The Seven Visitations of Sydney Burgess – Andy Marino

Another quick review to share!

Thanks to Redhook Books for the free copy in exchange for my honest review

THE SEVEN VISITATIONS OF SYDNEY BURGESS – Andy Marino (Releasing September 28th, 2021)

Book Description:

From a thrilling new voice in horror, Andy Marino, comes a haunting tale of a woman whose life begins to unravel after a home invasion. She’s told she killed the intruder. But she can’t remember, and no one believes her…

Sydney’s spent years burying her past and building a better life for herself and her eleven-year old son. A respectable marketing job, a house with reclaimed and sustainable furniture, and a boyfriend who loves her son and accepts her, flaws and all. But when she opens her front door, and a masked intruder knocks her briefly unconscious, everything begins to unravel.

She wakes in the hospital and tells a harrowing story of escape. Of dashing out a broken window. Of running into her neighbors’ yard and calling the police. What the cops tell her is that she can no longer trust her memories. Because they say that not only is the intruder lying dead in her guest room, but he’s been murdered in a way that seems intimately personal.

When she returns home, Sydney can’t shake the deep darkness that hides in every corner. There’s an unnatural whisper in her ear, urging her back to old addictions. And as her memories slowly return, she begins to fear that her new life was never built on solid ground-and that the secrets buried beneath will change everything.

My Thoughts: 2/5 stars

I never enjoy these kinds of reviews, so I’m going to keep it very brief. THE SEVEN VISITATIONS OF SYDNEY BURGESS started out so promising and the premise sounded so good. Sydney has been through an extremely traumatic home invasion where she managed to escape and kill her intruder. We soon learn that she is a recovering drug addict, which of course paints her in a different light for the investigating police officers. Do we have a potentially unreliable narrator? Also, if you aren’t a fan of gory and very graphic horror, then this might not be for you. There are some parts that will definitely stick in your mind and there was something about the alternating narration styles that just didn’t really work for me. I would definitely give this author another chance but this just didn’t really work for me.

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