Valentina Giambanco was born in Italy. After her degree in English and Drama at Goldsmiths, she worked for a classical music retailer and as a bookseller in her local bookshop. She started in films as an editor's apprentice in a 35mm cutting room and since then has worked on many award-winning UK and US pictures, from small independent projects to large studio productions. Valentina lives in London.
This, her third novel featuring Seattle Detective Alice Madison, is as twisty and tasty a crime thriller as anyone could wish for . . . Madison is a sensitively drawn, fully rounded character, ensuring this compelling mystery stands out from the crowd and gives the reader a heroine to cheer for when the body count mounts - Daily MailFirst-rate . . . V.M. Giambanco is a powerful writer with a strong story - The TimesA creepy, effective serial killer tale - Sun on The Gift of DarknessGiambanco is a name to watch - Daily MailA great debut . . . you won't put this one down - Globe and Mail on The Gift of DarknessMadison and her colleagues are strongly written, compelling characters and the primary plot is high-octane stuff - GuardianA convincing and gripping debut on the crime thriller scene . . . sharp, intriguing plotting - Eurocrime on The Gift of Darkness