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Therapy Paperback – Unabridged, 1 Aug 2008

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (1 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330453157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330453158
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 998,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A brilliant combination of electric writing and an astounding story are the two reasons this book was so compelling...'
-- Crimesquad

'Many a crime novel is trumpeted as a `psychological thriller', but Therapy really is a thriller about psychology.' -- Shots magazine

'This book suckers you in, but once you're hooked you are there until the final twists.' -- Eurocrime

'This is the best piece of crime fiction I have read so far this year; it has a gripping storyline.' -- The Bookseller

`For anyone who enjoys thrillers, this is an absolute must read...I found it almost impossible to put down'
-- BCF Book Reviews

`This is a clever book, one in which different layers of reality are exposed as the narrative progresses' -- Black Static magazine

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'Many a crime novel is trumpeted as a `psychological thriller', but Therapy really is a thriller about psychology.'

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Josy is a twelve year old girl, who develops a mysterious illness, then one day disappears. There is absolutely no trace of her, and her body is never found.

Her father, well-known psychiatrist Viktor Larenz, is unable to cope with the loss, and after splitting up with his wife, he retreats to an isolated island, in an attempt to heal.

His time there is shattered by the arrival of Anna Glass, a schizophrenic who claims that characters she writes about come to life; and she has a story to tell about a young girl with an unknown illness, who has disappeared. Is there a connection? Can Anna's delusions explain what happened to Josy?

For anyone who enjoys thrillers, this is an absolute must read. It's fast paced, with plenty of twists and turns, and I found it almost impossible to put down. Is Anna the one with the mental illness, or is it Viktor?I felt completely absorbed in this story, and it's characters, and they have stayed with me ever since I put it down.

I would be very surprised if this doesn't become a hit film, and I'm going to recommend it to everyone!
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By Alison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2009
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A good psychological thriller that was well paced and detailed with a strong fluid writing style. I did have a bit of trouble wondering how to pronounce some of the German words (I've never learnt German) but it didn't detract from the book.

The descriptions of the places paint a detailed picture of each location. There are a variety of characters and events that build the story and some quite scary parts that are real page turners.

There are many twists and turns throughout. I gave the book 4/5 becaise I I did guess the main twist about half way through. However, I wasn't sure about the 'who' so I was still compelled to read on and find out what precisely was going on. Even with guessing part of what the cause of Josy's disappearance was, the ending was still revealing and unexpected.

Highly recommended if you like psychological thrillers. I'll be looking at what else Sebastian Fitzek has written
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This book would not be for everyone. It explores a part of human nature that many people would rather leave to someone else. It was intriguing and had so many twists and turns that you felt you needed treatment! Definitely like this author, he has a way of writing that reads easily. Well worth reading if you like a challenge.
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A short novel that packs a punch. Viktor's daughter Josy has been ill for quite some time and he brings her to be examined by yet another doctor. As the book opens he is beside himself because she has simply disappeared from the doctor's consulting room. There is no body to mourn and no real clue to her disappearance.

Fast forward 4 years and he is in his holiday home on the fictional island of Parkum in the North Sea where he is trying to deal with her disappearance. Clearly he is still struggling.

The arrival of Anna Glass at his isolated home stirs up his latent professional leanings (he was practising as a psychiatrist before Josy disappeared), yet he is simultaneously unsettled. She seems to have access to every area of his life, both physically and psychologically and insinuates herself into his very core and consciousness. The more he has contact with her, the more any physical contact with the mainland is cut; and the more he seems to lose connection with reality. Or does he?

Ultimately there is the dawning realisation that much of the storyline is a fractured thought process, with paranoia, projection of motive from one character to another, schizophrenia, and hallucination. Is it Viktor's stream of consciousness that is becoming more and more muddled as he frantically tries to find out what really happened to his daughter? Or is it Anna's unstable mental state that is gradually clawing its way into Viktor's subconscious? As Viktor gets in deeper with Anna and begins the process of therapy with her, he believes he is gaining clarity that it is not for her benefit, but for his. And that is sacrilege in the patient/therapist relationship, but his need to find out what happened to Josy overrides everything, right to the last chapter.
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... I initially downloaded the freebie start of the book. It had me enthralled from sentence 1.

I bought the book as I was so intrigued. That was yesterday afternoon. I just could not put it down, I read in bed, on the sofa, in the bathroom and the kitchen.

I was gripped, but also a little scared, it had me holding my breath, second guessing, wondering ... a bit of a roller coaster book of thrills. Very good plot, well written and quite, quite psychologically thrilling. Is he mad, is he sane and there is a dastardly plot against him, is he evil ... I'd definitely recommend this book to thrill seekers.
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Others have given a synopsis of the plot, so I won't however this is one of the most interesting, thrilling and intense reads I've had in a long time. I was torn between not putting it down, and needing to look away, take a breath and regroup, before reading on. At various points I thought I knew what had happened, or how the story might unfold, and I was wrong, every time. In parts I was moved to tears. Exquisitely drawn characters, incredibly well-crafted plot, dripping with drama and intensity, utterly believable, highly recommended.
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