Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Syndrome by Paul Rega

The Syndrome
Inspired by a True Story
by Paul Rega

My rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: July 3, 2014
Publisher: Deep Blue Publishing
Genre: Adult Drama
Print Length: 210 pages


Inspired by a true story, Nikolas Renzetti's life is not how he had planned it. Alienated from his children and on the verge of divorce, his escape from what was now reality, seems all but certain. For the first time, Nikolas begins to question his own mortality. His only daughter, Annabelle, has been killed in a terrible car accident. Her death was instantaneous--at least that's what authorities told him. The accident was unavoidable, or was it? His search for the truth may alter the course of his life forever.

His wife Maria, having survived a cancer operation in the first year of their marriage, has turned on her staunchest supporter. Embroiled in a torrid affair, Nikolas is on the brink of a nervous breakdown. How does he survive his wife's attack on his character and her ruthless use of one of the cruelest forms of child abuse? A brutal fight ensues; will it threaten the freedom of Nikolas and his oldest son?

In The Syndrome, Paul Rega does a masterful job of extracting what can only be described as raw emotion from his audience, in his most compelling novel yet.

The Syndrome: Inspired by a True Story (Book #1)My Review 
The Syndrome by Paul Rega
My Rating: 4 Stars

I honestly struggled with this one. What won me over was MY struggle to understand and MY emotional involvement, positive or negative. Based on a true story, The Syndrome by Paul Rega is sure to be controversial at best, inspiring lively debates and opinions. The narrator holds the male point of view in a life that never quite met his expectations. Marriages often fail, and for each failure there is a myriad of reasons, but, it always takes two. Our narrator clearly has worked hard to achieve his goals, which change often and he seems unhappy once he has hit his mark. The same appears to have happened in his marriage. Having met his wife while she was married to another, they proceeded to have an affair, for which he feels no remorse, only that he was saving her from the abuse she was suffering. Life in the beginning was good, there were huge obstacles to overcome, but together he and his wife made it through. As time went on, they grew apart, had more kids, played the “Keep up with the Jones” game and fell into the same abyss that many couples do, they are not friends, they do not interact with respect.

Where I had problems was when the narrator seemed to take no blame that he could not justify as necessary. His selfish attitude and ability to reason away his affairs, his lack of a relationship with his children, etc., are not uncommon in today’s society and it is not just men.

So, I realized, even though I did NOT like any of the characters, Paul Rega was drawing me in with an emotional hook and engrossed me completely in this read. That is the sign of a good author, to present his tale, connect with the reader and evoke something from them. His style was rambling, as one often sees in a person scrambling to be right at all times, like the narrator. Do I have to agree with what was written? No. Did it make me think? Yes. Had this been a paranormal read, I would have chalked up my issues to part of the fantasy.

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