The Package by Sebastian Fitzek

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour today on this Friday The 13th (very appropriate!) for The Package by Sebastian Fitzek. Many thanks to Lauren at Head of Zeus for my blog tour invite and review copy of the book.

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 hairdresser’ – 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.

On the street where I live, we are always taking in parcels for each other as it’s a nightmare having to organise a redelivery or go to the sorting office 5 miles away to collect (opening hours are DREADFUL!). But after reading The Package, I may be having a few second thoughts about how helpful I am! The package of the title doesn’t actually appear until quite far in the book but when it does, you will understand why! Well, maybe!

Emma has survived a vicious serial killer called “the Hairdresser” for reasons that will become apparent. But strangely she is the only one that has ever lived to tell the tale. She starts to doubt her sanity though when the police can find no evidence of the hotel room she was in when it happened-or the witness she spoke to just before it happened. She retreats from the world and all those who love her, kept company by her loyal dog Samson. She feels safe at home-but then The Package arrives…

If you’ve read any of the authors previous books then you will have some idea of what to expect here. The translation from German works well but to begin with the complex plot does involve a lot of concentration. As usual the storyline is cleverly complex and you don’t realise just how clever until the end! The narrative is twisty and plot driven with plenty of shocks plus there are vividly described violent acts that could upset some but I found to be perfectly pitched for the almost cinematic feel to The Package. Emma was a complicated character, I struggled to understand her at times as I wasn’t sure whether or not she was a reliable source of the truth because there were some issues there that didn’t seem to have ever been solved!

The Package won’t appeal to everyone but I found it to be a compelling and gripping psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat, desperately seeking answers to the many MANY questions thrown up by the twisted mind of this very popular author!

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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