Syndrome E (Franck Sharko #3)
In this international bestseller, which is soon to be a major motion picture penned by the screenwriter of Black Swan, the classic procedural meets cutting-edge science
Lucie Henebelle, single mother and beleaguered detective, has just about enough on her plate when she receives a panicked phone call from an ex-lover who has developed a rare ...more
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The idea of a movie that can affect its viewer is a good one. Like The Ring, anyone who watches it is deeply affected, if not killed within seven days, but what makes it scary and even more interesting is that there is no supernatural element to the story. It’s all based on things that could really happen. I don’t want to give too much away, but it really is a terrifying look into what we allow to enter our brains thr ...more
This is a fast-paced eerie thriller, with a neuroscience basis that Michael Crichton would have loved. The characters are well-developed and unique, and had me turning the pages to see what would ha ...more
Gostei muito do comissário Sharko, esquizofrénico e esmagado pelo desgosto.
Gostei de Lucie, dividida entre o amor pela família e a paixão pelo trabalho.
Gostei mais ou menos do estilo de escrita. Alguns diálogos e descrições pareceram-me um po ...more
When a rare film buff, Ludovic Sénéchal, sees an ad for a bunch of old films for sale, he’s ecstatic and can’t believe his luck. He finds one film that’s unmarked that particularly piques his interest, and it’s the first thing he watches as soon as he gets his stash home. He never could have imagined what would come after watching the movie, however, and ends up calling the first person he could hit on speed dial: his ex, Lucie Henebelle, a cop with an inq ...more
This book has been on my radar since it was optioned for film several months ago, and the ironic thing is, now that I’ve read it, it’s become obvious that the film version will probably be too gory for me to see. Think sawed-off skulls, gouged-out eyes and oh, throw in some animal torture. But hey, in book form, that stuff isn’t too bad. Much like “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, this European mystery thriller is an intense and scary pag ...more
Ludovic Sénéchal é um fanático do cinema e, como tal, é um apaixonado irreversível por filmes antigos. É a sua paixão pelo grande ecrã que faz com que um anúncio no jornal - sobre a venda de clássicos de cinema - lhe capte atenção. Esta oportunidade única surge com a morte de um coleccionador belga, cujo filho decide vender os seus pertences. É então conduzido até um filme anónimo de 1955, que se encontra a 200k de si. Entusiasmad ...more
Yes, larger world implications begin ...more
Franck Thilliez constrói de uma forma surpreendente um livro magnifico...
Um thriller com um argumento elaborado, minucioso nas descrições e ligações entre as diferentes temáticas, metódico na análise e na evolução das complexas investigações criminais em busca de explicações científicas para o poder da imagem no controlo da mente e dos comportamentos humanos.
Um crescendo de suspense, com reflexões brilhantes sobre a violência...
Quase a duzentos quilómetros de distância são descobertos cinco corpos com os crânios serrados, enterrados em profundidade ...more
I loved Pessl's book, but merely enjoyed Syndrome E. Though I do believe it handled the film aspect of the plot a lot better than Pessl did, this novel had a lot of handicaps that ...more
Plus au nord, à Lille, le lieutenant Lucie Henebelle se rend au chevet de son ex, devenu aveugle après avoir visionné un court métrage au contenu malsain. Un vieil homme, ami de l'ex-fiancé et restaurateur d'anciens films est assassiné dans d'étrange ...more
What's weird is that I know I read the description for this book, and yet, when I won this copy, I still had the wrong impression as to what it was about. I think it's the whole movie = spontaneous ...more
Yes, the story covers a lot of ground. And time – an interesting and scary premise dovetailing with the CIA approved, if not funded, LSD mind control experiments conducted here (Mtl) in the 50’s ...more
This review is based on reading an advance uncorrected proof of this book that I received through a giveaway here on Goodreads.
"With this taut U.S. debut, Thilliez explores the origins of violence through radical science in a breakneck and erotically charged thriller rich with shocking plot twists and profound questions about the nature of humanity." - from the book description on back cover.
That's a fair summary of this story that grabbed me from the get-go. Once I started ...more
I would certainly recommend it ...more
At first I was not sure if I was going to like Sharko dispite his cool name. However he pr ...more
I picked this book up in a $3 bin at my local grocery store along with several others because the premise seemed promising, and who can turn down a book for $3?!
I struggled to delve into the story straight from the beginning and I kept thinking that, although interesting things were happening, the writing was very monotonous and made the subject matter seem less thrilling. Just after the halfway point, the story did pick up for me, but it was already too ...more
Franck Thilliez has humanized the story with the interaction between male and female inspectors without diluting the rational crime fiction genre.
Very well done!
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This will be the 3rd version of this review. At first I loved the book, then I hated it, and now I neither love or hate it. In my defense, the book did wax and wane. I was looking for the resolution of the titular Syndrome E, and the author --- ostensibly a popular one in France, although this appears to be his only book translated into English and made into an audio book --- withheld everything until the last chapter. That was cheeky! But it kept me reading, and my feelings about the book swing...more
Comme d’habitude, on plonge dans un roman parfaitement maîtrisé, rien n’est laissé au hasard et le contexte scientifique est encore une fois très documenté. Tout repose sur des faits et des événements réels, seule l’intrigue est une pure fiction, mais basée sur une réalité encore plus effrayante.
On retrouve à la fois Henebelle et Sharko, chac ...more
Yet another writer that I came across this by accident at the library, and I felt like living dangerously. As a thriller it's a quick read, filled with short chapters that make it easy to "just read one more". The central character is a quirky profiler (and he has some bigtime personal issues) inve ...more