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Decompression: A Novel by [Zeh, Juli]
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Sven Feidler has abandoned the petty competitiveness of German society to establish a diving business in the Canary Islands. There, he and his girlfriend, Antje, have achieved happiness and a stellar reputation. Then, German soap-opera star Jola and her writer boyfriend, Theo, hire Sven to teach Jola advanced diving skills certain to win her the coveted role in a diving-centered blockbuster. But Sven soon realizes that there is something off-kilter about the couple. He catches them pushing each other into deadly situations, and Jola drops hints that abusive Theo is attempting to murder her. By then, Sven is obsessively attracted to Jola, even fancying himself in love, which ignites a dangerous, simmering jealousy in both Antje and Theo. Sven’s detached, self-absorbed version of the novel’s violent climax is mysteriously contrasted with Jola’s desperate journal entries that tell an altogether different story. Despite the temperate island setting, this crime novel is Scandinavian-style, couching incisive social commentary in a dark exploration of tainted love, obsession, and self-delusion. --Christine Tran

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"A mesmerizing and disturbing psychological thriller...Zeh's talent pulls this morally murky tale up from the depths and toward a redeeming light." —Wall Street Journal

"Erotic intrigue, deep-sea diving and clients from hell make for a lively mix in this German author’s fourth novel.... The gathering suspense is complemented by nuanced characterization in a pleasingly unpredictable work." —Kirkus Reviews

"Zeh is adept at describing the carelessness and perversities of the rich and famous.... [T]his is a story about obsession – this time with status, looks, and celebrity culture." —The Independent

"Gripping...Zeh is exceptional at building tension, and her use of shifting viewpoints keeps the reader guessing to the end. A darkly comic thriller that is impossible to put down." —Library Journal

“A tale that unfolds at a high level of psychological excitement.” —Der Spiegel
 
“A nightmarish, furious, cold thriller…Juli Zeh is at her literary best when she's describing underwater silence, when she's describing situations in which isolation is total and the world as it exists above water is bidden farewell. This is phenomenal.”Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung
 
“Juli Zeh's love-triangle drama easily bears comparison with the work of Patricia Highsmith, doyenne of the conspicuously amoral.”Brigitte

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  • File Size: 3572 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (May 20, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GVZV8CW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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