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Splinter by [Fitzek, Sebastian]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 169 customer reviews

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Inception --Guardian

A taut psychological thriller set against the backdrop of modern Berlin --The Times

Dazzling --Sunday Times

About the Author

Sebastian Fitzek has worked as a journalist and author for radio and TV stations all around Europe, and is now head of programming at RTL, Berlin's leading radio station. His first and subsequent novels have become huge bestsellers in Germany, and he is currently working on his fifth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 884 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus; Main edition (1 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G5YVSW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 169 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Splinter" is a fast-paced thriller based on a frightening idea: If somebody could erase the worst memories from your brain, would you let them do so? Marc Lucas is offered this choice and to him it sounds very tempting. His wife and his unborn child died in a car-accident caused by himself, the memories haunt him. After leaving the hospital his life is turned upside down and he realises that he cannot trust his own memories.

Sebastian Fitzek's "Splinter" is one of those books you cannot put down anymore before having read the last page. "Splinter" is told from the perspective of the main character Marc Lucas and after a few pages I suspected that there must be more than the "reality" of Marc Lucas. He is desperately trying to get to grips with this strange life of his, attempting to find clues about what happened to him in the clinic (that apparently does not even exist).

The characters are well-drawn, psycologically very interesting and the story-line with its many twists and turns extremely convincing - except the end. The end seemed a little too far-fetched, but did not ruin the book too much.

"Splinter" is a book to read in one sitting, a chilling account of what might happen if it really was possible to tamper with people's memories, deeply unsettling and haunting me long after the last page was finished. Four of five stars because of the disappointing end.
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I got this book simply because it was cheap and there were some good reviews, not expecting much. I sat down to read it on a Saturday afternoon, and what a mistake that was. I had to finish it the same day: it was unputdownable. Everything else I had to do that day was forgotten.

It drew me in from the first page, and the plot just runs off from there. Marc is a believable and relatable character, and his inner monologue is especially intriguing. It's nice to see how he thinks, and I felt myself really drawn to him later on in the novel. The almost nostalgic description of Berlin's streets really took me back there after having visited last year.

My main issue with novels such as this is that I either guess the ending halfway through, or it's so unbelievable that I just can't enjoy reading it. This wasn't the case with Splinter. I did have a guess, but I was wrong, and I felt, unlike others, that the ending was believable. I was left with a feeling at the end of wanting to read it all over again, and it made me question some of the ideas that I've just accepted in life, mainly about reality.

It's one of the best books I've read over the last year. I simply cannot recommend it highly enough, and it certainly doesn't seem to lost anything in translation. Don't hesitate to download.
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Read this in one sitting. Lots of twists and turns to the plot, kept me guessing right up to the end. Maybe the ending was a bit far fetched as per previous review, but it wasn't totally unbelievable. Good characterisation. Excellent value for money from the Twelve Days of Christmas List. Would definitely search out this author again.
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Sebastian Fitzek manages to write with a style that keeps you wanting more. I started the book with the intention of reading a few chapters a day, but found myself reaching the end of a chapter and telling myself just one more, before I realised it I had I reached the end of the book and the day was beginning to dawn, oops. Splinter is very clever and made me question how much my personality and life is carved by the memories that you have and the experiences that have led you there, and more importantly whether I would be willing to give any of them up, even the bad ones. I love this author and can't wait for all his books to be translated to English.
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I never give up on books and the main genre I read is crime and thriller. However, this just didn't catch my imagination and I found myself labouring at it each night and only getting through a chapter at a time before it would send me to sleep. Halfway through I realised I was wasting my time and gave up. I just found the whole premise annoying and going around in circles wasn't enticing or intriguing to me in any way. Not for me.
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This is one of those books that its easy to get into after only a few pages. I enjoyed the fact that its set in Germany rather than USA, but the best bit is right at the end. I wont spoil it for anyone planning to read it, but I was surprised, and it provoked reflective thought, which is always a good quality in a story.
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The main thing I can say about this novel is that it held my attention, even though for chunks of it I was highly confused. I can't pretend it is a style of novel I'm greatly taken with, and it was in places quite an uncomfortable read. If you want to read something somewhat 'out of the ordinary', then this may be the book for you.
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I gave up on this and ended up deleting it. It was going really well and although I raised my eyebrows at the odd happening it was just on the right side of believable to keep me interested. However, by the time I'd got to 69% it had gone off into the realms of what I'd class as fantasy and I lost all interest.
I see the translator went for American spellings-realization/empathize. I've found most translated works tend to do this, though he chose the English spelling of licence. There were also the odd spaces inserted into words that shouldn't have been there like with un expected or deve loped and I spotted a set of dropped speechmarks but no horrific spelling mistakes nor apostrophe errors which was good.
As I say, I was enjoying the story but think it should also be categorised under fantasy or sci-fi, perhaps. I packed in reading Stephen King as he was leaning more in this direction with latter stories and I have to be able to at least partly believe in what I'm reading.
I have another by him downloaded and will give it a go as well but this wasn't for me.
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