Therapy Paperback – Unabridged, 1 Aug 2008
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'A brilliant combination of electric writing and an astounding story are the two reasons this book was so compelling...'
'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
'Many a crime novel is trumpeted as a `psychological thriller', but Therapy really is a thriller about psychology.'See all Product Description
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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!
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
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Started off ok but got progressively harder to follow-confusing -or was it just me??skimmed a lot just to get to the end which was a relief !not one i would recommend!Published 11 days ago by mrs s mchugh
Brilliant book, I could hardly put it down.
Had me wondering and guessing right until the end. Great writing, I thoroughly enjoyed jt
I quite enjoyed this book, despite its repetitions (and other signs of psychological disturbances). It is, however, quite hard to care about any of the characters.Published 2 months ago by M J Davis
Thoroughly captivating novel about two psychiatric complaints, schizofrenia and the lesser known condition of Münchhausen-by-proxy, in a privileged setting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alfred J. Kwak
Took ages to get into the story and I nearly gave up with it but persevered and eventually I wanted to finish the book. Hard-going but it had a good twist to it.Published 3 months ago by Pauline B.
Amazing read. Truly captivating and it makes your heart beat that much faster at the end of every chapter. Would highly recommend!Published 4 months ago by V. Pindair
Wow, Fitzek knows how to write a thriller! I'd not heard of this author before, but the blurb of this book really drew me in. Read morePublished 5 months ago by seachelle