Saturday, February 15, 2014

Review: The Medea Complex by Rachel Roberts


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.

Lady Anne is in a "crazy" house. She has done something so unspeakable that we as the readers on the outside looking in, have no idea what's going on. Especially since the opening scene is Anne thinking she has gotten kidnapped against her will. 

The opening scene definitely had my attention. 

We learn pretty early on what is "wrong" with Anne. Not only do we get her POV, we get the doctor, Anne's husband Lord Standbury, and various others as well. 

The book in my opinion is a great look into certain types of mental illnesses and what they entail. As soon as I found out what was going in with Anne, I was able to connect with her on a personal level. 

The book takes you deep into the depths of what fear is, mental illness, and the different types of emotions we go through while under the stresses of life. 

I believe Roberts has had a beautiful debut novel that I think hits the spot about what it is to be a woman who just thought she was doing what she was could to save something precious to her. 

The Medea Complex is one that will leave you thinking long after you've finished the book. It's a wonderful historical novel set in the Victorian ages. Roberts I know put a lot of thought and research into writing the book. I applaud her on a job well done. 

*review copy given to me by author for an honest review and it no way shape or form has hindered my thoughts just because it's a review copy.  

About 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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