This is the first time I’m reviewing book by a German author for you. But don’t be afraid it’s available in English as well!
Twelve-year-old Josy has an inexplicable illness. She vanishes without a trace from her doctor’s office during treatment. Four years later, Josy’s father, psychiatrist Viktor Larenz, has withdrawn himself to an isolated North Sea island in order to deal with the tragedy.
Then he’s paid a surprise visit by a beautiful stranger. Anna Glass is a novelist who suffers from an unusual form of schizophrenia: all the characters she creates for her books become real to her. In her last novel she has written about a young girl with an unknown illness who has disappeared without a trace.
Where is his daughter?
Can Anna’s delusions describe Josy’s last days? Reluctantly, Viktor agrees to take on her therapy in a final attempt to uncover the truth behind his daughter’s disappearance. But very soon these sessions take a dramatic turn as the past is dragged back into the light – with terrifying consequences.
Therapy by Sebastian Fitzek is an amazing thriller. Honestly. I can’t remember when I was hooked to a book so much at last. The story of Viktor and his little daughter Josy is an incredible psychological suspense novel. You get to know the psyche and background stories of every character. By that Fitzek achieves to create deep and convincing characters.
The plot itself is well structured and it’s one of those with an awesome twist. I was just a bit sad, that I was right about that twist and what had happened after not even half of the book. But to be fair I was only 80% sure until I got to the end. That is why I gave the book “only” 4 hearts, because I love totally unpredictable plot lines and that’s not entirely one of them. But my dad and some friends have read the books before and they didn’t guess it, thus it might only have been me.
But the rest of the book is amazing! It’s scary, dramatic and thrilling as well as a joy to read.
Have you read this book? If not, do it. And if yes, what did you think of it? Leave a comment below.
If you’re in the UK you can get Therapy as kindle ebook for less than a pound at the moment and Germans can get the book on Amazon as well or in their local book store of course.
I’m eager to read more of Fitzek’s work soon, hopefully the others are just as good. Have you read any of his other books? Can you recommend which one to read next? Leave a comment, thanks for your help!