Gia in the City of the Dead

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Dru’s Book Musings

 

This is another grippingly riveting drama from Ms. Belcamino that seeps into the crevices of my soul as I followed the trials and tribulation of her latest heroine.

Finding that her parent’s death was intentional, Gia is on a mission to find the person responsible and in her pursuit, those closest to her are in harm’s way as well. Family dynamics and self-discovery plays a part in this multi-plot, action-packed novel where every page turned intensified, especially when Gia faced the person responsible, and the truth set her free to be who she really was.

The author did a great job in staging this story where every scene, every clue, every dialogue, and every action was crucial to the outcome of this well-executed tale. Gia is vulnerable, yet strong and determined where finding the truth was paramount to her own existence. I do like that surprising twist that brought it all together and helped moved the drama to the conclusion befitting the person that Gia has become.

I enjoyed this debut novel and I can’t wait to read the next book and see what’s in store for Gia and her friends.

 

Kathy Reel’s The Reading Room

Whoa! Kristi Belcamino has done it! She has created yet another take-charge, intoxicating character who is a fierce protector of those she loves. The new girl in town is named Gia Valentina Santella, and she is smoking awesome. Belcamino’s first kick-ass series’ character was Gabriella Giovanni, and I have been such a fan of Gabriella that I was a bit skeptical of falling quickly for another contender. But, when this author writes, this reader falls, into storytelling and characters compelling to the core.

Gia Santella is adrift in the world. Drinking herself into oblivion, driving fast cars fast, one-night stands, and spending her well-endowed bank account as fast as she can. Living in San Francisco in a luxury apartment overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, she is the quintessential Italian Princess, disconnected to any meaningful existence. The death of her beloved parents two years earlier has frozen the capacity of the twenty-three-year-old to move forward with her life. As it turns out, she must move backwards first anyway.

Having been told that her parents, who were living in Geneva at the time of their deaths, had died in a house fire, Gia is shocked back into the land of the living when a letter arrives from the coroner’s wife stating that the Santellas’ deaths were no accident. The letter makes it clear that Gia’s parents were murdered. This revelation comes right on the heels of a new death in her family, her estranged brother’s. The Santella family is slowly slipping into nonexistence, and Gia must use her physical training as a student of Budo karate and her plentiful intelligence to avoid becoming the last coffin in the crypt and finding out who murdered her family. Knowing who to trust is the first tangled web that Gia must unsnarl. However, even care must be taken with those she can trust, because the success of her mission could mean their deaths. Gia Santella begins a life on the run, searching for answers from Monterey to San Franciso to Geneva to Sicily and back to Colma, California that is the City of the Dead. There is not one dull moment in that search.

Kristi Belcamino has a gift, telling thrilling stories with all the excitement they demand. The plots, the action, the descriptions, the characters are all so brilliantly thought out and executed. I am ecstatic that readers have yet another prodigious protagonist and spectacular series to enjoy. Kudos to Kristi, again!