The Analyst – John Katzenbach

Would you take your own life to save another?. How would you feel if you figure out that within 15 days, you will be free or you must take your own life?.

Dr. Frederick Starks receives a letter from someone unknown calling himself Rumpelstiltskin, who threatened him to get himself into a suicide or find out who Mr. R really is.

If you’re looking for genre suspense novels this is a really good one to start.  It is well written, the structure of the plot is excellent and quite original on its own way.

To me the book has two main plots, first how the psychoanalyst is forced to commit suicide, how his life, career and reputation are destroyed and second how that made him change to become a different individual, how did he rise to get even and has his revenge to destroy those who conspired against him.

I liked Frederick; I felt sympathy for him and I loved the way he solved his problems, it was exciting and brilliant. This book reminded me of Rumpelstiltskin the fairy tale, because Frederick had to discover the identity of Rumpelstiltskin.

The ending to me was a bit disappointing, not what I was expecting, was kind of cut off but still a really nice book. I’m sure this book will invite you to try other works of Mr. Katzenbach.

What you are about to read is a big spoiler: Consider yourself warned.

P.D. If he had to fake his suicide to become someone else; killing his identity isn’t a form of suicide too?. Not literarily of course. What do you think about that?.

2 Responses to “The Analyst – John Katzenbach”
  1. Dante says:

    I guess you’re right, faking his death it might be seen as a form suicide. I love this book, but hate the fact; the author at the beginning gives you even the smallest details and suddenly doesn’t details or reveals too much information.

    • I know what you mean, to me half the book is how Mr. R destroys the psychoanalyst life and is very well detail the other half we vaguely know Mr. Frederick’s revenge plan, but that’s fair, it helps to build the action.

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