Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Medea Complex by Rachel Florence Roberts

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.

"My Favourite Quotes/Lines From the Book"
"I can understand you questioning the love you have for your wife, but you are wrong to hate her, Mr. Stanbury. She is ill."
---Rachel Florence Roberts, The Medea Complex

"A man is rummaging amongst the flowers, shouting something incoherent about trying to find himself. He's not the only one."
---Rachel Florence Roberts, The Medea Complex

"Women. Most of them are bordering on the limits of insanity at the best of times."
---Rachel Florence Roberts, The Medea Complex

"I put down my pen. She has confirmed my suspicions. I now know exactly what caused her insanity. Books. Women and their books."
---Rachel Florence Roberts, The Medea Complex

"Ultimately, what do fancy homes and pricey possessions give to the person that owns them?"
---Rachel Florence Roberts, The Medea Complex

"Sometimes, simple human warmth can do wonders for a lost person."
---Rachel Florence Roberts, The Medea Complex

"Why did women decide to enter the workplace? A question that will no doubt confound me until the day I die. Curing the insane is easier than answering that question."
---Rachel Florence Roberts, The Medea Complex

"Of course, you are speechless. Sometimes I dazzle myself with my brilliance..."
---Rachel Florence Roberts, The Medea Complex

Wow! this was some book ;) So I must confess that it was only my second psychological thriller and I was somewhat apprehensive about reading it. Because I have absolutely hated and loved the first one (It was Gone Girl by the way) and unfortunately or may be fortunately I have same mixed feelings for this one too"love and hate of my life." I can understand that!!
Its a story about a woman who in her own words, "protected my child the only way I knew how" and then was declared insane. The grieving husband got my sympathy right from the beginning but there was an air of mystery which surrounds them. Of course there was more to the story.  Tragic ending makes it all the more easier to empathise with the characters, which are all well developed and interesting in their own way. a doctor who is trying to do his best in curing his patients. Using all the knowledge available to him, a father who is trying to cope with the fact that his only daughter is insane and might never get better. a husband who on one hand loves his wife and on the other hates the murder of his son. A loyal maid who is willing to do anything for her mistress. A nurse who sometimes seems insane herself...

It is a perfect mix of insanity, conspiracy and love. This story will leave you mystified as to the way human mind works in certain circumstances. In short I think it was overall a good story, well written and a-must-read but only if you liked psychological thrillers, be warned they are never what you expect them to be...

P.S. I want to thank the author for the free copy in exchange of an honest review. My review is in no way biased.
P.S.S. The winners of the Medea Complex Giveaway are Myra W., Hadia S., Chandi W., Amna K. and Quimataz Q.