Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sydney West Book Review

Okay, I have a new book to tell you about today called Sydney West written by R. McKinsey. Now, you guys know me and you know that there aren't many books that I don't have something good to say about them. This book confused the heck out of me and I am not sure I still understand what happened.

But first, let's do the excerpt that is on the back of the book:
Sydney West is a tall, pale stranger who collapses in the middle of a busy coffee shop, later waking in the hospital as an amnesiac. He immediately exhibits impressive observation and memory skills, along with a number of eccentricities.  
His new acquaintances don't know what to think of him as his paranoia mounts and inconsistencies build around him. In RE-learning about himself, he finds he has great difficulty in making friends, learns that he detests coffee and loves tea, and that suddenly he can play one song on the piano like a master.  
One song, and no others. Couldn't this all be within the realm of "normal" with his amnesia? Certainly, he tries to convince himself. But ghosts of memory rise into his subconscious, and he has the intense feeling of someone physically being by his side when there is no one there.  
Fleeting memories take residence in the back of his recollection that he can't quite get a grasp of, and when he starts to connect information, the sound in his head causes such extreme pain that he can't think straight. Yes, there may be darker forces that have caused his memory loss, and may be planning further harm.  
He is determined to piece together his history and find out who is manipulating his present, while trying to determine friend from foe, a task that seems impossible to accomplish, especially since it seems that some clues may be pointing to him as the manipulator.
Now, I have rarely met a book that I couldn't put down, and I have to admit I had to put this one down alot! Not because it's bad writing, but because it was so confusing and usually with other books, at least you sorta are in on the mystery to a degree but this story has everyone confused, even the reader.

I had/have no idea where this book was trying to lead me and because I had to put it down so many times, I am still in the midst of trying to get it read. I apologize for that because I have always prided myself on finishing a book before a review but this one unnerved me a little.

Here is a man who is standing in some sort of line for coffee, I think and he tells the man in front of him to call 911 then promptly faints. Well, if you are a stranger, would you go to the hospital with another stranger? Well, this man does and this is how the bond is formed to figure out who he is because he can't remember anything.

They figure out or sorta think that they know his name is Sydney West. They just have the word of some strange messages that keep popping up giving him hints at who he is and what he should do. The young man who is helping him named Jacob seems to be a part of the scheme or whatever and it is really weird that no one questions why.

No one questions why they should be following directions from someone who they can't see or hear but he keeps leaving them hints here and there as to what to do. Then he mysteriously can see and hear everything that is going on in the apartment that supposedly belongs to Sydney. Messages start appearing on his computer telling him what to do.

He is also afraid of a girl named Myrna and he doesn't know why. She is stalking him for some unknown reason and talks in riddles. It really got on my nerves several times and I had to keep putting the book down for a few minutes.

Whatever is going on, it seems like it might not be good.  I am gonna leave it at that and let you try and figure out what the heck is going on!

About the author:

Rebecca McKinsey, a 21-year-old novelist who learned to drive a library cart before she learned to drive a car, and still prefers the library cart, if it would only get her to appointments on time. She was born in a town, raised in the country, and now lives in the city, but spends most of her time in places that don't exist. She is a lover of words, a devoted drinker of tea, but, most notably, a storyteller.

Rebecca has been a storyteller from her earliest memories, when she would make up stories to go with pictures in books before she could read the words. But reading... oh, words! They opened for her new worlds and paths to new characters and experiences. At the age of 11, she knew she wanted to be a writer someday so she could share her own stories. "Someday" finally came.
She self-published The Storytellers: Anterria in December 2010, The Storytellers: Atlantis in January 2012, and Sydney West in February 2012, with Lorem Ipsum, the second book in the Sydney West series, tentatively scheduled to be self-published in December 2012. She wants her stories to draw young people into a lifetime of reading, encouraging them to read and discover the pleasure in getting lost in a story, and inspiring them to write their own stories.
When she's not writing, plotting, or outlining her next story, Rebecca enjoys reading, crocheting, knitting, spinning, movies, and dreaming of having a cat and living in a bicycle-friendly neighborhood, where she doesn't have to rely on that library cart or car to get around.


Carolyn Colley said...

I do like mysteries.
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Megan Parsons said...

I love the excitement from mysteries!
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MRWriter said...

I enjoy mysteries, thrillers & sci-fi

kim burnett said...

I love the excitement from mysteries

PAHopkins said...

I like that you just have to keep reading because 4 out of 10 times what you thought was going to happen doesn't.

collettakay said...

lol! This book had me confused also, but in a good way :) I can't wait for the second book so that I can figure out some questions I have.