Monika Feth: The Strawberry Picker. cbj Jugendbücher (Paperback, Age 12 to 16)

The Strawberry Picker

Original Title: Der Erdbeerpflücker

original edition

Recommended age group: 14 +
Paperback, 352 pages, 12.5 x 18.3 cm, 4.9 x 7.2 in.
ISBN: 978-3-570-30258-3
€ 8.95 [D] | € 9.20 [A] | CHF 12.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: cbj Jugendbücher

Date of publication: December 1, 2003
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Monika  Feth - The Strawberry Picker


The murderer is closer than you can imagine

Jette shares a flat with her friends Caro and Merle. The people in Jette’s town are alarmed on account of a sex offender who has recently murdered a girl nearby. The murder seems to have parallels with two crimes that have taken place in northern Germany. All of the girls had had their hair cut off and their necklaces were missing.
Jette und Merle are worried about Caro. She has recently acquired a new boyfriend, who she refuses point blank to introduce to her flatmates. Only once does she confide in Jette. Jette learns that the man hasn’t told Caro his name and up to now he hasn’t even touched her. Caro makes herself particularly attractive in an effort to seduce him. A few days later she’s found murdered – the murderer has taken her necklace.
Jette is determined to find her friend’s murderer. At the funeral she swears revenge in front of everybody, thus attracting the attention of the murderer, the strawberry picker, George. George makes overtures to her and she ends up falling for him. Blinded by love, she blocks out the parallels between George and Caro’s mysterious last boyfriend.
In the meantime, the police are drawing the net around George ever tighter. Caro’s diary and poems put the police inspector on the right scent. George goes on the run, but what can he do about Jette, since she knows his identity? While George takes Jette on one last outing, Merle finally succeeds in finding the key to Caro’s murderer in her poems. She immediately realises that Jette is in great danger. But neither she nor the police inspector succeed in finding Jette. George and Jette are on their way to a secret rendezvous in the woods. And only here, far away from other people, does Jette recognise George as the murderer of her friend.
The story is told from various perspectives, although Jette is the main protagonist and narrator. The plot thickens from one page to the next and develops unbelievable suspense and at a cracking pace.

"What is exceptional about Monika Feth’s style of writing is that there is an emotional experience at its centre which, though intangible and indefinable, to the core remains true. Süddeutsche Zeitung."

Süddeutsche Zeitung


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