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Deal with the Devil

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  933 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Sonia Frey fears for her sanity. Her marriage ended in divorce after her husband tried to kill her. On top of this, an acid trip has disordered her senses - she can now 'feel' smells, 'see' sounds.
Paperback, 204 pages
Published July 2nd 2007 by Arcadia Books (first published 2006)
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Sandra Deaconu
Romanul o urmărește pe Sonia, o femeie care fuge de soțul ei după ce acesta a încercat să o ucidă. Când se refugiază într-un sat din Elveția și încearcă să își uite trecutul și să își găsească liniștea, atmosfera este tulburată de diverse evenimente bizare, care par să aibă legătură cu o legendă despre Diavolul din Milano. Cartea își propune a fi un thriller-mistery, cred, dar nu reușește decât să fie plictisitoare. Pentru că Sonia suferă de sinestezie, autorul ne obosește cu descrieri mult prea ...more
Cristina Boncea
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swiss, psychological
Cartea se învârte în jurul obsesiei unui bărbat care caută răzbunare asupra fostei sale soții, care a divorțat de el din cauza faptului că a încercat să o omoare.

Personajul principal se numește Sonia, și se refugiază într-un sat dintre munți, în Elveția cu scopul de a-și relua vechea slujbă, de maseuză. Acolo, ea găsește o carte în care citește despre legenda Diavolului din Milano iar apoi vede proiectate în realitate lucrurile despre care a citit. Se poate spune deci că este un roman mystery,
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Julia
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Eins der schwächeren Suter Bücher 2-3 Sterne. Angenehm zu lesen, aber am Ende eher "okay".
John
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dies war mein erstes Buch von Martin Suter, weshalb ich also keine Vergleiche zu seinen (angeblich) stärkeren Büchern ziehen kann. Es war sehr angenehm zu lesen und die Handlung wurde nie wirklich dröge. Suter hat mich sehr gekonnt mit der leicht düsteren und merkwürdigen Stimmung des Hotels Gamander gefesselt.
Was mich jedoch ein wenig enttäuscht hat, war die Tatsache, dass Sonias verzerrte Wahrnehmung für den Großteil der Handlung kaum eine Rolle gespielt hat. Ich hätte gedacht, dass sich die
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Steffi
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Überzeugend integriert Suter das Phänomen der Synästhesie in diesem Roman und die Beschreibung von Hotelalltag sowie Mentalität eines Schweizer Bergdorfes sind recht überzeugend: Dennoch: Das ist kurzweilige Lektüre und so etwas wie ein gehobener Kriminalliteratur. Aber hohe Literatur eher nicht, auch wenn das viele Kritiker anders zu sehen scheinen.
Jackie
Nach einem LSD-Trip leidet Sonia an Synästhesie, d. h. sie nimmt Dinge wahr, die Menschen eigentlich verborgen bleiben. Töne haben plötzlich einen Geschmack, und Worte haben Farben. Dabei ist ihr Leben bereits so alles andere als einfach, denn es vergeht kaum ein Tag, ohne dass sie an ihren Ex-Mann Frédéric denken muss, welcher nach einem gescheiterten Mordversuch an ihr nun hinter Gittern sitzt. Um dieser unwirklichen Welt und ihrer ständigen Angst zu entfliehen, entschliesst sich Sonia, sich ...more
Mirjam Lutter
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nach längerer Zeit mal wieder ein Roman von Suter - nach Small World und Montecristo mein dritter und ich bin wie bei den Vorgängern absolut begeistert! Suter erzählt hier die Geschichte der jungen Frau Sonia, die nach einer sehr traumatischen Scheidung und einem versehentlichen LSD-Trip psychisch sehr angeschlagen ist und kurz entschlossen einen Job als Physiotherapeutin in einem neu eröffneten Hotel in einem kleinen Bergdorf im Oberengadin annimmt, um den Geistern der Vergangenheit zu ...more
Falko
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ramona
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sidonia
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Als romanischsprechende Unterengadinerin UND linkhändrigen Synasthetikerin - eine interessante Lektüre. Einzig das Ende entsprach nicht ganz dem Standart des übrigen Buchs.
Henrik Uherkovich
ein weiterer gut geschriebener aber sehr oberflaechlicher, wenig spannender "Edelkrimi" aus dem Hause Suter ....
Romain
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
Sonia est une jeune physiothérapeute. Depuis quelques temps, sa vie s'est délitée, elle est séparée de son mari, un jeune homme ayant réussi dans la finance. Puis, les sorties, l'alcool, les drogues jusqu'à une expérience avec du LSD qui lui a laissé des séquelles. Cette drogue a réveillé en elle une synesthésie latente. Depuis, elle voit des voix et sent des couleurs. C'est pour se reconstruire qu'elle a décidé de partir travailler dans un village de montagne. Le grand hôtel qui y siège a été ...more
Patrick Bättig
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literatur
Sonias Sinne spielen verrückt: Sie sieht auf einmal Geräusche, schmeckt Formen oder fühlt Farben. Ein Aufenthalt in den Bergen soll ihr Gemüt beruhigen, doch das Gegenteil tritt ein: Im Spannungsfeld von archaischer Bergwelt und urbaner Wellness, bedrohlichem Jahrhundertregen und moderner Telekommunikation beginnt ihre überreizte Wahrnehmung erst recht zu blühen – oder gerät die Wirklichkeit aus den Fugen? Sonia Forster ist Synästhetikerin. Das ist schön, das hört sich gut an, will ich auch ...more
Anke
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Im Vergleich zu anderen Suter-Büchern eher belanglose Story, die so vor sich hinplätschert. Man wartet auf das Mehr, das aber irgendwie nicht kommt.
Jim Coughenour
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Martin Suter's A Deal with the Devil is set in the Engadine and adds a couple sharp twists to the standard crime novel. Instead of the typical police detective, his protagonist is a young woman recently separated from her wealthy, psychopathic husband. Among her other complications – such as a disturbing case of synaesthesia from an accidental acid trip – she lands a job as a masseuse for a luxury hotel in a sinister Swiss village. Suter's sly invocation of the supernatural reminded me of Fred ...more
Cristina
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I didn't have many expectations from this book, even though a good friend recommended and lent it to me. I don't have a lot of experience in what concerns Swiss literature, and even less with European thriller/mystery novels. What I was most skeptical about was the main character, who at first gave me the impression of being a classical crackhead. I didn't appreciate the drugs part at all about Sonia. I was a little embarrassed of myself later on when I discovered she wasn't a regular user or ...more
Jayne Charles
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Despite an intriguing start, with stoned person in search of toilet, not much happened in the first half of this book, unless you count the attempted assassination of an ornamental fig. I didn’t mind too much as I was enjoying the setting – high up in the Swiss mountains, land of cowbells and yodelling. It reminded me of a recent holiday there and was all very pleasant . The story picked up in the second half for sure, and aside from some leaden prose (could be the translation) it was pretty ...more
Pooja Anjali
The book is good for a light read. There are no deep, dark mysteries to be solved. There is a common thread of an ancient rhyme running through the book, which is supposed to account for some out of the way events that take place.
This was my first introduction to the concept of synesthesia - where a person's senses are disordered. The protagonist in the story, Sonia Frey, sees sounds, feels smells and sees colours not visible to other people.
Maybe the book has lost something in translation
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Electric
Flottes Lesevergnügen. Alle Suter Trademarks vorhanden: reiche Banker, schweizer Natur, Drogenexperimente etc. Leider funktioniert der Spannungsaufbau für mich nicht. v.a. die all zu einfache Sprache, die mit ausgesprochen nüchternen Beschreibungen auskommt, verhindert, dass eine Art halluzinatorischer Strudel erzeugt wird. Die Plotelemente hätten das durchaus hergegeben: ein unheimliches, ziemlich leeres Hotel, Hauptcharakter mit synästhetischen Fähigkeiten, die Enge der schweizer Berge, ...more
Mihaela
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was a good novel, full of strange happenings and weird characters. My type of novel :]]
But at the beginning i thought it would be very boring, and then i thought it'd be a creepy book.
But the ending was really creepy. I mean, at first i haven't notice those last lines when Sonia saw that the tree lost its leaves. I think this is the answer to all her questions. The devil from Milano really existed, and no, it wasn't Frederic.

I reccomend this book to everyone because it's simply gorgeous and
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Annett
Oct 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Barbara Guner
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book as a present, and since Martin Suter is the Swiss author of the moment, I decided to go with all the rave reveiws and read it! This is a sort of LSD psychological thriller, and it took me half the book to get into it! It's a story about a women who goes to work in a remote mountain village to escape her past....I would not read another of his books, although I did enjoy it in the end.
Jule
Mar 04, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Wieder ein guter Roman von Martin Suter. Leider hat er mir nicht ganz so gut gefallen wie Lila, Lila, da der Einstieg sehr langatmig war und das Ende (selbst für mich, wo ich doch immer so ahnungslos bin) ein wenig vorhersehbar war.
Trotzalledem, ich liebe Suters Schreibstil und freue mich auf weitere seiner Romane!
Anca
Nov 24, 2011 rated it liked it
At first I didn't expect much of this book, I chosed it from the sales shlef of a bookstore. I started to read and I was, after the first scene with a naked woman searching a bathroom, immediately captured by an ordinary story. Why? Because the manner of writing, by those non-boring descriptions, by that mistery in the book. Who's the Devil from Milan?
Allison
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book given to me by a German friend. It's a Swiss mystery, translated somewhat awkwardly from the German. A young woman takes a job in a resort town to get away from the city where her divorce took place. But a series of disturbing events there make her wonder if she's chosen the right location.
mairywo
Ein sehr spannender Krimi, der im schönen (aber verregneten) Unterengadin spielt. Suter versteht es alte Legenden mit der heutigen Realität, in der auch Drogen eine Rolle spielen, zu verbinden und daraus eine fesselnde Geschichte zu machen.
The Twins
Well - it took a long time to get into the book! Nothing really happend and by the time the story finally picked up it was sort of all over. Couldn't really relate to Sonia and found it hard to follow her "experiences with colours, smells and shapes" Enjoyed the end!
Jose
Jun 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El miedo de Sonia, una mujer víctima de violencia doméstica, la acompaña hasta un hotel balneario donde ha conseguido un empleo como fisiterapeuta. Allí conoce la leyenda local sobre "el diablo de Milán" y sus miedos se acentúan. Interesante.
manfred
eine interessante idee, dann allerdings sehr routiniert geschrieben, der plot tut, was er tun muss, er schlingert dem ende zu...
Dewi Williams
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Martin Suter novel, and certainly not my last. Gripping plot, dark humour, intriguing characters.
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Martin Suter (b. February 29, 1948, Zürich) is a Swiss author. He became known for his weekly column Business Class in the Weltwoche newspaper (1992–2004), now appearing in the Tages-Anzeiger, and another column appearing in "NZZ Folio". Suter has published seven novels, for which he received various awards. He is married and lives in Spain and Guatemala.

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