Book Review: The Medea Complex by Rachel Florence Roberts

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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Medea Complex by Rachel Florence RobertsThe Medea Complex by Rachel Florence Roberts
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on November 1st 2013
Genres: Historical, Thriller
Pages: 272
Source: Author
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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 Medea Complex

my thoughts done

What a psychological thriller! Rachel is one of my new favorite authors. She was able to mingle intrigue throughout this entire plot. So much so that I was questioning everything and everyone. The end is totally epic and actually took me by surprise.

Books. Women and their books.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting into Anne’s head and learning her plight. It’s amazing to see her struggle! But then you get more into the plot and all of these people around her and her husband, Edgar Stanbury, whom I just simply did not like at all, and more and more plots come out. It’s such a mire of different plots that someone Rachel is able to gracefully navigate! Not only there but there is some technical jargon in here as well that just blew my mind but again Rachel doesn’t just throw it at the reader and make you swallow it, she explains absolutely everything in detail.

Did alright up there, didn’t I, lad? Say, did I tell you this is my first trial?

About 50% through I was very curious what else was going to happen and I almost wish she would have spread out the beginning a bit more but I think sadly people would have gotten bored. The intrigue just keeps getting ratcheted up from here though and this is when I really started to question everyone and their motives.

I am curious as to how much of this is based on the actual story and how much she added in. Honestly it doesn’t matter but I’m curious. Either way Rachel makes an horrific story mesmerizing and seemingly without breaking a sweat. Totally loved it and her writing!

We all enter this world covered in blood. Some of us survive the brutal entry. Yet only a few of us exit it without any still on our hands.


the author

British born and raised, Rachel Florence Roberts is a registered nurse, fiancée and mother of one based in Malta, EU. The Medea Complex was written shortly after the birth of her son, and took almost two years to complete. She suffered with postnatal depression in a country that did not understand her, and was henceforth the inspiration behind the novel. The Medea Complex will make anyone who has ever thought, lived, laughed, and loved, question the importance of those and everything around them.

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