This has to be one of the most exciting psychological thrillers ever!
If I could give this 7 stars out of 5 I would.
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What’s it about?
Ready or not, here he comes…
It’s the same each time. A woman’s body is found with a ticking stopwatch clutched in her dead hand. A distraught father must find his child before the boy suffocates – and the killer takes his left eye.
Alexander Zorbach, a washed-up cop turned journalist has reported all three of the Eye Collector’s murders. But this is different. His wallet has been found next to the corpse and now he’s a suspect. The Eye Collector wants Zorbach to play.
Zorbach has exactly forty-five hours, seven minutes to save a little boy’s life. And the countdown has started..
It’s different and why would I recommend it…
So so different. Starts at the end and works its way to the beginning, confused? Don’t be it becomes totally clearer towards the end!
The very first sentence had me hooked, telling me that this book promised a tale I would not be able to leave alone and it starts with the Epilogue:
Some stories are like fish hooks, prickly with lethal barbs that embed themselves ever deeper and more inextricably int he minds of the audience, compelling them to keep listening.
In the Epilogue at the beginning Alexander Zorbach, tells you to stop reading, not to continue….not a chance did I not want to keep reading.
So, we see that the chapters start at the end and count down, also with a deadline of hours until something terrible happens to a child.
Clever…. very clever, but you might not guess why until the last moment, I didn’t.
Alex is an ex cop turned reporter (now there’s a tale in itself) who is compelled to follow up on a story that is personal and gets more personal. A killer is playing a game in which a child can be saved if Alex can work out where he is.
The more complex a story the more I enjoy it and Sebastian Fitzek is truly a Master of complexity. The Eye Collector is not just a simple tale of a killer inviting one man to join in his ‘game’ before he kills again. Oh no, this is much more complex than that. Each twist literally jumps up and shocks your brain into sudden awareness, and there are so many of them, making a story that is complex within complex within complexity itself. This is why you should read it. I was completely blown away with how Fitzek could think of such a story and write it so brilliantly.
I am not going to give anything away here because this book is so complex anything I tell you would be wrong to do so.
What I thought about the characters…
I love Alex, he is so solid, not to be fooled with, or fooled. He is of moral character, and a guy you would like to depend on.
When Alina enters the story I was not sure about her, but then nor was Alex. Blind Alina who she gets ‘visions’ become entangled in the search for the killer. She grew on me as her own character unfolds into yet another complex part.
Toby a child: hidden, he doesn’t know what has happened or where he is. Bless him, what a brave little character he is. Fitzek captures the thoughts of a small boy well in a story full of adults.
The other characters are individual and each stands out, I enjoy them all.
What did I like best in The Eye Collector?
I like the way Fitzek gives us each of the characters thoughts separately in italics, as if we are hearing them in the first person. It makes them so much more powerful that way. Alex’s thoughts gives what he really thinks instead of what comes out of his mouth, I think we have all been there!
I did not see the ending coming, really I didn’t, I’m not just saying it. I keep going over in my mind to see if I could have gained an inkling, but no it was a total surprise. Oh yes, The Eye Collector has definitely embedded itself into my brain.
It is a book full of suspense and fear, but there is also some humour throughout, just enough to bring the characters to life.
For instance Alina is blind with a guide dog called TomTom, nice touch I thought!
Also Fitzek has explored blindness with utmost care, I felt I learnt new aspects of it.
There are some really nice lines in The Eye Collector where Sebastian Fitzek shows his skill of giving detail in his writing.
Talking about ‘every must have toys’ bought for kids, which Alex didn’t agree with but realised the importance of fitting in, I love how this sentence conveys so much about parents and kids:
“But I wasn’t going to send him empty-handed into the Darwinian fight for survival that raged daily in every school playground.”
There is such a sense of excitement and tension throughout, here is just one line that made my hair stand up:
‘My reason for suddenly wanting to turn and run. Away from this place known to no one.
No one but the person inside the house-boat, who had just lit a cigarette.’
So much throughout the book had me absolutely gripped…I needed to keep reading because it was so intense. Another:
‘She drew a deep breath in preparation for the cry that slowly took shape in her throat and emerged as a guttural roar.’
I really wish I could tell you about the most exciting parts for me but, it’s not going to happen because I don’t give away any possible spoilers.
I will finish my review with one of the most highlighted passages in this book, so my kindle tells me, well deserved I think, as Alex lets his son Julian down yet again:
“The older you get, the more your life is founded on unfulfilled promises. There is always, of course, a good reason why you can’t …….”
To sum up The Eye Collector in one word for me would be:
I have since bought two other books by Sebastian Fitzek because I am blown away by his mind!
Trade paperback ISBN: 978 0 85789 369 7 E-book ISBN: 978 0 85789 370 3
Originally Published in German as Der Augensammler in 2010 by Droemer Knaur. Published in trade paperback in Great Britain in 2012 by Corvus, an imprint of Atlantic Books Ltd.
Printed in Great Britain