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Syndrome E (Franck Sharko #3)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,235 ratings  ·  262 reviews
What You Don’t See Could Kill You

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 r
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published August 16th 2012 by Viking Adult (first published 2010)
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Gostei mesmo muito da forma como Franck Thilliez - utilizando factos históricos, ilustrativos do lado mais negro do ser humano; o conceito cientifico de mensagens subliminares e as técnicas e magia do cinema - constrói uma história assustadora e empolgante.
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
This was a fascinating book, full of mystery and horror, and even some romance.
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
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

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
Maria João Fernandes
"Tudo começou a partir dos coelhos e das crianças."

FRANÇA, Lille:
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
João Carlos
A história começa com a apresentação de um facto estranho, Ludovic Sénéchal perde completamente a visão depois de visionar um estranho filme de 1955, comprado a um coleccionador falecido recentemente. De uma forma completamente aleatória acaba por pedir ajuda à sua ex-amante a tenente polícia Lucie Henebelle, solitária, mãe solteira de duas gémeas e que se encontra de férias.
Quase a duzentos quilómetros de distância são descobertos cinco corpos com os crânios serrados, enterrados em profundidade
This book has had an insurgence of interest because it's recently been optioned by none other than : Darren Aronofsky of Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream fame, though my introduction to the book came by way of a review of Night Film, Marisha Pessl's foray into the world of dark films and the obsessions they inspire.

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
Christine Van Heertum
Le commissaire Sharko, en congé forcé pour soigner ses crises de schizophrénie, est appelé sur le lieu d'une découverte macabre: 5 corps mutilés sont retrouvés au fond d'un trou, les mains manquent, le crâne a été scié. L'enquête s'annonce difficile.
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
One of the best things about the Goodreads First Reads contests is winning books that you've never really heard of by authors you're not familiar with. This book certainly fits the bill, as it wasn't on my radar before entering the contest, and I certainly hadn't read anything by the author before now.

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
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Mark Matthews
A vintage movie connoisseur answers an ad and buys some rare movies, and after watching the clip, goes blind. Thus begins Syndrome E, and the novel explodes from this point, tracing the effects on a single persons Eyes to other areas of the world. Subliminal messages of horror are slowly revealed in the clip, and strange deaths where the eyes have been removed, the skulls sawed open, and the bodies buried to hide decomposition are connected to the movie clip.

Yes, larger world implications begin
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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
Holly McIntyre
Da Vinci Code goes Cold War. I found the premise (could watching a film really make someone blind, change their brain?) interesting enough to want to read the book, but difficult to grasp throughout. I kept wanting someone to stop and explain "Syndrome E" in a way I could really grasp. By the end, I still couldn't understand exactly what was being proposed. Along the way, I found the characters interesting, especially Lucie (not so much Franck whom I found more odd than interesting.) The part wh ...more
John Brooke
Thilliez has produced several award winning thrillers. As far as I can ascertain, this is the first in English translation. I enjoyed it immensely, because: I have a soft spot for French cops. Part of the story plays out in Montreal. It has some of the most beautiful descriptions of Cairo I’ve ever read…

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
Jul 25, 2012 Kimberly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers, police procedurals and film buffs
Recommended to Kimberly by: goodreads giveaway
Shelves: favorites
Actually 4 1/2 stars.

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
I really wanted to give this book 5 stars. It started with an explosive beginning and it truly had me hooked. I felt it was going to be something very different from what I had read before with very interesting premise and this continued for about 80% of the book and then at the end it just went flat. I really felt that the author just didn't know how he wanted it to end or that he didn't have another 150 pages available to be able to give it an even better ending.

I would certainly recommend it
Wow. Double Wow! This is how I would best describe this book. It definitely kept my attention. I could not stop reading this book. Some books are drugs as they are that addictive. I would have to say that Syndrome E is one of those books. It had the right about of creep, gore, and a well thought out and written mystery. I never could figure out the rhyme or reason behind it all until the reveal at the end.

At first I was not sure if I was going to like Sharko dispite his cool name. However he pr

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...

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

I won this book through Goodreads and am very happy to have been the winner! It reminds me a bit of old-style science/speculative fiction. I think I've found a new author to read. M. Thilliez wrote a taut, science based book that had me finishing it in one day, despite the fact that it is summer here and the weather is lovely. I enjoyed his two main characters, both a little different from the normal run of police procedurals, but eminently likeable. There were a few tropes near the end of the n ...more
My Inner Shelf
Encore un polar haut de gamme ! Thilliez ne m’a pas encore déçue, même s’il me manque 2 titres de l’auteur (Deuil de miel et Train d’enfer pour ange rouge).
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
This book had an intriguing premise upon which layer after layer of science and conspiracy were added until I felt buried beneath it all.

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
I really did not know what to expect when I picked up this one. The blurb made it sound like a horror novel and the first hundred or so pages did feel quite terrifying, however this turned out to be quite an intriguing thriller/mystery novel. The translation was mostly well down some phrases were badly done which altered the flow of the story but these were few and far between. I am greatly looking forward to the next in the series as the cliffhanger as whetted my appetite for more. The characte ...more
It's hard to judge this kind of book.
I finished it, and while I was reading it, I definitely was interested in discovering what would happen next. (so ... that would be 2 stars ?)
But each page made me cringe with exasperation. Seriously. (so, only 1 star, right??)
First : the style is awful. (i read the original version in French, and i don't know if the english translation improved the style.)
You KNOW the point of this kind of book is not to provide you with beautifully written pages... Thilliez
A man in France watches an old film he purchased from an estate and goes blind. Hospitalized, he contacts a former girlfriend who is a police inspector, Lucie Henebelle. Lucie is on leave at the moment so takes on an investigation of the film. It's an older film from 1955, and it is disquieting with shocking images. However, she doesn't see what could have caused her friend's blindness until she has the film analyzed and finds it contains subliminal images that are so horrific that anyone viewin ...more
Laine (librarianscanreadtoo)
Laine ( Review:


Movies that we enjoy to watch after a hard day’s work. Everyone has their favorite genres: Action/Adventure; Romance; History; maybe all three in one film. Some enjoy only the new movies, some enjoy the classics. You can now receive some of the older classic movies on regular DVD collections and still experience what those movies show.

But if you are a collector, DVD’s just don’t cut it for you. They don’t bring you the dynamic like t
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Chris Kurbjuhn
Einer der besten Thriller der letzten Jahre.geschickt konstruierter Plot, basierend auf haarsträubenden wahren Begebenheiten (Versuche der CIA und anderer Geheimdienste, Menschen zu "steuern"), vielschichtige Figuren (Sharko ist ein Wahnsinns-Typ) und bis zum Schluss hochgehaltener Spannungsbogen...
Ich werde mir noch andere Bücher von Thilliez vornehmen. Das hier verdient eine dicke Empfehlung.
If you thought that Un Chien Andalou by Luis Buneul was interesting then you might enjoy this book. It borrows quite a few of the images that he used but takes it further combining imagery with film making and really horrific murders. This book was written in French and translated, and the locations go back and forth between France, Belgium, and Montreal Canada. It helps if you know a little Canadian history to really understand the deeper meaning behind ...more
The most interesting part of this book for me was learning about Canada’s Duplessis Orphans. Canada, in conjunction with the Catholic Church, began a program in the 1940s and lasting into the 1960s of labeling orphans as mentally ill for monetary reasons (the per diem was higher was those deemed mentally ill and there was no requirement to educate). This historical background combined with advances in neuroscience re deep brain stimulation that were also part of the story could have combined int ...more
Uma boa história sobre um tema cada vez mais actual, uma escrita forte e coerente que nos deixa a pensar. Parece tão próximo da realidade que se torna até chocante!
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