Rachel Florence Roberts was born in Liverpool. She was inspired to write The Medea Complex after suffering with postnatal depression, following the birth of her son. The Medea Complex is inspired by true events that occurred towards the end of the 19th century, and is Rachel's first novel.
O E JTOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Nov. 2014
At the time of writing this review, The Medea Complex stands in the Amazon UK Bestsellers Rank at No. 533,965 which seems to flatter it in a most misleading way because this of course suggests that there are only 533,964 books that are more popular. This is absurd and calls into question the accuracy of the Amazon ranking system. Things are slightly more credible in the USA where the current ranking is 864,163.
By buying this I took one for the team and as a result believe that anyone with the ability to read should NEVER have to be subjected to this equivalent to literary excrement. I beg you, don't let my selflessness be for nothing and heed my warning. This is the worst book ever written.
If this book is the most horrific thing the devil can come up with, I think humanity is safe from the threat of hell.
There are so many things wrong with this book, I decided to keep notes so I could present them in an orderly fashion, with quotes to back me up. I don't want you to take my word for this novel's horridness, I'm going to let Miss Roberts speak for herself.
The opening line is "What I really want to know is how the bastards did it". Well, what I really want to know is why anyone would want to read this drivel.
"This is possibly the rudest thing to which I have ever borne witness" is another quote from Page One. Well, this is not possibly but definitely the worst thing in my life to which I have ever borne witness.
"I'm contacting the police" is written by the person claiming to be an author (still on P1 by the way). Well the same thought crossed my mind after reading this object which for reasons difficult to explain is offered for sale on Amazon in a section called "novels". So I did.Read more ›
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This dark and compelling tale is set in the late 19th century, a period when mental health was largely misunderstood and the mere shadow of doubt could condemn someone to a lifetime of misery in a lunatic asylum. In this historical setting, Lady Anne Stanbury finds herself interned in a mental hospital. She stands accused of killing her infant son but has been deemed unfit to stand trial by reason of insanity. Her heartbroken husband is torn by conflicting emotions as he struggles to deal with the horrific deed she has apparently committed. This is the stark premise from which the story (powerfully narrated from different points of view) unfolds with a series of twists and turns.
This book is a 'tour de force' in the exploration of the human psyche and in its ability to transport the reader, with such authenticity and in-depth knowledge of subject matter that one has to wonder at the amount of research that must have gone into its creation. There are no holes in the writing and the author's ability to bring the situations and scenes to life is quite remarkable. Her characters are drawn clearly and cleverly, and there are many surprises, and Ms Roberts holds the reader captivated by the need to know what happens next. Surely the sign of a gifted writer. From the very first page, the reader is drawn into the mind and soul of the heroine and feeling all the beautifully nuanced emotions she experiences.
This powerful, chilling narrative contains some disturbing subject matter, but this is handled with such measured delicacy and compassion that one is willing to be swept along by the optimistic quality of the assured writing.
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I would have enjoyed this more but like other reviewers, was getting irritated with the jarring grammar. In some instances the dialogue was like a present-day story and in others quite pedantic so I was rather confused at times. My main beef was the mis-use of the word who with whom and the use of OK - although it was probably in use in the US in the late 1800s, I doubt it would have been used by a Doctor of a mental asylum. I am sorry to only give this 3 stars as I appreciate the effort Miss Roberts has put into the story and to an extent it was a very good plot with some interesting twists and turns - although I was having difficulty relating to Anne's troubled mind - but I am a bit of a pedant and the anachronisms and grammar did spoil the story somewhat for me.
This isnt the sort of book I would usually read but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Chapters are narrated by a variety of the main players, giving different perspectives on the plot and keeping the pace going. The only reason I've given it a 4 rather than a 5 is a few grammatical errors, a couple of typos and some modern phrases and figures of speech that jar against the period setting. Trying to keep this spoiler free but I also have a a few slight niggles with the ending. While it was true to the characters, it left a few answers unconfirmed, I imagine the author expects us to infer or guess the answers but I would have liked them confirming.
That said I'd highly recommend it!
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When I was invited by the author to read and review her book I was intrigued by the subject matter and so researched the Medea Complex in psychology and mythology on the internet, so with my interest piqued, I started this novel....
Have you ever started a book and right from the first few pages been drawn into the story, felt sympathy or empathy for the characters, got so engrossed in the plot and just couldn't put the book down? Yes,I have too - but sadly not with this one. The idea behind this book is good: Anne, Lady Stanbury, wakes up to find herself in a strange place; we, the readers, know it is a lunatic asylum, but Anne thinks she has been kidnapped for ransom. But why is she there? Does her family know where she is? Will she ever get out?
Each chapter, written in the present tense, is from the perspective of different characters - Anne's husband Edgar Stanbury, an out and out money-grubbing prig; her father Lord Darnsbridge...a patron of the asylum; Dr Savage, head honcho at the asylum; there is Anne herself of course, and various other sundry people. The reason for Anne's incarceration quickly becomes obvious to us with our modern day knowledge, but in the 1880s, when all sorts of strange notions for certain conditions were put forward, the future looks bleak indeed for Anne. The asylum is staffed by Dr Savage, prepared to go to any lengths to cure her, Fat Ruth, the stereotypical hateful nurse and Agnus the token kindly nurse. Wranglings regarding inheritance go on in Anne's absence with Edgar her husband, one minute declaring his undying love for her and in the next breath referring to her as a slut. Oh dear, poor Anne.Read more ›