Friday, July 1, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: Splinter
Author: Sebastian Fitzek
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release Date: June 2011
An insanely fast-paced, utterly unputdownable psychological thriller - what if we could permanently erase our most terrifying experiences from memory? And what could go wrong?
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 in his door, and he discovers someone else is 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 that 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.
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.
MME - memory experiment, called the program, participants will be erased in the memory, supposedly so that they can erase the worst memories of their lives. The idea is tempting, of course. Accidents, heartache, and tragedy - what would happen if we all that oppress us could forget forever?
The 32-year-old street worker and lawyer Marc Lucas is right in front of this decision. By an accident he has lost his pregnant wife and wants only one thing: forget and start anew. But that's not so easy, because suddenly a girl is dead, which he had saved his life while his dead ex-Fau apparently still alive or not? What is real, what deception?
An interesting question, we would want to forget, if we could? An interesting question, from which we would really much you can do.
This book was a great read and by an author that I will be keeping my eye on from now on.