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5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent thriller
Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2016
Excellent story. Excellent book . Excellent writer Mr Sebastian Fitzek
4.0 out of 5 starsDark and disturbing crime thriller with a twist
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2020
I was fully hooked after reading the first line of the blurb. I mean, having a ten-year-old main character who claims to be a serial killer... How could I say no to that?! I'm definitely glad I got a copy of The Child now, because it turned out to be a shocking, very much disturbing but also intriguing ride. This story is definitely not for those with a weak stomach, and not even for the murder elements, but mostly because of the focus on child abuse. The Child focuses mainly on two characters: lawyer Robert Stern and the ten-year-old Simon with a severe illness. The reason the two characters meet is simply fascinating and I admit that I was hooked as soon as I started reading. The serial killer element, the regression and strange memories of Simon, the blackmailing, the danger, the mystery around the death of Robert's son, the trafficking angle... There is a lot going on in The Child, and you definitely have to prepare yourself for a very intense, dangerous and action-packed ride. While I'm not sure some scenes are exactly credible, I somehow didn't really mind as I was too busy racing through those pages. The Child is definitely a great read for those who enjoy dark and disturbing crime thrillers with a twist.
4.0 out of 5 starsHeart stopping psychological thriller!
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2018
When defence lawyer, Robert Stern agreed to meet a client away from the office, he didn’t expect his ex-girlfriend, Carina to arrive with a ten-year-old boy – in an ambulance. Simon Sachs was chronically ill and Carina was his nurse. But strange events had begun to occur after Simon had been hypnotized on his birthday. When he told Robert that he’d murdered a person fifteen years prior – and he WAS only ten – then explained where the body of that victim would be, Robert was baffled. He definitely didn’t believe in reincarnation – so what was going on? It was when the body was there, exactly as Simon had explained it would be, that things rapidly got out of hand…
As danger accelerated and went from bad to very bad – to worse – Robert had no idea what the end result would be. There was no way he could foresee what would happen…
The Child is set in Berlin, and is my first by author Sebastian Fitzek and wow! What a ride! Heart-stoppingly intense, the twists were shocking – the events were horrific; the evil was monstrous! And I thoroughly enjoyed it! I’ll definitely look for more from this author – psychological thriller at its best! Recommended.
5.0 out of 5 starsIt really does take you on a terrible and horrific journey
Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2015
Robert and his ex-wife Sophie lost a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 10 years ago, which has left Robert devastated. Sophie has remarried and is now a mother to twin girls. It is difficult to say whose story this is, is it Roberts or Simons, but it is a tale that brings them together with an intriquing plot of re-incarnation. Simon is given a regression in order to help him not to be scared of dying.
Set in Berlin, it does not give you a scenic description of the place nor does it endear you. It really does take you on a terrible and horrific journey.
If you are going to write a psychological thriller then this is the way to do it, and if you are going to read one then you can’t get better than this. The Child starts and ends brilliantly and is a novel that grips you and makes you sit there and read till the last page.
I am rarely speechless about a novel but this one has it all, mystery, excitement, drama, it is simply a novel to get your teeth into. It covers a dark subject that is quite upsetting, it tells of murder and blackmail and leads you steadily and cleverly to the final twist.
Sebastian Fitzek is an author that I will be watching out for.
4.0 out of 5 starsTwisty turny mess with your head goodness
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2015
Blimey this is a bit of a rollercoaster read, a book that grips you from the first lines and just simply won’t let go. A dastardly, twisty turny tale that will leave your head spinning.
Robert Stern is a defence attorney, highly successful but with a huge loss in his past that drives him to work excessively and not think too much about anything else. When an ex girlriend asks him to help a dying child who believes he was a killer in another life, Robert is sceptical. But when the bodies start piling up and Simon seems to have a strange prediliction for knowing what’s going to happen, he finds himself involved in a race against time and discovers he has more to lose than he thought…
This was a strange, unpredictable and insanely mad reading experience, this author knows how to mess with your head and keep you on your toes whilst playing with your emotions and making you question everything. It flows along with no breathing space, locking you into the characters lives and experiences and sending you off into wild flights of fancy about what might actually be going on.
The “bad guy” is to die for, a James Bond type super villain working behind the scenes to cause maximum mayhem, but who and why is the thing that will keep you up into the early hours. Add to that a really emotive subject matter handled very well and realistically despite all the unrealistic situations Robert finds himself in and you have a heady mix of emotional resonance and pure thrill ride.
Is reincarnation a thing? Or is there a simple explanation for Simon’s knowledge? Well you’ll have to read to find out and while you are you’ll fall in love with him, with Robert and with all the other gorgeously drawn characters that you’ll meet along the way. You will root for a happy resolution, get swept away by the pure imaginative drive of the narrative and ultimately collapse in a heap feeling like you’ve been running a marathon.
Twisty turny eminently readable goodness. That is what this one will give you. Plus a possible toothache from grinding them throughout.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 11, 2015
After reading the reviews for this I was expecting to get my mind blown away. All I can say is people must be easily pleased. For me the story lacked something and it was just quite - unbelievable to the point of becoming a fantasy tale of cops and villains. Good cops bad cops Sorry the plot did nothing for me at all Simon the young boy wasn't believable . In fact none of the characters were
I was looking forward to this - but found it rather implausible in places. However I did finish the book purely to find out how/what/why... this however won't put me off reading more books by this author - just for me personally it was frustrating rather than enjoyable.
This one took me by surprise. The blurb, and the first couple of chapters made me think that this is going to be a novel dealing with murder, reincarnation, and all other aspects of life/afterlife that enrich parapsychology books. It wasn't. Instead it became one of the darkest and most brutal crime thrillers that I have read. And, it was so full of improbable stuff, that wilful suspension of disbelief became mandatory. At the end, everything went down in flashes, with the explanations coming thick and fast from every quarter. It seemed that the author is in a hurry to get it over with. Good book. But too dark, and too improbable to be thoroughly enjoyable, as far as I'm concerned. Your call.