Welcome to my stop on the Medea’s Curse blog tour!
Published: 3rd October 2016 (Legend Press)
Forensic psychiatrist Natalie King works with victims and perpetrators of violent crime. She rides a Ducati a size too big and wears a tank top a size too small. Likes men but doesn’t want to keep one. And really needs to stay on her medication.
Now she’s being stalked. Could it be a hostile former patient? Or someone connected with a current case?
Natalie doesn’t know. And with another missing child case on her desk, the time for answers is running out.
Anne Buist has over 25 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry working on cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder so from the outside you know that this is going to be a tough read based on first hand knowledge and experience rather than hearsay of mental health. I personally suffered with postnatal depression (PND) so, given the subject, I was pleased to see the author’s note at the start of the book clarifying that this is not about those women with PND. I liked the fact that the author made that clear from the start and was interested as to where this story would take us.
The prologue is particularly creepy and sets the tone for the book. We are introduced to Dr. Natalie King, a forensic psychiatrist, who is also a bad-ass motorcyclist! Dr King is trying to support victims of heinous crimes and understand the inner workings of disturbed individuals for criminal insight, she is also trying to keep herself balanced!
Natalie is helping with the investigation into another missing child but also seems to have attracted the attention of someone intent on knowing her every move (as I say, the prologue is chilling!). I don’t wish to comment any more on the synopsis so that the story unfolds as it is designed to – no spoilers here!
Medea’s Curse is well plotted out, although it does jump a little so needs concentration – maybe I’ve read too many books recently that have stated character names or dates to indicate where the story is moving to! However saying that, this shift is required to develop the sub-plots and to keep the reader guessing. Medea’s Curse is interesting on 2 levels; the investigation itself and the factual side of psychiatry – the two are balanced out well with just the right level of psychiatric terminology.
This isn’t an easy read with distressing themes, but a good read nonetheless!
Thank you to the author and Legend Press for my copy of Medea’s Curse.
About Anne Buist
Anne Buist is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and has over 25 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry working on cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder.
She has published ten erotic romance- suspense novels under the pseudonym Simone Sinna. She is married to novelist Graeme Simsion and has two children.