Medea’s Curse, a mystery by Anne Buist, follows forensic psychiatrist, Natalie King, works with violent criminals. Specifically, in this novel, her clients are all women who have committed infanticide. As she works through these women’s issues, she becomes entrenched in issues of her own as she begins receiving anonymous notes from someone. Someone who knows too much. Someone who may be putting her in danger….
The subject matter in itself was very interesting. All the characters that Natalie King treats are accused of committing infanticide. Each woman is equally complex and her stories are fully developed throughout the course of the novel.
Author, Anne Buist, is a bit of an expert on the subject matter discussed in Medea’s Curse. She is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and has twenty-five years of clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry dealing with cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. This makes the plot even more chilling; the reality of these scenarios had my stomach turning.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the development of Natalie King; she is smart, edgy and beats to her own drum. She was an excellent protagonist.
As much as I enjoyed our female lead, the character development, and the general plot, there are a lot of moving pieces to this novel; multiple characters all dealing with complicated backstories and plots. Sometimes, it was a struggle to place everyone. I found that it became jumbled and I struggled to pick up and put this one down. I feel like if you were to read this book in one sitting, it would be okay. Otherwise (and more realistically), you may struggle to keep people and plots in order.
I think all fans of a slower paced and well-developed psychological thrillers will enjoy this first novel in, what I believe, will become a series. However, if you want something simplistic that you can read mindlessly, this would not be your choice. Overall, I gave this one a 3/5 stars.