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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. As he revisits the details of the investigation, he is reacquainted with his similarly long, unrequited love for Irene Hornos, then just an intern, now a respected judge.
Absorbing and masterfully crafted, The Secret in Their Eyes is a meditation on the effects of the passage of time and unfulfilled desire. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. Published October 18th by Other Press first published More Details Original Title.
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See 2 questions about The Secret in Their Eyes…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Secret in Their Eyes. In his retirement he takes up the task of making a novel about an old case that changed his life and moved him to action beyond just a cog in a machine.
The case involves a rape and murder of the wife of bank clerk, Morales. The inability of the system Chaparro serves to find justice for Morales eats at him so much that years later he pursues a private investigation. His own infatuation with a married judge and experience with reading her eyes allows him to identify a suspect based on a photo capturing such a look given to the murdered woman hence the title.
His friendship and work with these characters is wonderfully drawn. The resolution decades later takes a surprising twist. Inquiring minds will want to know if Chaparro finds love and fulfillment as a human being. Readers considering reading this novel will be challenged by the structure of a narrator interrupting the tale over his process and reflections on his own motivations in carrying out the writing.
I personally found this meta aspect a barrier to immersion in the story. Also, with our direct access to the feelings of the narrator, I found it implausible that life under the regime was not infused more pervasively with numbing terror. View all 6 comments. So they call it "the novel that became an Oscar-winning film", which traces the story of a retired investigator trying to wri "The brevity or prolonging the life of a human being depends primarily on the flow of pain that person is forced to endure.
So they call it "the novel that became an Oscar-winning film", which traces the story of a retired investigator trying to write a novel based on a decade old rape-cum-murder of a young married woman and in the process of going through the past, old memories as well as romances cloud up his soul thus re-opening the window to his much cherished past but it comes with a price and with some mind-blowing revelations both personal as well as political. While attempting to write a book about the case, he revisits the details of the investigation.
As he reaches into the past, Chaparro also recalls the beginning of his long, unrequited love for Irene Hornos, then just an intern, now a respected judge. Now he is about to retire from his position and is planning to write a novel about a man named Ricardo Morales, whose young pregnant wife was brutally raped as well as murdered in the very comfort of their marital home. Soon Morales is ruled out of the list of suspects and further intervening reveals that the killer is lurking somewhere near them or someone who is close to the woman.
Thus when Chaparro shows few old snapshots of some men to Morales, his facial expression changes and thus judging from a hunch as well as on Morales expression, Chaparro risks his life to capture this killer and becomes successful four years later.
But due to inner as well as political corruption in the judiciary and the then periods of Argentinian "Dirty War" allows the killer to walk free who soon disappears into thin air. This is the central story of the book that occurs in the time frame of late 60s, whereas the present is tuned to the early 90s when the story opens with Chaparro and his idea of his manuscript.
The present story is where the author narrates about Chaparro's secret love interest which he harbored within himself for over 30 years, although after two unsuccessful marriages, he is still in love with his then-colleague-cum-intern, Irene Hornos, who is now a judge of the court. This novel is the perfect example of a complex plot that stitches the threads of complexities into the minds of its readers with it's intricate structure of the mystery.
Swaying between two timelines and in between two narrative styles- while describing the present the author uses the third person POV of Chaparro and while describing the past he uses the first person POV of Chaparro, the author never loses away from the exact emotion of the storyline- suspense and anticipation.
The prose is absolutely reminiscent thus knotting the brains of its readers with nostalgia layered with suspense and the urge of finding out what happens next never leaves the room. The pacing is really good although at times Chaparro's difficulty as well as uncertainty in writing a story from his past with so many unfilled gaps proved to be a bit dull in the already intriguingly glowing plot.
The mystery is wrapped under a corrupted judiciary as well as dirty politics in Argentina which proved to be a strong backdrop for this story thus making it engaging as well as thought-provoking for its readers. This unstable as well as fractured Argentinian society is vividly described in Chaparro's past with lots of in-depth details. The author even lets his readers question a society so heavily corrupted as well as Chaparro's methods in solving the crime.
The complex characterization proved to be a boon for this plot, from the murdered victim to the secret lover to the killer to the windowed man to the murdered best friend to the protagonist, each and every one questions the readers' minds and leave a long-lasting fragrance of their complicated demeanor. Overall, this is a brilliant example of Sacheri's literary work. And do read this book, if you've watched the original Argentinian movie or is planning to watch the latest Hollywood version of this book, that is directed by Billy Ray, featuring a star-cast actors like Julia Roberts, Nichole Kidman, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dean Norris, Micheal Kelly etc that will release in the month of October, View all 10 comments.
After watching this book's film adaptation the Argentinian version three separate times, it was about time I read the novel it was based on. I absolutely love the film, and now I enjoyed the book. It's all about the characters, specially that of the main one, Chaparro, and his coworker, Sandoval. In the story, Chaparro is reflecting back on his life and trying to write a book about the brutal murder of a young woman 30 years ago. The novel takes place in Argentina during the late 60s and throu After watching this book's film adaptation the Argentinian version three separate times, it was about time I read the novel it was based on.
The novel takes place in Argentina during the late 60s and throughout the 70s and 80s. I read the book in Spanish which is the original language. I have not read it in English so I don't know how good the translation is. I enjoyed it and recommend it. View 2 comments. Shelves: mystery-crime-thriller , group-reads , audiobook , video-adaptation , read-in This book was amazing. I am amazed that a mystery with such an intricate plot could have been made into a movie, and an Oscar winning movie to boot!
Sacheri's book rates as my top mystery of the year, maybe even longer. His reasons are twofold; to purge himself of the 30 year-old cold case that has dogged his career, and also to provide an excuse for frequent visits to a coworker that he has This book was amazing. His reasons are twofold; to purge himself of the 30 year-old cold case that has dogged his career, and also to provide an excuse for frequent visits to a coworker that he has had a crush on for decades.
As his story within a story unfolds the reader is introduced to an intriguing cast of characters on either or both sides of the law as Chaparro works to resolve a tragic rape and murder.
I highly recommend it. Shelves: I knew what to expect, after watching and loving the movie version that won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Actually, I wish I had discovered the book before seeing the movie, because some of the urgency and some of the surprising revelations are lost in a second reading. I understand Eduardo Sacherri actually worked on the script, so it shouldn't be a surprise that it was such a good adaptation.
Still, I believe some aspects were better handled in the movie, especially those involving Irene. For those who are unfamiliar with the story, the book is a police procedural, a political thriller, an existential introspective journey, a moving love story that transcends death, another romantic entanglement that somehow cannot make the translation from eyes to words.
The police procedural referes to the investigation, led by a functionary in the Justice Department - Benjamin Chaparro, into the gruesome murder of Liliana Colotto, a young housewife in a typical Buenos Aires suburb.
The political thriller refers to the impact of the military dictature on the life of ordinary citizens, and on the distortion of justice when it is put in the service of state terrorism. The existential angle comes from Chaparro looking back at his life after his retirement from the administrative post and examining his obsession with the Colotto case and his relationship with his two former wifes, with his colleagues and enemies bureaucrats, arrivists, activistss.
The love that continues after death is the story of the young widower, Ricardo Morales, who is a 'dead man' and twenty-six, and can't give up on the idea of justice for his murdered wife. The romance without words is the passion of Chaparro for his colleague and later boss in the Justice department, Irene Hornos. The different threads are in fact inseparrable, and each one determines the other in a chain of causality that I found both chilling and convincing in their casualness - 'it could happen to anyone, anywhere' where people consider themselves above the law.
Here's how Morales explains it: Do you want me to tell you the truth? I simply applied the existential principle that governs my life. It's my maxim: Everything that can go bad is going to go bad.
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