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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  588 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Imagina un asesino sin compasión; a su paso, nadie queda con vida. Llámalo "El Viajero", conviértelo en un mito y témelo.

Coge luego a cinco chicas que primero le abren la puerta al caos y luego emprenden la huida. Ponles en el equipaje cinco kilos de heroína y un arma. Llámalas "las dulces amigas" y desconfía.

Coge a un hombre cuya sola existencia te horrorizaría y cuya ú
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Paperback, 624 pages
Published June 2013 by Seix Barral (first published 2010)
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Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 12/02/2015
Author: Zoran Drvenkar
Recommended for: fans of thrillers

I won this book for free on the GoodReads FirstReads competitions.

I thought that this book was a little bit tricky at first to get my head around the writing style of the author as it is written in the second person, but once I could get my head around it I thought that it was a relly good book. It is a very easy book to get hooked on, some of the characters maybe should have been involved more often as it would have be
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Adam Leask
I had high hopes that I was going to love this book, the synopsis makes it sound like it's going to be a terrifying serial-killer thriller. While that remains present throughout and was the main reason I was committed through until the very end, it wasn't exactly what was promised.

The best way I can describe the delivery of the story is 'clunky', as with each chapter, you're continually flicking into the perspective of a different character. The title of the book should have led me to this concl
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Leah
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, thriller, crime
The demon in the darkness...

Back in 1995, a massive snowstorm brought traffic to a halt on the road between Bad Hersfeld and Eisenach. As people huddled in their cars overnight, trying to keep warm, The Traveler stepped out of his vehicle and worked his way along the line of cars, murdering the people inside. By the time the snowploughs got through, twenty-six people were dead and there was no trace of The Traveler. (Excuse spelling – the book goes with US English throughout.) In the present day
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Thomas Edmund
Phew - Wow Ok how did 'you' find that.

Man this book annoyed me. It's oddly telling that I was able to keep reading until the end despite the stilting effect of the second person perspective. Obviously Drvenkar is an excellent writer, but the experimental perspective drove me nuts. The book felt like a study in why this P.O.V. is typically unusable in fiction.

For those of you not into writerly terms, 2nd person perspective is using YOU as the pronoun rather than I (1st person) or the person's nam
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andthesix
WTF DID I JUST READ?! i dont even know what to rate it,, im not sure if i liked it or not...¿ the synopsis is ExtremeLy misleading!!
Beth (bibliobeth)
I read this book on a beautiful, sunny holiday with my sister, Chrissi Reads and in hindsight, this novel was quite the contrast to the setting I was in! It begins in 1995 in a snowstorm in Germany (see what I mean?) with a number of cars stuck on a motorway. Before the snowploughs manage to get to the people trapped, unable to go any further, another man does. He is a serial killer, known ominously as The Traveller and that night he will leave just over twenty people dead as he stalks car to ca ...more
K.
Trigger warnings: mass murder, death of a parent, death of a sibling, death of a child, drug abuse, gun violence, torture, murder, death of a friend, probably other stuff that I've forgotten.

So the blurb makes this book sound like it's going to be the hunt for a mass murderer, terrorising German motorways. It's not. The Traveller mentioned in the blurb is, in fact, very rarely in the story. Instead, this is mostly the story of a group of teenage girls who find a stash of drugs and decide they're
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Shatrujeet Nath
A fairly good read, though I have a problem with the way the book was pitched through its blurb. This is definitely not a "mysterious serial killer on the loose" plot, which is what the blurb suggests. In fact, on the contrary, the mysterious serial killer is more a side plot to the main story of five girls on the run from a gangster after they knick five kilos of heroin from him. The main plot and the subplot of the serial killer dovetail quite nicely -- but I am still left with the feeling tha ...more
Jared Della Rocca
Oh hell yeah. This book is good. My boss came across it at a booksale for a dollar and then passed it along to me. It’s hard to get into at first, both because of its setting in Germany, and the multitude of main characters. The book uses the second-person narrative, so each chapter is from the perspective of one of the characters, which becomes You. So it’s as if someone’s narrating the story of your life, as you switch from character to character. And the first like 200 pages is seemingly thre ...more
Cliff McNish
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most remarkable thrillers I've read in recent years. For adults, sure, but the teenagers who form most of the narrative are as rich and punchy a group (especially the gang of girls) as you can get, wonderfully developed, in a way TEEN or YA fiction is often afraid to do. But it IS raw. Stylistically, it's in SECOND person. Confused? Everything is 'You'. 'You walk down the street. You see ...' Sounds artificial, I know, but in the hands of a great craftsman like Drvenkar you so ...more
Dusty Griffin
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of drug crime stories
'You' is a story about Ragnar Desche, an important man in the criminal world of Berlin, Germany. While he focuses on transporting any illegal goods, his brother, Oskar, focuses on making music for commercials for prominent brands. One day, Ragnar decides to visit his brother to talk to him about business and family. However, Ragnar then realizes that his brother, who he cares for deeply, has died, his body a frozen carcass by a swimming pool. In his hand is a remote, odd considering the room he ...more
Stéphanie
Some things really bothered me.
Others were fantastics.
So I guess you could say it was just a good book.

It was my first time reading a book with a second-person writing kind of narration and I liked it. It was original and it really drew me in the story (literally).

I loved the authenticity of certain characters. Some of them were just brilliant. I felt in love with Stinke. She spiced up the story and really made me laugh.


*** SPOILERS AFTER THIS POINT ***

But other characters were a let down, like
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RiaMae
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well constructed book with a decent amount of suspense and adequate characterisation. Although it had a very slow start, slow to the point where I was getting seriously annoyed with chapters belonging to teenage characters, luckily the story kicked off after about hundred pages in. After that I could barely put it down.

Initially I was slightly put off by 2nd person perspective story telling but that quickly diminished as my interest in most of the characters kept growing, excluding the teen gir
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Stephen
Feb 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really bad. Completely misleading blurb. I picked this book up on a whim expecting a serial killer thriller but got a book about gangsters and girls who steal some drugs. Reads like a young adult book as the teenage characters are present throughout and in trying to capture their inexperience and youth, the author comes across as immature. Adult characters aren’t much better and too many of the plot twists felt completely far fetched - stealing a scooter of a boy who happens to be the best frien ...more
Alex
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I confess I read an English translation of this novel, not the original German. It was excellent, especially given that it was a translation. It was written in the second person, no small feat, each chapter from the point of view of one of several characters, covering a lot of ground. A group of teenage girls run off with a lot of heroin, and the owner of the heroin would rather like it back and the girls destroyed. Good fun, and well styled.
Steven Pilling
I liked almost loved Sorry but this well this just caused annoyance and exasperation.

Its not literary (could be the translator to blame for this) and its not thrilling, it lacks any sense of mystery , the characters are only interesting in the sense that they are drip fed by the author into the novel , the structure of the novel is rickety and feels insubstantial to me .

This was a disappointment based on sorry . 2019 hasnt started well book wise
Maggie Nesbitt
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to get into this book due to each chapter being written from the perspective of a different character, but I'm so glad I persevered. It was fabulous, kept me turning the pages until the see hours a few times.
Megan Wilson
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes this book is a bit difficult to get into. But trust me, it is worth it. It’s a bit slow-paced at first, (after you read about the traveler) but it picks up quickly and as the stories start to intertwine, you will be dying to know what happens next!
Jacob Hall
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r-e-a-d
As much as people wanted this to be a book about a serial killer, which in part it is, I think people miss the deeper meaning. Zoran’s story telling is lucid and although different creates a powerful story that is good on the surface level but excellent when looking deeper.
Rebecca
Jan 11, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible! I read the first chapter and thought this was going to be a good serial killer thriller, but I was massively disappointed. The narrative flicks between characters and is horribly confusing - I would avoid at all costs!
Lottie-Alice
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't the book I was expecting from the blurb but enjoyed it nonetheless.
Dane Divine
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Found it hard to put down
Sarah
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
Loved the second person telling, the multitude of characters and the way their stories intertwined and came together. it's a re-read for me.
Rakie Keig
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(No my German isn't that good, I read the excellent translation)

Taut, twisty, nicely paced thriller. So long as you can get past the constant second-person usage (and I understand if you can't) this is a very good read.
Andrew
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let’s get this out of the way; in my opinion, the synopsis of this book is up there with the best I have ever read on any book, anywhere. Go on, have a read and tell me it doesn’t immediately grab you by the proverbials:

When a snowstorm halts traffic on a German autobahn, drivers are forced to spend the night in their cars. As day breaks, scores of people are found dead. Theories are rife. Was it an argument? Was it drugs, revenge or madness?

At first everyone agrees that several people must h
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Maya
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
As much as we strive towards the light, we still want to be embraced by the shadow. The very same yearning that craves harmony, craves in a dark chamber of our heart chaos. We need that chaos in reasonable portion, because we don't want to turn into barbarians. But barbarians are what we become as soon as our world falls apart. Chaos is only ever a blink away.

From the very first paragraph I was hooked onto this story. I'm not going to go into detail because I wrote an in depth review and lost
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Linda
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had a four stars after the first 13 pages. And it only went up from there. I was SO tempted to read the end before I got there and I'm glad I didn't. It wouldn't have fit before I got to it.

It starts with The Traveler. An extreme snowstorm in Germany in 1995 has closed the highway and the cars simply have to wait. And wait. And wait. One man finally leaves his car and approaches the car behind. When he finally returns to his car, 21 people are dead, strangled, neck broken, all killed b
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Chris Davies
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite it being almost nothing like what I was expecting, I really enjoyed this! Marketed as a book about a mysterious serial killer, this is really about the adventures of five teenage girls who get themselves mixed up in the world of illegal drugs. The serial killer does play a part, but it's peripheral until the very end.

The plot takes its own sweet time to start making sense, with a lot of jumping around in time and place. However, once the pieces are in place - about a quarter of the way
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Rena
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rated 4.5 stars.
So this is a really odd book since it's written in the second person. How does that work? At first, it felt too weird, but then I got used to it as I continued reading.
There are several characters and scenes that have no connection, completely random it seems. But we know that it will all come together in the end. The girls are crazy and obviously have parents/guardians who don't care enough to make an effort with them. Seriously, there's no discipline, no consequences for these
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April Barber
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an odd book.

I couldn't put it down but still at first I couldn't decide if I liked it or not. It kind of reminded me of one of the Choose Your Own Adventure books I used to read as a kid, because it is written in the second person. Only you don't get to choose your adventure, it is already chosen for you.

This book leaves you guessing all the way through. Unlike a lot of thrillers I read, I had no clue how it was going to end. The way the threads came together at the end made my jaw drop t
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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.

In 2004 he wrote the childrens book Die Kurzhosengang under the pseudonym Victor Caspak & Yves Lanois.
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