Syndrome E (Franck Sharko #3)
Already a runaway bestseller in France, Syndrome E tells the story of beleaguered detective Lucie Hennebelle, whose old friend has developed a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare—...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
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
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 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
In the beginning, I was fascinated by the short film that started things off by causing a man to go blind after viewing it. There were hidden images contained within it that conveyed subliminal messages that traumatized him. I was equally fascinated by the idea that the arts and sciences have steadily been invading what should be held private and sacred--our v...more
On Labor Day, I had planned to work on some projects, but instead I picked up this book and read it almost through. There were many gripping facets to the plot: An odd 1950s movie that makes someone go hysterically blind; more gruesome mysteries revealed involving the film, the star, and the film maker; further conspiracy/paranoic/criminal developments in France, Egypt, and Quebec that tie together...more
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
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
Yes, larger world implications begin...more
Lucie Hennebelle – a policewoman from Lille - gets a disturbing call.
A friend who was watching a very old movie had gone blind.
At the same time, Inspector Franck Sharko, an analyst at a special police unit in Paris, is called to a particularly gruesome crime scene. Five corpses with brutal mutilation and opened skulls are found.
It does not take long and the paths of Lucie and Sharko cross.
Both characters are not unusual, but we...more
What set it apart from any number of police procedural / science based thrillers I've read was most likely the fact that it was a translation. Let me state right now that the translation from French was top-notch. I've read a number of foreign language books interpret...more
And Syndrome E has everything included to make a bestseller: a male and female lead who initially clash and have to learn to work together, a s...more
Franck Sharko gets called to a gruesome crime scene-a mass grave to...more
This book was excellent. It was a very convoluted and far reaching mystery. Franck Sharko is a seasoned policeman working on a possible murder when he meets Lucie a fairly new officer from a different region in France. He immediately sees himself in her, an obsessed, relentless investigator. Lucie is working on a case that hasn't really become a case yet. A friend of Lucie's is blinded by watching a movie and the doctors cannot figure out how. These two cases eventua...more
The bad news all the books are written in French and German.... and I will have to wait for the translation.....
The good news; there are 4 Lucy Hennebelle bo...more
When I started it very much reminded me of the Ring. A movie affects a view to the point he is blinded, but not everyone who views it reacts the same but they all are affected.
What is the connection to murders and various violent psychological phenomenon around the world?
Sharko is a great character. I love that in France a head detective can have obvious mental/emotional problems and not have to worry about his job. He is still tough as nails....more
Syndrome E: A Novel by Franck Thilliez
I really enjoyed this thriller, it was a page turner and you went along for the ride through Paris, Egypt and Canada to find out who and what caused a fifty year old murder that led to finding five new bodies in Paris that had the same MO. Wrapped in the story of a subliminal film that led to more deaths and a cover up that went all the way back to the French Foreign Legion and the CIA!
Franck Sharko is the main inspector that is investig...more
Intriguing so far though and am looking forward to seeing where it goes.
Update: have abandoned it for the moment. It's just so flatly written and cli...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