Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Therapy by Sebastian Fitzek

No witnesses. 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 Four years later, Josy's father, psychiatrist Viktor Larenz, has withdrawn himself to an isolated North Sea island in order to deal with the tragedy. No body.

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.

I read this quite quickly, the perks of a lazy weekend :) And I quite enjoyed it. Although it did feel like it was trying to be a bit more twisty than necessary. I didn't exactly see the ending coming, but I had a vague idea of where it was headed.

I reckon it'd make a better movie than book (said no one ever?) since there are some definite moments that have some serious movie scare-factor. But I didn't find the book particularly terrifying.

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