Therapy : A Gripping, Chilling Psychological Thriller Paperback
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Four years later, Josy's father, psychiatrist Viktor Larenz, has withdrawn himself to an isolated North Sea island in order to deal with the tragedy.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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 02/01/2014
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780857897077
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Review by ebyrne41
'Therapy' is a psychological thriller (or a thriller about psychology?) from Germany's Sebastian Fitzek, and it is a book that will challenge your understanding of what is real and what is unreal. And not 'til the end will you properly comprehend the story you have just read. For the ending will surprise, confound you even, for I can safely say that any thoughts you might have as you progress through the book as to how the story is going to end will almost certainly prove wide of the mark and you will be left thinking afresh about the story you just read. It is the story of psychiatrist Dr. Viktor Larenz, whose 12-year-old daughter, Josy, disappears while on a visit to a doctor's surgery. Over the following years Viktor's mental health inevitably suffers as he struggles with his daughter's disappearance, his wife leaving him, and his heavy drinking. The story is largely as relayed by Viktor to a fellow psychiatrist and much of it takes place on an island Viktor has retreated to but where his privacy is intruded upon by the mysterious Anna Glass. Given that schizophrenia and mental illness are very much central to the story, you the reader might well wonder as to the truth of what is supposedly taking place or being said, and whether in fact characters are real or imaginary. The one certainty is that not all is what it appears, and predictable the book is not.The truth of course of all that has happened is finally revealed in a most surprising climax. The ending might not satisfy all readers, but it worked for me, and I can heartily recommend this, my first but not last Fitzek read.