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The Unspeakable Acts of Zina Pavlou

"Moving, tense and morally haunting, this 1950s true-crime thriller centred on two women from the Greek diaspora sees a court interpreter become emotionally enmeshed in a murder case."

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Inspired by a real case, The Unspeakable Acts of Zina Pavlou by Eleni Kyriacou is crime fiction at its most compelling. Brilliantly crafted, with complex, authentically conjured characters who keep you hanging on every word, including those left unspoken, this also explores social and judicial prejudice, and raises questions around the ethics of interpretation. Oh, and the ending might just leave you speechless. 

London, 1954. By night, Eva works in the cloakroom of the glamorous Café de Paris. By day, she works as a Greek interpreter for the Met. One morning, the police call her to cover Zina’s case, a Cypriot woman accused of brutally killing her daughter-in-law and setting her alight. With Zina scoffed at as a stupid peasant, Eva finds herself going above and beyond, visiting the accused outside her official duties, wanting to ensure she receives fair treatment in a society and system that’s stacked herself her. With the death penalty still in place, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

As the case gets underway in the Old Bailey, Eva’s emotional involvement takes its toll on her personal life, while we also discover harrowing events from Zina’s past.

Through top-notch characterisation and clever plot construction, The Unspeakable Acts of Zina Pavlou isn’t just an absolute page-turner — it’s also hauntingly compassionate.

Joanne Owen

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