Publication date: October 31, 2013
Genres: Historical Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Source: The author
****BASED ON A TRUE STORY***
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 totally hooked when I read the summary - especially because it is set in a lunatic asylum, I LOVE psychological thrillers and I really want to start getting in to historical fiction, and by the way, that cover is so absolutely gorgeous!
I loved that the book is seen from different perspectives, it gives bigger and better picture of the story. Instead of just knowing how and what Anne feels, you get to know how she acts and what other people thinks about her and the whole dilemma. I love being able to see the story from different perspectives because I feel like you get to know everything you can about the characters.
One of the problems I had with this book was the dialogues, when Anne or any of the other nobility talked it was written normally, but then when other people talked, there was a bunch of contractions and apostrophes. I understand why it is written that way - because they are lower in the hierarchy and haven't grown up the like Anne and everything, but I still dislike when dialogues are written that way.
I kept laughing at Dr. Savage because he believes Anne is insane due to her extensive reading - if books lead to insanity call me a crazy person, but I just loved how weird that was. I can totally see how that would be a problem in the 1800 century, because women weren't supposed to read and learn things - but I still loved the way it was portrayed. I pictured a light bulb on top of his head and all of a sudden it lighted up.
I also loved all the plot-twist, it was great not knowing what was really going on.
October 11th 1885
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