'Fitzek's thrillers are breathtaking, full of wild twists' HARLAN COBEN
Emma's the one that got away.
The only survivor of a killer known in the tabloids as 'the hairdresser' – because of the trophies he takes from his victims.
Or she thinks she was.
The police aren't convinced. Nor is her husband. She never even saw her tormentor properly, but now she recognises him in every man.
Questioning her sanity, she gives up her job as a doctor in the local hospital and retreats from the world. It is better to stay at home. Quiet. Anonymous. Safe. No one can hurt her here.
And all she did was take a parcel for a neighbour.
She has no idea what she's let into her home.
'Sebastian Fitzek is without question one of the crime world's most evocative storytellers. He always serves up an intense, impossible to put down thriller and The Package is no exception. A gripping read with a surprising twist, this one is not to be missed'
'Sebastian Fitzek is simply amazing. I truly hope that one day I will be able to create suspense and plot twists in the way only Sebastian can. A true Master of his craft'
Sebastian Fitzek is Germany's most successful author. His books have sold 13 million copies, been translated into more than thirty-six languages and are the basis for international cinema and theatre adaptations. Sebastian Fitzek was the first German author to be awarded the European Prize for Criminal Literature. He lives with his family in Berlin.
Coming soon: PASSENGER 23
When Emma Stein, the protagonist of this uninspired thriller from German author Fitzek (The Nightwalker), was six, she was haunted by a ghost only she could see. One night, fearing the ghost, she entered her parents' room for comfort, only to have her angry father tell her to get out or be hurt. Emma underwent psychotherapy, and when she was 10 was supposedly cured of her hallucinations. Now, at 34, Emma is a psychiatrist, working in Berlin. After someone writes a threat worded similarly to her father's on a bathroom mirror in the hotel room where she's staying during a vacation trip, Emma is sexually assaulted by a murderer nicknamed the Hairdresser for his habit of shaving his victims' heads. Her account comes under scrutiny after she's told that the number of her room doesn't exist, and that while her own scalp was shorn, the Hairdresser has never before left his victims alive. Fitzek toggles back and forth in time confusingly before offering a series of unsatisfying twists. Fans of this type of dark thriller will be better off with Lisa Unger.