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the medea complex

A deep and riveting psychological thriller inspired by true events of the Victorian era, The Medea Complex explores the nature of the human psyche: what possesses us, what drives us, and how love, passion, and hope for the future can drive us to insanity.

1885. Anne Stanbury wakes up in a strange bed, having been kidnapped from her home. As the panic settles in, she realizes she has been committed to a lunatic asylum, deemed insane and therefore unfit to stand trial for an unspeakable crime. But all is not as it seems….

Edgar Stanbury, her husband as well as a grieving father, is torn between helping his confined wife recover her sanity and seeking revenge for his ruined life. But Anne’s future rests wholly in the hands of Dr. George Savage, chief medical officer of Bethlem Royal Hospital.

The Medea Complex is the darkly compelling story of a lunatic, a lie, and a shocking revelation that elucidates the difference between madness and evil….

Straight out the gate, this book was awesome. I really liked Anne and her story, I really felt for her and was completely engrossed and intrigued by what had happened to her.

Than about a quarter of the way through, it got really bad. The story turned completely sexist (I know it was like that in this time, but it still felt really wrong). The ending made the story fall apart and the beginning then did not make any sense. I only finished because I have promised myself to try harder to finish books, because I could be pleasantly surprised by the end. This was not the case with this book.

I can find something wrong with each character, that made me dislike them and the way they were written.

The author apparently wrote this so people would understand Post Partem depression more, because she herself had it. Well she failed spectacularly on that count, if anything she will make people think she thinks it’s a joke.

I always try and find something good to say about a book so – the setting was fairly well done. I really have not disliked a book so much in such a long time. Especially one I was so looking forward to.

2 out of 5 stars.