How wicked could envy make YOU become?
Freshly graduated and orphaned at the same time, day-dreamy Celeste is hypnotised by the ethereal mosques and dazzling bazaars of Istanbul as an escape from all that hurts her. Yet running away from her problems only leads her into new ones.
Her students at the swanky language school seem more interested in their manicures than her English lessons. The morose caretaker of the orphanage where she volunteers stares at her boys like a vulture sizing up its next meal.
Worst of all, her landlady lets slip sinister comments that don’t make sense, leaves spine-chilling mystic charms around the house, and puts magic spells in places she should not be going.
When Celeste’s favourite orphan vanishes, she embarks on a frantic search through crowded bazaars and dangerous alleys, desperate to find one small boy lost in a city of ten million. But can innocent Celeste save the child, and herself, before someone destroys them?
“This is the first book I read by veronica Di Grigoli and I loved the atmosphere of Istanbul that it provoked. Even though it’s a story of danger and tension, it made me really want to visit the city – though I almost feel as if I have after reading this. I liked the way the book featured various different female characters – the mothers, daughters, women without children – the subtle way their attitudes and characters are shown is really thought-provoking far beyond the actual story in the book. It’s the kind of book that stays on your mind for a long time after you’ve read it.”
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