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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781914495199

Price: £20

ON SALE: 28th March 2024

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

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Once upon a time, there was a woman the press called the Hyena-Woman. Infant Annihilator. Witch. Child-Chopper. Butcher of Little Angels. Monster. The Ogress of Colonia Roma.

Julián and I called her Mother.

When the writer Ignacio Suárez is sent photographs of two murdered women, mirroring a passage of his very own detective novel, he drops everything to uncover who is responsible. What no-one suspects is that the origin of these crimes lies in the forgotten, real-life story of Felícitas Sánchez, the midwife turned child-killer who became known in the 1940s as “The Ogress of Colonia Roma”.

Diary entries and newspaper articles come together in this gripping tale to reveal how the woman called Felícitas, who grew up in a small community in La Huasteca, Mexico, became the infamous child trafficker and murderer in the country’s capital, and how her long-ago crimes are linked to a wave of killings.

Verónica E. Llaca evokes a tale of cursed bloodlines, forcing us to question the origin and inheritance of evil and how far we can truly escape our past.


Verónica E. Llaca is James Ellroy's literary sibling. This crime novel astonishes with its handling and use of language, time and voice
Guillermo Arriaga, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of “Babel”
A raw and exciting thriller