My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer.
Robert Stern, a successful defence lawyer, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. To his astonishment, the defendant is a ten-year-old boy – Simon – a fragile child with a chronic illness who insists that he was a murderer in a former life. Stern’s surprise quickly turns to horror as he searches the cellar Simon has directed him to and discovers the skeletal remains of a man, the skull split with an axe – just as Simon told him he would.
But this is only the beginning, as Simon tells Stern where to find even more victims whose bodies have lain undisturbed for years. Suddenly, the present feels murderously dangerous as well…
Simon want Robert Stern to defend him after he claims to be a serial killer. He leads Robert to a body, he killed 15 years ago, with an axe to the head.
Robert and his ex-wife Sophie lost a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 10 years ago, which has left Robert devastated. Sophie has remarried and is now a mother to twin girls.
It is difficult to say whose story this is, is it Roberts or Simons, but it is a tale that brings them together with an intriquing plot of re-incarnation. Simon is given a regression in order to help him not to be scared of dying.
Set in Berlin, it does not give you a scenic description of the place nor does it endear you. It really does take you on a terrible and horrific journey.
If you are going to write a psychological thriller then this is the way to do it, and if you are going to read one then you can’t get better than this. The Child starts and ends brilliantly and is a novel that grips you and makes you sit there and read till the last page.
I am rarely speechless about a novel but this one has it all, mystery, excitement, drama, it is simply a novel to get your teeth into. It covers a dark subject that is quite upsetting, it tells of murder and blackmail and leads you steadily and cleverly to the final twist.
Sebastian Fitzek is an author that I will be watching out for.