Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Medea Complex

The Medea Complex by Rachel Florence Roberts

The Medea Complex-derived from Greek definition meaning "a murderous hatred by a mother for her child(ren), driven by the desire for revenge on her husband; it is a reference to Medea of Greek mythology, who kills her children." That alone would entice the reader to delve in to this novel, but then you read the synopsis and you are further driven to read this book. Inspired by true events that occurred during the Victorian era, and peppered with experiences a new mother has in the days following birth, Rachel Florence Roberts writes a thriller unlike any other. What possesses us, and what is the line between madness and sanity, and evil and illness? 

1885. Anne Stanbury wakes up in a strange bed, having been kidnapped from her home. As the panic settles in, she realizes she has been committed to a lunatic asylum, deemed insane and therefore unfit to stand trial for an unspeakable crime. But all is not as it seems….

Edgar Stanbury, her husband as well as a grieving father, is torn between helping his confined wife recover her sanity and seeking revenge for his ruined life. But Anne’s future rests wholly in the hands of Dr. George Savage, chief medical officer of Bethlem Royal Hospital.

The Medea Complex is the darkly compelling story of a lunatic, a lie, and a shocking revelation that elucidates the difference between madness and evil….

With the historical tie and the thriller behind the story, readers will be unable to remain on one side in this new novel. Being a mother myself, and remembering the period post-baby, I truly became engrossed and could not wait to approach the resolution. I have a copy of The Medea Complex to give away as well. Please visit my Instagram (@lilmommareader) to be entered for a chance to win! Good luck. 

Happy reading!

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