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Stunning, brilliant piece of nonsense
am 11. Mai 2016
In his 2006 debut ‘Therapy’, Sebastian Fritzek focussed on persons with severe psychiatric issues, whilst also casting suspicion on the person recounting the whole story. What made it stunning was the plot and its many cliffhangers. Something similar occurs here, in a thriller perhaps inspired by early Michael Connelly’s police procedurals about serial killers. Here, Berlin is in thrall of a serial killer of mothers and as abductor of their young children. Who turn up dead within 48 hours, with their left eye missing.
This thriller’s story-teller is a traumatised ex-cop, now a crime reporter for a Berlin rag that thrives on scandal and sensation. His previous life was like that of other real and fictional crimefighters: underpaid, toxic for marital bliss, bad dreams, etc. Well into his new career as crime reporter, his somewhat annoying wife--always immersed in alternative medicine and esoteric matters—wants a divorce. When visiting a Berlin hospice with son Julian, the action begins…
What follows is another brilliantly-plotted tale full of cliffhangers. As in ‘’Therapy’’, readers are long kept in suspense about this hero’s sanity (and that of some of his former colleagues). Some interesting questions are raised: can a blind person be a serious eyewitness? Can clairvoyants be reliable assets in police investigations? Or persons ‘feeling upon physical contact a heavy charge of negative energy’, confirmed later on? In fact, Fritzek did quite serious research on blindness via interviews and other means before writing this thriller.
Much like Michael Connelly, Fritzek is an ebullient acknowledger, thanking his readers first, then page after page of collaborators, ending with the people who display his works in bookstores. Like Connolly, he could perhaps give his best helpers cameo roles in a future blockbuster? Perfect recreational reading experience.