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by Penguin Books, 8 October 2015. ISBN: 978-0-14750-971-0
film that turns the person who watches it blind … detective Lucie Henebelle
doesn’t believe it at first, until she finds herself drawn into a horrifyingly
This high-stakes French thriller stars two very different cops, both
flawed but sympathetic. Lucie is young, fit and finds the thrill of the chase
compulsive, to the extent of neglecting her twin daughters. Even though one is
in hospital, she’d determined to go where it takes to catch this killer. Inspector
Sharko, now a profiler, has seen too much in his career, including the death of
his wife and child, and is now schizophrenic, haunted by the vision of a young
girl called Eugenie. He sees in Lucie the young cop he once was, and wants to
protect her; the growing relationship between them is beautifully handled. The
film itself almost becomes a character: gradually, from Lucie’s first
disturbing watching, the images under the image are deciphered, and she sets
off on a quest to track down the maker and, particularly, the little girl who
stars in it. At the same time, Sharko is dealing with five corpses whose brains
and eyes have been removed - this novel included some pretty gruesome images.
The story is fast-moving, told in short chapters, and I found the neurological
background and information about subliminal images fascinating. France, Egypt
and Montreal were vividly described, and the novel’s dreadful background story
was so convincingly, horrifyingly disturbing that by the end of it, I wanted to
log straight onto wiki to see if it was real (it was). Reader warning: having
rounded his story off satisfyingly, the author suddenly ends with a
A fast-moving, unsettling thriller with interesting central
characters and a compelling plot. Highly recommended.
is the author of numerous bestselling novels in his native France. Syndrome
E is the first of his novels to be published in the United States. He lives
outside of Lille.
is the translator of more than thirty books from the French. His articles and
reviews have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the Nation.
He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to
Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on
Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies.
Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has
published plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of
women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in
her own 8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.