The Medea Complex by Rachel Florence Roberts

the medea complex

Blurb from, please scroll down for my review


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.

I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is not something I would normally read, yes, I read thrillers, action, adventure, but not based in the past but it was something I was interested in. There is also a bit of courtroom drama going on. This is the authors debut novel, it is based on true events. Nicely written and I loved the way that each chapter, which is written in the first person, corresponding to a different character, the author has written it so well you can really get into each individuals life, thoughts and day to day stuff.

I have little knowledge to psychiatric hospitals from this era and therefore it seemed to be sufficiently researched. It is an easy to read book, much more fast paced from the middle onwards.

At first you don´t even know why Anne is in the hospital, actually she doesn´t either, she thinks she has been kidnapped and no one explains anything to her. But the answers to all this lie in the ending.

The book is dark, but no too much.

The ending was brilliant, I was not expecting this at all, very clever indeed.

The negative side to this book is the occasional spelling and grammar mistake but this can be easily fixed in the future.

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