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Tell Me What You See

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  378 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Teen gothic horror from a new German author--sure to send chills down your spine!

Berlin, Christmas, the dead of night: 16-year-old Alissa and her best friend, Evelin, are making their annual secret pilgrimage to the grave of Alissa's father when Alissa falls through thick snow to land in an underground crypt. There she finds a child's casket...with a strange black plant gr
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Chicken House (first published August 1st 2002)
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Oct 19, 2012 Aran rated it it was amazing
I'd read it again and again. In my top 10 favorite books. :3
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Nov 16, 2012 ♥ The Book Snob ♥ rated it did not like it
Literally the weirdest book I've ever read.

Gave me the creeps and negative vibes. And I didn't really get it.

Yikes! Of course I don't recommend this to ANYONE !
There are a lot of viewpoints floating around here. There's Alissa, and her best friend Evelin, and Alissa's parents, and Evelin's girlfriend, and Alissa's ex-boyfriend... Too many viewpoints, probably, and certainly more than was needed. Especially when events from one chapter are repeated in another, from a slightly different point of view. The viewpoints that are most used (Alissa, Evelin, ex-boyfriend Simon) are distinctive enough, particularly Simon's. But the other viewpoints, especially t ...more
Kathleen Dixon
Mar 31, 2015 Kathleen Dixon rated it really liked it
My daughter had this book from the library, and recommended it highly so I decided that even though I didn't have time, I'd read it. It's excellent. Alissa's father died when she was young, and she and her mother have never got on since. There's a stepfather and a half-brother, both of whom are fine, but none of the family are central to the story. Each year Alissa and her best friend Evelin make a Christmas night pilgrimage to her father's grave, but this year Alissa falls into a crypt and disc ...more
May 21, 2014 Alana rated it it was amazing
Alissa is the Winter Child. Simon is the Loving One. Evelin is the Best Friend. Robert is the Step Father. Elia and Aren are the Healers. This all takes place in the winter of Berlin.

Alissa's dad died when she was young. Every Christmas, Alissa visits her dad's grave with her best friend, Evelin. This year, Alissa chose to go at night. She has trouble finding her dad's grave in the dead of night. When she steps into a pile of snow, she falls through a hole that leads to a crypt. Evelin runs to
Molly S
Jan 20, 2014 Molly S rated it really liked it
Tell Me What You See by Zoran Drevenkar is about a teenage girl, Alissa who lives in Berlin. Every Christmas Alissa secretly visits her father's grave with her best friend, Evelin, but as they are searching Alissa falls into am old crypt. While waiting for Evelin to get help she finds something. "The plant is growing out of a dead child's chest,"(29). Little does Alissa know that soon the "hypnotic plat" will take hold of her as well. Her friend Evelin helps her and stays with her through her en ...more
Jan 14, 2016 Tia rated it it was ok
I've read some pretty weird books in my lifetime, but this one REALLY takes the cake for the weirdest book I've ever read. I think the problem with this book was I just didn't understand it. Alissa makes some really weird impulsive decisions and whether or not she could have prevented them, I'm not sure because the author and I were definitely not on the same page.I felt like it could have been a really cool story if the author slowed down and took a few minutes to explain what in the world was ...more
Oct 24, 2015 Lilia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Als Alissa beim Besuch des Grabes ihres Vaters in eine Gruft gestürtzt ist und eine Blume, die aus dem Körper eines toten Junge gewachsen ist, gegessen hat, ist nichts mehr wie es einmal war. Gestalten tauchen auf, ihr Ex-Freund benimmt sich komisch und sie sieht Dinge, die andere nicht sehen.
Ich persönlich finde, dass das Buch zu viele Perspektiven hatte (8 glaub ich). Bei jedem Wechsel der Perspektive wurde das Ende der letzten Szene wiederholt, was jeglichen Schwung geno
Sep 14, 2014 Mary rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I chose this book simply because I had just finished the author's latest translated novel "You" and gave it the highest rating. This is the only book by Drvenkar in my public library at the moment and I think it was only classified as fiction but perhaps I am wrong. Anyway I have read several young adult books recommended by my grandchildren and admired them immensely. But with this book I guess I am simply much, much too old. So, sorry I had to be honest in rating and I can only say I am not so ...more
Apr 30, 2014 Gaby rated it really liked it
On Christmas morning, Alissa and her best friend, Evelin, go to the cemetery to finds Alissa's father's grave. When Alissa falls into a crypt, she finds something that she has never seen before. When she goes home, things start happening to her. Her ex-boyfriend, Simon, starts stalking her. Alissa is the Winter Child. Everybody is born with a gift.

This book was really good. I loved to read it because you wouldn't know what was going to happen next. I recommend it. It's suspenseful, dramatic, and
Tori Trudeau
May 14, 2015 Tori Trudeau rated it really liked it
Tell me what you see is about a girl named Alissa who every year on christmas night she goes and visits her fathers grave with her best friend Evelin. One christmas night there isa a blizzard, but they still go out and try to find Alissa’s fathers grave. Alissa falls into a crypt where she finds a purple plant growing out of a child’s casket. While Evelin goes and gets her stepfather for help Alissa is stuck in the tomb. She walks over to the child’s casket and opens it. She finds that the purpl ...more
Nov 17, 2012 Vishy rated it it was amazing
‘Tell Me What You See’ is told from the perspective of multiple points of view but all of them tell the story of the teenage heroine Alissa. When Alissa was young her father dies in a road accident. Alissa misses her father and every year she goes to her father’s grave on Christmas night along with her best friend Evelin. The story told in the book happens during a period lasting for around a week starting from Christmas night. Though it is snowing, Alissa and Evelin leave their homes after ever ...more
Oct 16, 2011 Roshini rated it liked it
Shelves: bought
When I bought it, I didn't realise that this book had originally been written in a different language. I was a little wary, since I have not had very good luck with translated versions. Many a time, I find that the translator rambles and produces very long sentences, when shorter ones would've sufficed. That being said, I decided to give this one a try, and I'm glad I did. For one, the translation was good with no long-winded explanations. The story was a little on the creepy side and it was qui ...more
Hayley W.
Oct 24, 2012 Hayley W. rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In Zoran Drvenkar's "Tell Me What You See", Alissa and her best friend, Evelin, set off to the cemetery to visit Alissa's dad's grave, as they do every year on the day he died, coincidentally Christmas. While attempting to scrape the snow of the hundreds of coated gravestones to read the names, Alissa mystically plummets into a subterranean crypt. By candlelight, she stumbles into a pitch-black room and is oddly inclined to open a young boy's casket that is lying there. Growing out of the boy's ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Meg rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was a teenager, and I couldn't put the book down. It's so creepy, but fascinating. I absolutely LOVED it. I never knew the name of it or the author for a long time, and recently I googled every possible key word I could remember, and finally found it! Can't wait to read this again.
Jul 13, 2014 Victoria rated it it was ok
I rate this book 2.5 stars. It was an interesting book, to say the least.

I didn't find this book to be very horror-like, just weird. Weird, ghostly, and somewhat creepy. I really don't know how I feel about it.

It was intriguing, though. I wanted to find out what would happen, in a sense. But, I also didn't really find myself picking up the book much, so it took me a while to finish it. Other than that, it could have been a fast read.

If you like books where there are things that you do not know a
Apr 06, 2014 Xjuliexo rated it it was amazing
To me this book was absolutely perfect. Too long at some points but amazingly told by many perspectives.
I loved reading this fresh and new young-adult novel.
Jan 10, 2013 Christine rated it liked it
This book felt very twisted.

Saying it gave me shivers at some points are an understatement. It felt very dark, hopeless, evil...

But for some reason, I enjoyed it.
Translated, it was a little difficult to comprehend at times, but the main point came through.
This book sitting on my bookshelf seems to haunt me; the benefit of having different perspectives is that you get a sense of how everyone feels, thinks and lives. It was insane reading in Simon's perspective. His uncontrollable urges and des
Emily Price
I kind of feel like not enough explanation was given and it left me confused at times.
Karla Brading
Oct 27, 2015 Karla Brading rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could NOT put this down. Creepy.
Oct 21, 2008 TheSaint rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Do you have a best friend? Are you a best friend? After reading Tell Me What You See, by Zoran Drvenkar, I guarantee you will need to reevaluate what the term "best friend" means. Alissa is going through a particularly hard Christmas this year, but best friend Evelin is willing to help by going to visit Alissa's father's grave on Christmas day. An accident at the cemetery sets in motion a series of events and situations that no best friend should ever have to experience.
Dec 07, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
... wtf
Yesenia Mendiola
Feb 11, 2011 Yesenia Mendiola rated it it was amazing
i think this book was so interesting because it tells me about a girls life and how she changes really fast. My favorite part of the book is when she is scared that her friend might be pregnant and they are really worried then they go to the hospital and then they get really happy because she isn't pregnant........
Sep 27, 2011 Lori rated it it was amazing
I just recently read this book for the second time, and I loved it just as much as when I read it the first time! I really liked how the story went through most of the characters but still kept first person. The plot line and story was really unique, and I really liked the characters! I thought this book was awesome.
Danielle Brown
May 21, 2012 Danielle Brown rated it it was amazing
I have read this book multiple times and I have not gotten sick of it, not one bit.
This is one of the only books that this author has translated into English.
If you want a twisted horror story with romance, death, and pure adrenaline: this is the book for you.
N.L. Riviezzo
This book was odd and a little creepy but still a decent read. I was a little put off by the constant switching of narrators since they all sounded the same to me. I think the book would have been better if it had been written in third person.
Jul 28, 2010 Jasmine rated it it was ok
This book was one of those where it feels like you are stepping in during the middle of a series. It takes the majority of the book to explain somethings that would have made the book better had they been explained sooner.
Sep 15, 2013 Chantal rated it liked it
Shelves: horror-ya, ghost
Very suspenseful read! Cleverly written from the perspectives of each of the main characters, weaving an intricate tale of life and death; real and the supernatural; gift and curse.

Not for the faint-hearted.

Mar 25, 2013 Cory rated it it was ok
This book was really odd. Germans!! However, I ended up getting sucked in far more than I thought I would, and it created quite an atmosphere of spooky tension. In other words . . . I got kinda scared reading it.
Robert O Mahony
This book was okay but kinda boring. There wasn't enough information given about what was going on and even after finishing it I'm still unsure of what it was all about. Not as good as I was expecting
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Zoran Drvenkar was born in Križevci in Croatia in 1967 and moved to Berlin with his parents at the age of three. He has been a writer since 1989, and his novels, poems, plays and short stories have won him numerous awards and prizes. Zoran Drvenkar currently still lives in Berlin.
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