Blood Ties

Verónica E. Llaca


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Headline Publishing Group
28 March 2024
ISBN: 9781914495199
304 pages

From the publisher

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.

Julian and I called her Mother.

When the writer Ignacio Suarez 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 Felicitas Sanchez, 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 Felicitas, 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.

Veronica 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.