Mafia Princess by Marisa Merico

Mafia Princess

By Marisa Merico

  • Release Date: 2010-04-15
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4
From 83 Ratings
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Marisa Merico, the daughter of one of Italy's most notorious Mafia Godfathers, was dazzled by her father, Emilio DiGiovine. To her he was all powerful, sophisticated and loving; to the rest of the world he was staggeringly ruthless. Marisa knew her father would do anything for her, but she hadn't expected just how much he would ask in return.

Born to an English mother, Marisa turned her back on her quiet life in Blackpool to join her charming father, Emilio DiGiovine, who had spent years trying to tempt her back to Italy. Arriving in Milan, Marisa had no idea she was returning to the heart of one of the most notorious drugs, arms and money laundering empires in the world.

At first her father shielded her from the family operations and Marisa was overwhelmed by the attention and gifts he lavished on her. But soon the temptation of a new recruit was too great and Marisa was drawn ever deeper into the family's sinister and brutal regime, witnessing things she was too scared to believe.

The day she eloped with her father's chief henchman was the day her father decided she was ready to be initiated into the true nature of the family business. Suddenly Marisa saw there was no limit to what he would expect her to do for him. She knew it was wrong, she knew she had to get out, but she had no idea how she could break the sacred Coda Nostra – and survive.

Marisa's extraordinarily story is the most powerful portrayal of a Mafia family to emerge in recent years. It's the perfect balance of shocking violence, dangerous betrayals and enduring love.


‘A riveting, stomach-churning story.’
The Sun

About the author

Marisa Merico was born to an English mother who had run away to Italy and married Emilio DiGiovanni. When her mother got too deep in the family’s operations she escaped back home to Blackpool, telling her daughter her father was a good-for-nothing petty thief. Marisa’s father, the Mafia Godfather of one of Italy most feared families, was determined to get Marisa back. Marisa returned to Italy, fell in love with her father’s chief henchman and eloped with him to get married. Soon she was neck-deep in the family’s terrifying operations with no way to escape. Then, suddenly, an auntie turned supergrass and Marisa, her father and 90 other members of the DiGiovine family were imprisoned in a 6-month trial that gripped Italy. Marisa is now out of prison and lives in Blackpool with her daughter.


  • Mafia princess

    By Gooba and Alfie
    A must read book once I picked it up it was hard to put down great read well done
  • Amazing read

    By Gannit
    Couldn't put it down. Amazing story. Must read!
  • Ok but not as good as expected

    By Ksty24
    Interesting story, but has no full conclusion.
  • Mafia Princess

    By Mammothh
    Ok, not brilliant. Hope not to find a horses head in my bed for saying that!!
  • Captivating

    By Claire198809
    An extremely captivating true story of and intriguing family and their lifestyle. I managed to finish this book in two days. Would recommend to all those who enjoy reading true events.
  • Best true story I've ever read

    By chrimwebster#
    An amazing story from a very strong women a must read its touched my heart and opened my eyes to another lifestyle thank you Marisa. X
  • Mafia princess

    By Jacwod
    Brilliant read. Couldn't put it down.
  • No other word than fab!!!!

    By Billie-jean 
    From start to finish this book was so addictive!!!! Recommended to everyone
  • A very good read

    By john cinquemani
    I hope u find happiness marisa. A brill read I loved it in could not put it down
  • Inspiring!

    By Kealeykeeeeeee
    Marisa, I hope that you get the peace in your life that you so rightly deserve, with Frank junior and Lara, peace be with you always. M.