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Dark and powerful tale,
This review is from: The Medea Complex (Kindle Edition)
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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Initial post: 8 Mar 2014 12:05:01 GMT
Great review. I totally agree.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2014 16:15:33 GMT
Thank you! It was nice of you to take the time to leave a comment.
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