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A True Psychological Thriller,
This review is from: The Interpretation of Murder (Paperback)
Having read numerous reviews about this book I was intrigued. It claimed to be a mixture of a murder mystery thriller and psychological analysis set in 1909 New York. I was a bit dubious as to whether anybody could pull off such a story whilst still creating a good read, but I went for it based on the strength of the reviews. Thankfully I can say that I was not disappointed and the book was one of the most refreshing reads of the year so far.
The story manages to blend real historical events (taking a few liberties along the way) seamlessly into the plot to create a vivid vision of New York in 1909. The plot twists and turns as you'd expect with a thriller - keeping you guessing right until the end. The characters are mostly believable and come from every walk of life from the rich to the poor - again adding to the depth of the story.
What really sets the book apart from your average thriller is the psychology element. As the novel is based around Freud's only visit to America, there are a lot of references to his works and ideas. These are used to help solve some of the mysteries of the crimes and understand the way people act within the novel. The ideas may be familiar to some, but this sort of depth of analysis is rarely seen in a work of fiction.
On the downside, I felt by the end there was a bit too much going on in a short period of time and possibly a bit contrived. A few chapters became a bit overcrowded with information about what really happened. Even so I was left asking a few questions that weren't answered.
All in all, this is definitely a worthwhile read, that will be enjoyed by most. Not only is it an enthralling work of fiction, but also a good introduction to the world of psychoanalysis - something you may find yourself reading up on after completing the book.