Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Medea Complex by Rachel Florence Roberts


1885. Anne Stanbury - Committed to a lunatic asylum, having been deemed insane and therefore unfit to stand trial for the crime of which she is indicted. But is all as it seems?

Edgar Stanbury - the grieving husband and father who is torn between helping his confined wife recover her sanity, and seeking revenge on the woman who ruined his life.

Dr George Savage - the well respected psychiatrist, and chief medical officer of Bethlem Royal Hospital. Ultimately, he holds Anne's future wholly in his hands.

The Medea Complex tells the story of a misunderstood woman suffering from insanity in an era when mental illnesses' were all too often misdiagnosed and mistreated. A deep and riveting psychological thriller set within an historical context, packed full of twists and turns, The Medea Complex explores the nature of the human psyche: what possesses us, drives us, and how love, passion, and hope for the future can drive us to insanity.

The synopsis of this book totally grabbed my attention so I was really excited to start reading The Media Complex.   Back in the day, most mental illnesses were misdiagnosed and mistreated . I'm sure most of us have heard the horror stories or seen them reenacted in movies.  It's pretty creepy to think about so I can only imagine what Anne was feeling when she woke up in one and didn't know where she was. She thought she had been kidnapped.

Not to mention what her husband, Edgar, must be feeling.  He wants his wife well, but she's done some unthinkable things and he needs to forgive her, as well as seek his own revenge on the person who ruined his life.  Told in the present tense, but in a back and forth format with the characters so you know what they are thinking, R F Roberts unfolds the story slowly, leading the reader on a merry chase to find out what really happened to Anne and Edgar's infant son, and what's really wrong with Anne?

With some tense moments, as well as writing that gets into the heart and mind of the characters, The Medea Complex is a riveting, yet gritty read.  I'll admit there were a few dry moments for me, but they quickly dissipated as the story moved forward. A riveting read that was very hard to put down.  If you enjoy historical thrillers based on a true story, then you'll want to pick this one up!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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