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Friday, January 18, 2013

Pump Up Your Book Presents Sydney West Virtual Book Tour - Indie Book Review: Sydney West (Syndey West #1) by Rebecca McKinsey

Author: Rebecca McKinsey
Series: Syndey West
Number in Series: 1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: February 15, 2012 (re-publication)
Pages: 216
Publisher:, Inc
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

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Synopsis from Pump Up Your Books

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.

Sydney West is a tale of mystery, suspicion, sarcasm, used books, and Earl Grey tea.


      Sydney West is a story about a man who collapsed in the middle of a coffee shop. While at the hospital, he says he has amnesia. He doesn't even know his own name. He has one visitor, Jacob, a college student who called the ambulance for him. From the get go, people are not sure about the man. He is strange to say the least. While the man is trying to adjust to life, he is getting help from an unknown source. He seems to know plenty about those around him, but he can't seem to figure out anything about himself.

      This will probably be my most difficult review to write. Sydney West is truly like nothing I have ever read. It is bizarre to say the least, but bizarre in a new and exciting way. I am shocked that Rebecca McKinsey isn't a household name because this is worthy of Stephen King. McKinsey has some wonderful talent and her writing style is all her own. I loved it.

      The plot works like a puzzle in which you have never seen the full picture first. You get everything bit by bit. I loved that about this book because while it may seem slow, it is very purposeful and with each chapter I found myself engrossed in the story. It is quite a unique mystery. Each chapter revealed more and more. I am being very careful not too reveal anything because the twists pack a major punch, let me tell you.

      I really enjoyed Sydney West, Sydney West is the name of the man with amnesia. I couldn't pin him down. He can be a bit of a jerk to say the least. You don't know if he is good or bad. You aren't even sure if he is human. As a matter of fact when we first meet him after he collapsed and he was in the hospital, I thought of Doctor Who. You know the first episode from season three when Martha first meets the Doctor in the hospital? What? You don't?! Well in this episode, the Doctor is brought to the hospital (he has regenerated, so we it a "new" Doctor) and Martha is a medical student there. She takes the Doctor's vitals and finds out he has two hearts. Obviously he isn't from around here. That was the episode when they were transferred to the moon because of the Judoon (I love saying that). Sorry, I am rambling, but I am a huge Doctor Who fan, so I can't help it. Anyway, this is what I was expecting. Some strange "time-lord"-like reveal and McKinsey even mentions it. I loved that.

     I also enjoyed it when West talked. He was very sharp and observant. He had a very Sherlock Holmes air about him and it is mentioned throughout the book. He may not even know his real name or even where he lives, but he seems to know about everyone else around him because of the way he perceives them. I also liked Jacob. West seems to take pleasure in verbally stabbing him and Jacob just can't shake the feeling about how off West is even though they just met. They were a strange duo to say the least, but it fit with the book.

      If you want a mystery, this is the best option. I am not kidding. The further you go, the stranger things get and you won't see it coming. Don't overlook anything because everything is a part of the puzzle. McKinsey knows how to tell a story. You have never seen the likes of this one, that is for sure. I wish I could say more, but I can't. This will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end and even then you will have questions. This book is so strange and odd, but you will love it all the more for it. I definitely can't wait for more. Highly recommended.


*This book belongs to the following challenge*
 BCC's 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2013!


About Rebecca McKinsey  is the website for 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 SydneyWest 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.

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1 comment:

  1. Hello!

    I just wanted to stop by and let you know I'm re-launching my web site due to some accessibility issues. The new lair will be packed full of books, art, and other lovely things I want to share with the world.

    If you're still interested in Sydney West and the continuing story, you can find the second book to the trilogy as well as my ranting as I finish up the third, over at ( in just a day or so.


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