the movie Audition by Japanese director Takashi Miike, you know how easy it is to follow the flow of a story and then get hit with a brick in the face as the truth comes out. That happens in No Steps On The Snow, and was well worth my time.
on the Snow” she knows of what she writes - Rome, Italian men, marriage, infidelity,
and Italian student riots.
The book is a psychological thriller written from the POV of Francesco, an Italian doctor,
with a life that is the envy of any man who wants a loving wife, loving children and a
loving mistress. But as many other men in mid-life he wants something more so he goes
to the Internet in search of an old flame from his days as a student.
Why with a perfect life like his would he seek out Milena? Passion. His marriage lacks it
and he’s the primary reason. Milena has been the passion in his life. He was thwarted in
his desire as a student because Milena was in love with a student revolutionary. Her
lover was murdered the same night she was attacked by Nuccio, Franceso’s best friend,
in a plot Francesco put together with Nuccio.
Francesco shows himself to be a loving husband and father manipulating his wife and
children so that his life can be lived precisely the way he wants it. He wants Milena and
he gets her to agree to meet for coffee. They begin a torrid affair that leads Francesco
to consider giving everything up for life with the only woman he’s really loved. As a
reader I found myself questioning if Francesco could love anyone with an ego as
dominant as his.
He orchestrates a Christmas family vacation as part of his marriage breakup so that
they can be together to say farewell. Milena and Francesco come together but in the
end their mutual passion leads to an unexpected end.
Ms. Alibrandi has written a multi-dimensional book narrated by an Italian male who is a
master in the art of deception. The challenge he faces is how to avoid deceiving himself.
Bravo Ms. Alibrandi.
5 Stars - Bill Snyder
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Francesco , who grew up as an only child and had to bear the loss of his parents alone , having lost my my mum I fully lived and felt his emotions ..." ....to endure the terrible suffering of their loss , alone, with no one else to share with what I felt. .."
" As always when I think back to my mother , I feel like I'm losing my breath for a moment and I feel an endless longing for her ."
Francesco is an oncologist and very smart actually so his "technology challenge" surprised me a bit lol. Anyhow , his son introduces him to the wonders or nightmares of the social network. He finds someone that belongs in his past but he never managed to let go. ...
Now for the criticism.... I found it a little slow paced and it only started picking up at about 50% . The ending was great and moved my ★★★ rating to a ★★★★ . Received for honest review
Reviewed by Heidi
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