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Poisoning Sylvie [Kindle Edition]

Christina Westover
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It starts with forgetting to lock the refrigerator door, with the letter received from the mother who abandoned her twenty-five years earlier, in a whirlwind of awakening which will force Sylvie out of the predictable life she has come to know.

Poisoned in a nearly fatal accident as a child, Sylvie now exists in a world where strict self-imposed limitations are never to be questioned. Sometimes, though, entire empires are forced to crumble, and hers is no exception.

After learning she occupies the apartment of a once murdered woman, Sylvie uses news reports about the murder to create another identity--a dual identity capable of accomplishing anything.

Sylvie will learn that more frightening than fighting her fears is battling her perception of self. While breaking the shackles caging her in appears at first to be the answer, she soon realizes she no longer knows who she is. After all, what have you accomplished when living a lie--and, who are you once you aren't who you always understood yourself to be?

In a schizophrenic tale of dual identities, readers will see there is more than one way of Poisoning Sylvie!

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Born and raised in California, Christina currently resides in San Francisco. Her method of writing is somewhat unconventional. Finding it difficult to sit behind a computer screen for too long, she composes all of her novels by hand using pen and paper.

Her first novel "Precipice" was released September 2010 by Black Rose Writing.

Product Details

  • File Size: 443 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: World Publishing (October 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005US9XRS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,441 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving Sylvie! November 20, 2011
I love this book! First of all, it takes place in one of my favorite cities- San Francisco, so there was familiarity around every corner. Christina really knows the city and makes the reader feel more acquainted with it as well. She did a fabulous job of making me actually feel anxious along with Sylvie because we've all felt afraid of one thing or another and have episodes of paranoia every now and then, whether mild or severe. While I got wrapped up in Sylvie's anxiety, she also reminded me how strong I am when I really have to be. Many of us fear being "poisoned" because of bad memories- food poisoning, a bad relationship, a horrible job experience, an embarrassing situation, etc... We can let those memories "kill" us or we can decide to live and try again. You should definitely read the book to find out what's really Poisoning Sylvie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars CHEESY! November 6, 2012
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I don't know where to start! The author's over- and incorrect use of "which" is such a distraction that I could not force myself to continue reading this book. Her misuse of commas is also off putting. Did anyone proofread this book? Apparently not. The storyline is cheesy and the sentence structures are verbose and elemental. The dialogue is reminiscent of a high school writer. No wait; I've had high school students who've written better! I'm sorry, but I could not get into this book for too many reasons to count...not recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Odd November 3, 2012
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The book was definitely different from my normal preference, but I tend to enjoy odd things, so I gave it a try. I found the story to be a little crazy and unbelievable at times. I wouldn't recommend the book to friends. It took me over a week to read, which is very unusual. I found myself skimming through page after page to skip the BS I felt was being presented. I only finished the book to see how it ended, and I was disappointed in the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written December 10, 2012
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This book started out promising, but as it went on it became ridiculous. The author went into endless detail about every little thing the character was thinking, and there was so much repetition regarding certain points that it became tedious. I rarely pick up a book and give up halfway through, but I was so bored I couldn't continue. I gave the author one extra star for having a unique concept and some potentially interesting characters, but the book really came off like a C+ high school essay, including the grammatical errors one would expect to find in such an essay. Perhaps this author will be very good someday, but it is too soon for any work to be published. Not recommended, I'm just glad it was free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not that great December 6, 2012
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The author got too caught up in extremely lengthy descriptions or explanations of things. Made me want to stop the book several times. I won't be reading another one of her books. I think she has the ability to become a wonderful author though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring November 20, 2012
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Did not care for this book. I realize there are real people who have this kind of real phobia; but the author continuously repeated the same stuff over and over again; practically in every paragraph that she wrote. She also turned the main character into a sex maniac. Glad it was a free book; paying for it would have been an even BIGGER disappointment!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I just happen to .... whatever November 1, 2012
By Sy Lee
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While it is an interesting concept... the fears of Sylvie, her abandonment by and subsequent contact with her mother... it is stilted and repetitious.

"I can now go into a restaurant and order a plate of food and a drink, and I can consume them.." and a few paragraphs later relating another event: "I consumed my first publicly served beverage." This is just a small example of the repetition and stilted vocabulary. She also just "happens to" too many times.

"Palm plants, ferns, even a small fish pond--Sylvie liked the immediate way they calmed the senses." Why not just say Sylvie's was calmed by the palms, etc., and let us figure out she liked it? I know this sounds nitpicking but she repeatedly used this technique. She tells us too many things instead of letting the story bring it to our attention.

Nevertheless, I was interested enough in the reunion to read through to the end.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's your 'poison'? April 17, 2012
You can always rely on Christina Westover to write a compelling novel, and "Poisoning Sylvie" is no exception. Set, with obvious first-hand knowledge, in the vibrant and moody ambiance of San Francisco life, this well -constructed story of love and anxiety engages the reader in the examination of paranoia. We all have an Achilles' heel. And `poison' can be different things to different people. One person's downfall can have roots in the complexity of a relationship, while another's can stem from the simplicity of a dreary routine or mundane work. Even something as essential to life as food can be 'poisonous' if, like anything else, we allow it eat away at us. The characters we meet are quirky and artistic, humorous and naïve. And Ms. Westover ably acquaints us with the intimate anxieties of Sylvie, her main character, as she weaves together themes of love and loss, passion and abandonment. But remember, `one man's poison is another man's pleasure'. So, is Sylvie courageous enough to throw caution to the wind and conquer the cloak of fear which surrounds her daily life? Perhaps a dual identity will enable her to do the things she is too afraid to accomplish as her normal self? I highly recommend "Poisoning Sylvie" which is a great read on so many levels!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I have nothing good to say about that book
Published 27 days ago by Sally
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
So so
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor
I was looking forward to reading this just because of the title. It didn't take long to find a poorly written story that was repetitious, and had huge gaps in the storyline. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nancy L. Jensen
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written
This book started with a good premise - two young girls abandoned by their mother and having issues that seem to stem from that. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Domino
5.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting story.
The author pulls you in as Sylvie tries to just make it through the day. Wonderful writing and story. Very heart warming ending and true-to-life characters.
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Epic Fail!
This story poisoned MY mind!!!! What a waste of time, words and space!! I have never read such a horrible story line!
Published 23 months ago by Sylvette Reyes
2.0 out of 5 stars hard to follow did not care for characters
I found the book hard to follow and did not care for the personality disiorders that were the theme of the story
Published on November 26, 2012 by st
1.0 out of 5 stars unintentionally the funniest book i've ever read
The writing in this "book" was so bad that several friends and I ending up reading it aloud together and laughing hysterically. "She was a prancing pony in a world of donkeys". Read more
Published on November 22, 2012 by alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Sylvie - A Poisoned Story
I really did enjoy Poisoning Sylvie, and it's been a while since I've read a piece of fiction I've enjoyed. Most tend to be poorly written. Read more
Published on November 19, 2012 by Amy Joe White
2.0 out of 5 stars yawn
Didn't finish it. I couldn't stay awake long enough. The characters dialogue was stilted. The monolgues went on for days .............
Published on November 13, 2012 by barb
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More About the Author

A California native currently residing in San Francisco, she considers herself, first and foremost a novelist, but has been expanding her profile as an artist by creating fine art mosaics, acrylic paintings on canvas and is working at sculpting and creating puppets for her first stop motion animation film titled "The Orb."

She is a firm believer that an artist should be limitless regarding the medium used for expressing emotional depth, ideas, and philosophies. She is inspired by the works of Patricia Highsmith, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Leonardo Da Vinci, Salvador Dali, Hollace M. Metzger, Amadeus Mozart, and Tchaikovsky among others.

To Listen to the radio show episode (her interview is 52 minutes into the file):( )

She is the author of "Precipice" and "Poisoning Sylvie." "The Man Who Followed Jack Kerouac" is the first novel in a trilogy about telepathy and astral projection, written in a Beatnik poetic style including photographs. (Released December 2013) "The Protector:Book Two in The Man Who Followed Jack Kerouac" was released July 2014, with the final book "The Traveler:Book Three in The Man Who Followed Jack Kerouac" set for a February 2015 release.

Please visit Christina at Christina Westover dot com! Watch her CBS-5 Bay Sunday TV interviews on YouTube!

Precipice published by World Publishing Limited 2012 (second Copyright)

Poisoning Sylvie Published by World Publishing Limited October 2011

Open Book:The Life and Death of Amy Winehouse Published by World Publishing
Limited 2011

10 Gifts To Give Yourself For A Successful Life Published by World Publishing Limited October 2012

The Man Who Followed Jack Kerouac, Published by World Publishing Limited, U.K., December 2013

The Protector:Book Two in The Man Who Followed Jack Kerouac, Published by World Publishing Limited, U.K., July 2014.

**If interested in learning telepathy, please follow Christina's blog or view her videos on**

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