April 2011 Book of the Month.
An insanely fast-paced, utterly unputdownable psychological thriller from a German bestseller: what if we could permanently erase our most terrifying experiences from memory? And what could go wrong?
Early in this book, it is recognised that 'what is generally held to constitute the difference between man and beast (is) self-awareness. We reflect on why we exist, when we'll die and what happens after death, whereas an animal wastes no thought on whether it's on earth at all (and) can't even recognise itself in a mirror'.
It is impossible to enjoy literary fiction without being able to place oneself into someone else's mind. The more skilful the writer, the easier it becomes to do this and thus the more enjoyable - and certainly empathetic - is the novel.
The core theme of 'Splinter' is the proposition that humans could 'learn to forget' a traumatic or tragic life experience - a state of deliberately induced amnesia that, in erasing the bad experience, would necessarily wipe out the memory of one's whole life.
This consequences of this original and compelling thesis are successfully explored in this compulsively written, thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable book.
If you are prepared to try reading it - and we think you should - there is a postscript at the end that you may find worth reading first. It shows that, with the aid of modern pharmaceutical developments, the core theme outlined above (which is openly revealed on the cover of the book) is not as far fetched as you might think.
'Splinter' is already an 'international bestseller'. We are not surprised.
Marc Lucas had it all, and lost it all. He is only slowly putting his life back together after the car crash that killed his pregnant wife, when things start to go strangely wrong for him. Nothing too sinister to begin with: his credit cards stop working. But then his key no longer fits his door, and he discovers someone else working in his office. Much worse is to come: he comes home to find himself face to face with his once-dead wife, and she doesn't have a clue who he is. The next day, there is no trace of her.
Could this have anything to do with the clinic? They wanted to test their ability to remove traumatic memories from live subjects. Marc had met them, just once, but declined their experimental technology. He now fears they may have begun their tests illicitly...Can he discover just what is happening to him before the waking nightmare he finds himself living overwhelms his sanity?
Closing date: 06/09/2018
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
|Publication date:||1st April 2011|
|Publisher:||Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
Sebastian Fitzek has worked as a journalist and author for radio and TV stations all around Europe, and is now head of programming at RTL, Berlin's leading radio station. His first and subsequent novels have become huge bestsellers in Germany, and he is currently working on his fifth.More About Sebastian Fitzek