• Ms. Coffey

"Syndrome" by J. Sharpe

Updated: May 30, 2020

This is going to sound bad, but I promise it's not. This was the WORST book to start reading at 1 am. Not only could I not stop reading, but it's also a thriller/ HORROR book. A genre that I never even touch, especially before trying to fall sleep!

To be honest, I didn't even know it was horror until I got to a particular scene where it was very graphic and a little disturbing. Luckily, these sections were so brief, that if I genuinely felt uncomfortable, I could quickly read the next paragraph and not miss a beat. That how good the writing is.

Without giving much away, I thought the author did a great job of tackling all of the complicated aspects of the story. Despite so much going on, I was never confused or overwhelmed. 

I got several different author/ book/ movie vibes while reading. I felt glimpses of Stephen King, DivergentInception, and Pirates of the Caribbean. I don't want to say why I got these vibes, because I don't want to write any spoilers, but the combination is a good thing. I can say, I got Pirates of the Caribbean vibes because one of the characters reminded me of the personality of Jack Sparrow.

Speaking of characters, I loved all of them. They were loveable, smart, and I was cheering for all of them throughout the book. I especially loved the connection between the main character Tyler, and his sister Aisha. 

Overall, if you are looking for something outside your comfort zone, Syndrome is perfect for you. It includes elements of horror, but it is mostly a mind-blowing psychological thriller that will leave your jaw dropped. 

5 stars

+1 Plot

+1 Characters

+1 Writing

+1 Organization

+1 World-building

About the book:

"How do you find someone who everyone claims doesn’t exist?

It starts as a game but ends in terror. Soon it becomes clear. Someone is chasing them.

After an accident, Peter’s mother is in a coma and his father is unable to cope. Because of this, Peter has no other choice than to drop out of school, start a job and take over the care of his little sister. One day he picks her up from school to take her to the mall. Then the unthinkable happens. They’re being followed. And their pursuer is not from this world…

When his sister disappears, Peter starts to notice that more things are terribly wrong. Especially when no one seems to remember her. Even his father claims he never had a daughter. It’s almost as if she never existed…

Will he be able to save his sister? Or is she lost forever?

Syndrome is a suspense novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you like fast-paced stories, with plot twists that keep you surprised with every turn of the page, then you will definitely love this book by award nominee and bestselling author J.Sharpe.

Syndrome was nominated for a Harland Award and A Bastaard Award." (Goodreads)

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