“No steps on the snow” is now a papery book!

The wonderful news of this hot month of July is that my English Edition “No steps on the snow”(New Edition) is now a papery book, immediately available all over the world! It is a dream that comes true for me. This book is the English edition of “Nessun segno sulla neve”, the first one I wrote. In its Italian edition this psychological thriller, with great emotional impact, won the National Literary Award Circe 2013, and was successfully presented in the most important Italian book fairs, such as Modena Literary Fair and the Rome Piùlibripiùliberi Book Fair. It got the best five stars reviews from critics and readers.

It was also chosen by the Rome City Hall for a cultural event of the Roman Summer and presented in the gardens of Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, during an unforgettable summer evening, while at the piano a music director played, near the Tiber river and under the stars, all the songs that I recalled in the book.  “No steps on the snow” was published in three successful Italian editions and inserted in two editorial collections Beyond the City and Innocent Crimes. It is distributed in UK by Abe Books, Gloucester, assessed with five stars review and it is listed at the Italian & European Bookshop, in London. It climbed the Amazon Best Sellers list in USA, Japan, Germany and Italy.


This book was my first experience. I started writing it in a very particular moment. In fact, working, following my children, my husband and the house, I never had time to sit and write what I had in mind. Unfortunately, in 2008, an accident occurred to me, that left me in bed, motionless, for almost two months. The only hand I could move was the left one. And with this hand I started writing the book. I was alone many hours, everybody was at work or at school, and from my house my glance could caress the Mediterranean Sea. Words and thoughts came easily to fill this story. Italian literary critics defined this book  The one written with the left hand, the hand of the heart…

If you prefer reading a papery book, smelling its scent and save it for ever in your shelf, you can purchase “No steps on the snow”(New Edition) in every Amazon Store. Now you can find it also in paperback, requiring the delivery comfortably at home or at the easier delivery spot .

To celebrate the event of the book release in the papery edition, from July 11th to 15th “No steps on the snow”, in the e-book version, will be in free promotion. Don’t miss it!


Paperback available in Amazon US, UK, DE,FR,ES,IT,JP

A SHADOW ON MERRIMACK RIVER (Un'ombra sul fiume Merrimack)

A SHADOW ON MERRIMACK RIVER – The Book and the reviews



A year in the United States, a fantastic opportunity to forget the events of the past. Then Diana will return to Rome, but if life in the United States will be a positive experience, she will be able to return. And Diana strongly hopes she will come back. In an evening of early spring, however, while with her friend Jenny, an obese girl, she is enjoying to skate on the Merrimack River still frozen, she doesn’t realize she has reached a point where the ice is breaking. In the fierce struggle that she engages with the force of the river waters, that with the beginning of the thaw are moving, Diana understands the plate is too thin, and may not hold up. And below, after hearing a thud, Diana realizes that glides silently a human body, a corpse from which she could be sucked into the river deepness. It’s the beginning of a nightmare in which Diana will live during the months that remain until her departure from what she had considered a quiet and peaceful little town. Until the solution of the mystery, which will take place with a stunning end.
The events take place in a small town in the Northeast of the United States in 1965-66, when America was in the midst of the conflict with Vietnam. Many descriptions of the places related to the nature and landscapes as well as to the complexity of American society. There is no lack of historical references.

The book is in catalogue at the Italian & European Bookshop in London.

Where to find it:

In the following link, where you can read the preview, and on Amazon stores all world wide.



This thriller set in New Hampshire in the 1960s looks at one girl, her family, and the shadows of her life that are revealed. The author has done a wonderful job at portraying American life as seen through the eyes of a visitor to this country and the mystery behind the shadow on the Merrimack River is one that’s not easily solved by the reader.

The phrasing was a little hard to understand at times–it’s translated into English from Italian, and obviously by someone whose first language is not English. I would suggest that the author look for a translator who is American and is fluent in Italian for her next book, rather than an Italian who is fluent in English. I believe that would help with the ease of reading.

This issue did not reflect on my enjoyment of the book, however, and I look forward to the next book Ms. Alibrandi has for us.


This book was a bit of a challenge at times {being translated from Italian}some phrases took me a bit to decipher. This did not take away from the main story. It is a tale of being treated as an outcast because of coming from another country, the way some shy away from people that are different. You become very connected to the character because of her treatment. The journey of finding a body within the water, adds the mystery. The building suspense and great character development leads to an unexpected ending.


It has a great storyline and all the ingredients of a page-turning thriller with the suspense building chapter by chapter and then a totally unexpected surprise ending. I liked how we knew what the main character was thinking and feeling throughout and I had empathy for her. I also admired her courage in seeking out the truth even at risk to herself although I was scared for what might happen to her.
The translation could be a little smoother but that did not take away from understanding and enjoying the plot and character development. I didn’t want to put it down until I finished it! And now I’d like to read more!


The thriller is set in Manchester, New Hampshire. Brown Avenue, Goffs’ Falls, St. Francis Church and the school…here the characters move in an involving plot that takes to an umpredictable and stunning end.The place is where I lived during my adolescence. When my American friends read the book, they got in touch with me and told me that the whole area had been demolished to enlarge the airport area. I was so sorry when I came to know that those roads and buildings had all been demolished! But my friends where happy to have walked once again in those beloved places. After many years, thanks to the book, I met my friends again and that was the longest hug in history!