Therapy by Sebastian Fitzek

514uVLaJaULI received this book from the publisher, Penguin SA, in exchange for an honest review.

Viktor Larenz is a well-known psychiatrist whose twelve year old daughter disappeared from the doctor’s office. At the time of her disappearance she had been suffering an inexplicable illness for almost a year. Struggling to cope with Josy’s disappearance and his failed marriage, Viktor retreats to a remote island to deal with the situation. Here he meets a woman called Anna Glass – a schizophrenic author who claims that the characters she creates comes to life.  She begs Viktor to help her to which he refuses as he stopped practicing four years ago, until she mentioned a character from one of her books: a young girl suffering from an inexplicable disease who just vanished one day.  Against his better judgment, Viktor decides to treat Anna, for the sole reason that he believes she might have the answers to what happened to his daughter.

Can he trust Anna Glass? Will she be able to help him find some answers or is she as dangerous as people claim her to be? I found Anna an enigma right from the start and I felt sorry for Viktor. He seems to be having a harder time dealing with the situation than his wife.  He tells his story to his psychiatrist, but NOTHING is what it seems.  Viktor is receiving treatment to deal with his situation and we learn the story being told from his perspective.  Who needs therapy more… Viktor or Anna? Listening to Anna’s story can we conclude that Josy was hurt (there were blood) and is not even alive? Did she really disappear?  Is his wife involved in her disappearance, as he suspects later in the story?

This story I found to be a suspenseful read and I was hooked right from the first chapter.  I kept turning the pages to learn what happened and basically read this book in one day. With this story we are let into the mind of a mentally unstable person. When I said nothing is what it seems, it really wasn’t and although the book serves lots of twists and turns, the biggest one of all is at the conclusion of the novel. This is my second psychological thriller I’ve read, but I can honestly say it’s my favourite one. It’s a compelling read and definitely something you would enjoy if you like suspense, mystery or psychological thrillers.

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  • Sounds like a chilling thriller.

    • It was. It held my attention throughout the novel. It’s good to sometimes step out of your comfort zone (I don’t read many crime fiction or psychological thrillers)

  • I love a good psychological thriller especially one that twists and turns with an unreliable narrator. This sounds like one I would like. Have you read Gone Girl?

    • Yes I have. That’s the other one I was referring to. I like this one more than Gone Girl

  • This sounds really interesting. Unreliable narrators always make for a bumpy but fascinating ride!

    • Yes, this one gives a whole new meaning to unreliable narrator. It’s one of those books I just couldn’t put down or stop reading!

  • Thrillers are SO not me

    • 🙁 Oh well, if you were into it, this one would have been a must-read

  • Seems like one that won’t be forgotten soon. Great cover too.

    • I love the cover Ionia. It’s creepy 🙂

  • I haven’t read a psychological thriller in a long time…this one sounds compelling! I’m even more interested since you said you like it better than Gone Girl!

  • Oooh, sounds like one of those really good thrillers. I don’t read a lot of those for some reason? I do like to be creeped out 😉

    • You won’t be creeped out too much with this one. It was a good read for me. Finished it in no time.

  • That is one creepy cover. Gives me the chills already. Thanks for sharing Mel, might have to add this one to my TBR.

    • I love the cover, totally creepy! The story isn’t that creepy though, but afterwards it might seem creepy to know how a deluded mind works

  • Sounds suspenseful!

    • Mildly so. Very intriguing!

  • This sounds so interesting! I’ll have to check it out. I love psychological thrillers.

    • Then you’re gonna like this one, Angeline!

  • Nice! I added it to my TBR 😀

    (and might try to read in in the original language: German)

    • Nice that you can read it in the original language! I can only read two languages…

      • Which ones can you read in?

        I can read in Dutch (mother tongue) and English, and I think I know enough German to read a not too complicated book (but it would be the first/second time I really tried, after high school).

        • Wow, I’m meeting another Dutch book blogger 🙂
          I’m Afrikaans (it is derived from Dutch). I read in English mostly, but I’ve recently started reading Afrikaans too. I might not be able to understand the spoken language well, but I’m sure I would be able to read an easy book in Dutch 🙂

          • Read books from Tonke Dragt or Thea Beckman! They are childrens/youth books, so the language might be simpler, but the stories are awesoms!

            And nice to meet you and thansk for following me 😀 added you to my rss feed too!

          • Thank you and I will look out for those books!