An ingenious, intelligent literary thriller that has been one of the hottest and highly-praised debuts of 2015.
I am Anna Verco. I am no ordinary researcher.
My task is to hunt a medieval manuscript, a book of alchemy and witchcraft.
It was lost for centuries, hidden - or stolen. But I have found a clue.
In Barcelona, just ten years ago, a trail of women were muted and mutilated to keep it secret.
They have been silenced. But in a way, I hear them.
Their message is meant for me.
Nonetheless, this is an ambitious, intelligent debut novel, climbing well beyond the Dan Brown levels... - Canberra Times
Erudite alchemical thriller . . . Here we have an enigmatic heroine, a wonderful European city, plenty of cultural detail, a string of gruesome murders and a conspiracy that spans centuries . . . everything is relevant - so pay attention - and everything is enticing, for readers who enjoy this sort of game . . . she's an original, entertaining writer. I finished this episode wanting more - Guardian
Combines the intrigue of The Da Vinci Code with the mysticism of a Carlos Ruiz Zafon novel . . . This is a gripping tale in which every detail counts - Financial Times
If you're in search of a thriller, look no further than this novel by London-based Californian Jessica Cornwell. Anna Verco, the heroine, has drawn comparisons to Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander, and the book is a new take on Dan Brown's turf - Grazia
Jessica Cornwell was born in 1986. She studied English at Stanford University and Drama at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, before training with the Catalan theatre company La Fura dels Baus. In 2010 she moved to London to work in film. She now divides her time between the city and her small home town in southern California.