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 Four years later, Josy's father, psychiatrist Viktor Larenz, has withdrawn himself to an isolated North Sea island in order to deal with the tragedy.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.
Extreme grief permeates Fitzek's brilliant psychological thriller, a bestseller in his native Germany. When TV psychiatrist Viktor Larenz's 12-year-old daughter, Josy, who suffers from a number of unexplainable illnesses, vanishes without a trace from her doctor's office, Larenz's subsequent search for even the smallest clue to the girl's disappearance costs him his career and marriage. Four years later, Larenz has retreated to an isolated, storm-prone island, where he's visited by children's novelist Anna Glass, a schizophrenic who believes the characters she creates become real. One of those characters bears a striking resemblance to Josy and may have the answer to what happened to her. Unbalanced by his mourning, Larenz emerges as an unreliable but sympathetic character. Is he really losing his mind or is he being gaslighted? Undertones of gothic suspense imbue an unpredictable plot that will remind many of Shutter Island and A Beautiful Mind.
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Could not put this book down. Read it in 2 days. Had me hooked from the beginning.
The premise of the book grabbed me from the start. A psychiatrists daughter goes missing after an appointment.
The psychiatrist has a breakdown goes away on holiday, a lady shows up who’s schizophrenic and an author asking for his help as many of the characters in her stories comes to life. The latest character sounds rather familiar.
This book had me up hours reading it, it contains short action packed chapters with great cliffhangers, I wasn’t quite sure where it was going to lead, or how it was going to end I had a theory in mind but was pleased to discover I was wrong. But the ending for me was entirely satisfying and some of the twists and turns kept me guessing.
The translation from German to English was excellent, I very much look forward to reading more of Sebastian’s books.