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The Beginning (Berlin Gothic series Book 1) by [Winner, Jonas]
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Book 1 of 2 in Berlin Gothic series (2 Book Series)

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Originally published in Germany as a seven-volume series, Berlin Gothic (appearing here as a two-parter) tells the story of Inspector Konstantin Butz, whose investigation into a series of murder-mutilations leads him to question whether his lover, Claire Bentheim, might know a lot more about the killings than he could possibly have suspected. Butz’s story is alternated with that of young Till Anschutz, who, 12 years earlier, is adopted into the Bentheim household, in which he discovers that Xavier Bentheim, his adoptive father, is a horror novelist who is hiding some truly horrific secrets. Richly detailed and populated by characters who breathe remarkable life into the story, the book ends not with a cliffhanger but with an abrupt stop, leaving readers with no option but to wait for the second volume to see how Winner brings this thrilling, terrifying story to a conclusion (8/1/2013).

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Berlin Gothic will definitely be one of those sagas that make some thrillseekers salivate. Definitely not a bookfor the faint of heart, this begins a series that sets its sights onbeing chilling, horrific, and unique.
 
Inspector Konstantin Butz is knee-deep in a series of murders that are complete and utter mutilations. The most difficult part for him in this investigation is the fact that he’s beginning to suspect the love of his life, Claire Bentheim, may know something about the brutal killings.
 
The Inspector’s story runs parallel with another. Till Anschultz is an orphan on the run, and is adopted into Claire Bentheim’s family living in Berlin. Forming a bond with Max, the twelve-year-old son of the Bentheim’s, Till and Max act like the boys they are and choose to live adventurously.
 
Both of them are interested in exploring the office of Xavier Bentheim, Max’s father. Xavier is an odd man, to say the least. But that’s not really a surprise because he lives his life as a writer of horror. When the boys get up the nerve to delve into the office, they find themselves scared silly by what they discover hidden behind a secret door. And the two stories become interwoven in a way that will have readers
thinking about Stephen King at his most unusual.
 
To tell what the frightening treasure is would be a huge spoiler; readers definitely deserve to see the real thing. Detailed with characters that are both fascinating andhorrifying, the Berlin Gothic series will take its place in the category of horror, not suspense. And because of the great writing, it may just find itself on top of the American list of favorite fearful tales. Suggestion? Make sure you can handle some truly terrifying narrative and read on. Because this is only The Beginning to what is sure to be a very memorable and horrifying ‘End.’ -Suspense Magazine

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  • File Size: 3719 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (August 27, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 27, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BCPEWT2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,400 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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