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Sydney West (Sydney West #1)

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  9 reviews
After a tall, pale stranger collapses in the middle of a busy coffee shop, a college town is inspired with paranoia that isn't completely unwarranted. The man wakes as an amnesiac but for impressive observation and memory skills, with an eccentricity to match. Inconsistencies build around him as he tries to piece together his history, teaching others about the real world i ...more
Paperback, First, 216 pages
Published 2011
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A bit of a slow start, I thought, but only at first. Reading into the actual story I realized this was necessary to setting the plot. This is a book unlike any I've read.

A very unusual story, who is this man Sydney West? I almost felt that the author was playing games with the reader, which somehow made me want to learn more. There are a number of clues scattered throughout the book if you take the time to see them for what they are. Otherwise, Sydney West is a complete enigma. Sydney not only m
Tina Peterson
To start, Sydney West is a strange book. Opening with Sydney telling a total stranger to call for help and then passing out in a coffee shop - then waking up in the hospital without any memory of "who" he is or "what" he does and "why" he does it. Said stranger decides he needs to check up on Sydney who is strange in his own right and thus forms a new friendship if you can call it that. Sydney is very self involved and almost autistic in that things need to be a certain way, he isn't very sociab ...more
Melissa Caldwell
What an oddly enjoyable book. I don't like the phrase slow burn, but in this case it was just that. Once the story started to pick up (which by the way, the slow burn in this case is a NECESSITY) it was just a non stop fun, challenging, mentally stimulating, wacky-fun adventure. Sydney West came across as a manic Sherlock-esque (Sherlock as portrayed on the show Elementary) figure that was just intriguing to read. I wanted so badly at first to write him off as a mad genius of some sort.

And then,
This is a rather "strange" mystery. But before you know it you are caught up in it. And you will NEVER guess the ending.
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
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Sydney West is a story about a man who collapsed in the middle of a coffee shop. While at the hospital, he says he has amnesia. He doesn't even know his own name. He has one visitor, Jacob, a college student who called the ambulance for him. From the get go, people are not sure about the man. He is strange to say the least. While the man is trying to adjust to life, he is getting help fro
Ruth Hill
I struggled with rating to give this book, but I finally decided it deserved a low five-star rating for many reasons. First of all, it is exceptionally well-written. In fact, it is almost on the level of modern American authors. Rebecca McKinsey is up for the challenge of writing such an unusual book, and I look forward to the other books in the series.

Secondly, this book is a mystery/thriller, and I am amazed at what is not in this book. Almost without exception, this genre of books is full of
Paula Ratcliffe
I was confused with a capital C. This book is a bit hard to follow but that I think is the author's intent with it. When a Sydney West collapses in a coffee shop and brought to the hospital he has no idea who he is or what is happening to him. With the help of a stranger who feels compelled to check on Sydney they form an odd friendship.

This book was well written I just think I had more questions as I was reading it. Great for people who really like mysteries with the unknown factor.
Colletta Miller
I can't decide if this book was amazingly strange or strangely amazing. Either way amazing is in there!

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