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O Analista

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  30,235 ratings  ·  2,101 reviews
"Feliz aniversário de cinquenta e três anos, doutor. Bem-vindo ao primeiro dia de sua morte". Assim começa a carta que Frederick Starks, um psicanalista de Nova York, recebe no dia de seu aniversário. A vida tranquila que Starks conhecia até então acaba ali. Ele é lançado em um verdadeiro jogo mortal, por um psicopata que se autodenomina Rumplestiltskin. Em uma eletrizante ...more
Paperback, 3ª Edição, 464 pages
Published May 20th 2013 by Novo Século (first published January 29th 2002)
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Arantxa In my opinion. Although it took me too long to finish it (because of my reading level), I absolutely loved it. The characters are unpredictable and…moreIn my opinion. Although it took me too long to finish it (because of my reading level), I absolutely loved it. The characters are unpredictable and they appear in the story in the most appropriate moment wich gives life to the plot.
I'd recommend you to read "The Analyst" if you are that kind of person who enjoys trying to discover who is involved in the crime, who is lying and who's not. This novel is a masterpiece in which you need to have all your senses on. (less)
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Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said
Reading this took me back to the days of my youth. Perhaps you remember those days. The early days of marriage, young children, shaky foundations, isolated locations, a love of reading but limited choices. Whatever, you paint the picture. I remember reading a book and attempting to cook dinner at the same time. Suddenly I became aware that my husband was in the kitchen and the potatoes were burning. Trust me there was little to salvage from that “meal”.

This book that I read is a mass market pap
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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This was the first Katzenbach book I read and it was really good. I never heard of this author prior reading this novel but it was a birthday present and the premise looked really interesting: a psychopath who calls himself Rumpelstiltskin, threats doctor Frederick Starks saying that he has to figure out his identity in 15 days or he will kill somebody from the doctor's family. The only way to stop Rumpelstiltskin from killing is to win the gam
Aug 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ladies and gentlemen after writing the review of Dorothy Dunett's"Game of Kings"
penetrated a negative dynamic of readings. Dunett's book was followed by that of John Katzenbach. Actually, this book I took out of the attic last year, but I didn't get a chance to read it, because the heathen knew a truth that Cronus was a relentless deity, and it was upon me. The plot of the book seemed very interesting, and I was very familiar with Katzenbach because I saw several adaptations of his novels on m
Mar 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why the hell did I read this again? No clue. Wait, now I remember - for the same reason anyone else did. I was at an airport and wanted to read something less tiresome than the usual newspapers and magazines. Before I finished the first sentence, I expected to leave this novel behind on the plane with the plastic headphones and Sky Mall catalog, never to be seen again. Yet Katzenbach won me over and I found myself not only enjoying the story but trying to cast the movie this novel is so clearly ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I scanned read through all the book. It's supposed to be a thriller, but doesn't have any kind of thrill. The author was more concentrated falling in love with the main character rather than focusing on creating a good thriller plot. It's this kinda of best seller that if you don't read them you save time. And what's up with his thousands of analogies and literature quotations that just don't fit? I felt like the author just wanted to show that he knew stuff. A total mess ... could have been a g ...more
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Complex, thrilling, especially in the second part. A bit predictable at the end, but a lovely reading if you like the genre. Very vivid, though with a lot of introspection, I would definitely watch an adaptation of it. What is interesting: initially you don't like the victim at all. At all. :D But enough with the details, go and read it. :)
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What the therapy brings, at its best, is a new way of looking at who one is, and allowing that new definition of one's life to influence the decisions and choices that come with the future. At best then those moments are not crippled by the events of the past, and the selections made are oddly relieved of the debts everyone owes to their own upbringing.
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of the most interesting reads I've had the pleasure to experience. The plot, details, scenery, descriptions, characters, surroundings, the smoothly developed plot, and the amazing complexity of it all were a definite masterpiece. I kept reading, my eyes anxiously and nervously glued to the pages, expecting, and guessing, and guessing again, but things were never as I expected, and I was easily captured by the feelings and situations the main character was in.

The first part of
The Analyst- Ex
John Katzenbach
New York City psychoanalyst Frederick (Ricky) Starks receives an anonymous missive saying that Starks has ruined the writer's life and that he has ten days in which to discover his or her identity. If he fails, he must commit suicide; if he does not comply with this order, someone in his family will suffer or die. At first Ricky is disoriented and unable to function effectively, but he soon begins to take action. Using his research skills, he finds that
Isabella Avellaneido
I had started this book about 2 years ago and I could not finish it.
Now I remember the reason why

The analyst is a very well constructed book, with complex and very realistic characters.
Through the pages we notice a great evolution of the characters, as Ricky goes from being a bitter and boring doctor to a fugitive who constantly changes his identity
It puts you a little paranoid at certain times, it makes you notice that in situations of risk you better not trust any
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can place "The Analyst" in the list of those precious books I will never forget

It is a terrific psico-thriller with a creepy tint, the intensity of a blockbuster every step of the way and the power to get deep enough to probe the functioning of the deep recesses of the human mind

It is so well written that you can perceive rather than learn the different array of emotions exuded by his main dynamic character throughout all the pages from beginning to end, and
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Majo's Library.
This psychological thriller with a charmingly outrageous plot, and nifty psychiatrics details... Has it all!
Dina Herrera
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It kept me up, meaning it's really good.
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remember that somewhat twisted fairy tale known as Rumpelstiltskin? You know, it starts when a poor miller tells the King that he has a daughter who can turn straw into gold. The greedy King decides to put this to the test and gives the maiden until morning to spin a room full of straw into gold – if she is unable to do so, she will die. Hopeless in her task, the maiden is surprised when a troll-like man enters her tower and offers to help her. …With a price of course! After she gives the troll ...more
La Esquina de Lucifer
When I read this book I thought, OMG I think that I love psychology and that is one of the reasons why I want to study that. This book relate us a story of a man who is harassed by his own patient, and it's like WTF? a mad man wants me to play his freaky game of figure out who is he? and you get into the main character in a way that you feel you'ra the one who is being harassed, you are the one who is trying to figure out who is stalking you, you cannot move from a place because He will know it, ...more
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
This book was okay. Unfortunately, there were a few stereotypes that didn't sit well with me; and I was completely irritated by some of the unrealistic choices of the main character.

Nonetheless, The Analyst offers more than a few thrilling moments but I prefer something a little more believable from the beginning.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
as good as the first time I read it.
Victoria Castillo
This book was not only slow as shit, it was also kinda heavy, but i'm sick, and i'm on my red days, and i'm on vacation so i had plenty of time and nothing to do except for swallowing some good books.

A friend of mine bought this, and she devour it in mere days, so of course, she recommended it to me. And after reading that blurb, i knew this had to be one of my first ones this year.


There's a lot to say about this book, but my head kinda hurts after that
Paola Ochrez
3.5 stars
Okay, so the book is divided into 3 parts

1st act: mysterious, thriller, edging. You guess the connections and motives real quick but its an amazing ride. And it has the perfect ending. Its excellent.

2nd act: nothing really happens that makes sense. It’s incoherent with act 1 but you just roll with it

3rd act: just... no. The ending didn’t shocked me. It made me mad. It made no sense. It just left me wishing the ending came on act 1.

Overall, its a good thrilling read.
May 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some of the dialogue in this had me rolling my eyes back into my head
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been thinking what I could write to describe as accurately as possible the book. I like to read good reviews which are able to change my mind and make me read a book when it's good. But I'm sorry to say I can't even do that.

The book was..., terrific. One of the best I read this year so far, and maybe one of the best that I've ever read in my life. And I'm not exaggerating.

The plot was well-thought and well-developed, in every aspect of the book. Divided in three part, each of them centred on
♥ Marlene♥
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
Finally found the English kindle edition.

Okay back in the days before I began reading English instead of the Dutch out of English translated books, I visited the local library often and tried to find some books I might like.

Then I discovered John Katzenbach. Not sure which book it was that made me love his work. I think my first book of his was State of Mind Heilstaat by John Katzenbach Heilstaat in Dutch.

Now I remember that I was thrilled to have find another author besides my then beloved Dean Koontz and Stephen King. (The latter I still love by th
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audiobuch--"Der Patient" --I didn't know whether to give it 5 stars or not, because the idea that someone would do that to Dr. Starks just made me MAD at first.

Happy fifty third birthday, Doctor. Welcome to the first day of your death. Dr. Frederick Starks, a New York psychoanalyst, has just received a mysterious, threatening letter. Now he finds himself in the middle of a horrific game designed by a man who calls himself Rumplestiltskin. The rules: in two weeks, Starks must guess his tormentor
Debra Chapoton
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best-selling author or Hart's War did not disappoint with THE ANALYST. I felt as alone, helpless and solitary as the protagonist as he advanced further into the terror of a very real cat and mouse game. Dr. Starks, a professional psychoanalyst, receives a threatening letter from a Mr. "Rumplestiltskin" demanding that he guess his real name within 15 days. If the good doctor does not guess or guesses incorrectly, Mr. R. will start killing off the doctor's relatives. Mr. R. will let the doctor ...more
Tanja Berg
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This was a highly entertaining thriller that completely fulfilled my expectations. Dr. Frederick Starks, a psychoanalyst, is contacted by someone who calls himself Rumplestiltskin. He gets 15 days to find out the real name of Mr. R. After the deadline has passed he either has to kill himself or something terrible will befall one of Starks' relatives. The reason for this race against death is, of course, revenge. Mr. R allows Starks to ask him questions through the Times' personal ads section. He ...more
Richard White
Not to be over dramatic, but if this isn't the best book I have ever read, I don't know what is. I'm serious, best ever, numero uno, go to the front of the line. This is why I love GoodReads so much, finding a new author whose book just blows you away. A psychological drama that leaves you breathless. Then there's the underlying thread which allows the reader a chance for a little self analysis. Would you sacrifice yourself to save a loved one, a complete stranger or someone in between. Does evi ...more
Nov 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a real disappointment for me. I am a John Katzenbach fan but this one was a struggle. The protagonist is a psychoanalyst who finds a letter in his office from a person who obviously hates him. The letter says that Dr. Starks has wronged the letter writer; that he treated the writer's mother unsuccessfully and the writer's mission is to exact revenge. Dr. Starks must play a game in which he must identify the letter writer within two weeks or commit suicide. If he fails members of hi ...more
Natalia Vásquez
Wow, this was much better than I expected. That twist.
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John Katzenbach is a U.S. author of popular fiction. Son of Nicholas Katzenbach, former United States Attorney General, John worked as a criminal court reporter for the Miami Herald and Miami News, and a featured writer for the Herald’s Tropic magazine. He is married to Madeleine Blais and they live in western Massachusetts.

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