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The Package

by Sebastian Fitzek

Books of the Month Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense Translated Fiction

LoveReading View on The Package

A seriously chilling, mind-burrowing read from a German author whose books have been translated into more than 24 languages. Emma reports being raped, she believes the offender was ‘the barber’ who killed his other victims, however she can’t convince the police or her husband. Sebastian Fitzek sent my emotions into overdrive in the prologue which was set 28 years previously, and they continued to race right through to the end. Hats off to translator Jamie Bulloch who ensured a seamless translation, the sense of place was strong, but I didn’t feel like an uneducated visitor in Berlin. Short, fierce chapters hit and ramped up the tension and certain thoughts were encouraged to conspire against me. The plot jerked at my scrutiny as it moved between now and three weeks earlier, with various characters being introduced and adding to the fabulous complexity of who, what, when, where, why, how! You may be successful in working it out, but will the journey be the one you were expecting? The Package is an intense psychological thriller full of plot-twisty action.

Check out our Q&A with Sebastian Fitzek and a trailer for The Package on our Blog.

Liz Robinson

The Package Synopsis

All you've done is taken in a parcel for a neighbour. You have no idea what you've let into your home.

Emma's the one that got away.

The only survivor of a killer known in the tabloids as 'the barber' - 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. He won't find her here.

And all she did was take a parcel for a neighbour.

She has no idea what she's let into her home.


The Package Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Complex, clever and imaginative. Full review

J Robinson

The Package Press Reviews

'Fitzek's thrillers are breathtaking, full of wild twists' Harlan Coben.

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ISBN: 9781838934477
Publication date: 12/11/2020
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781838934477
Publication date: 12th November 2020
Author: Sebastian Fitzek
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense, Translated Fiction,
Categories: Thriller / suspense,

About Sebastian Fitzek

Sebastian Fitzek is Germany's most successful author of psychological thrillers. His books have sold 12 million copies, been translated into more than twenty-four languages and are the basis for international cinema adaptations 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.

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