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A deep and riveting psychological thriller inspired by true events of the Victorian era, The Medea Complex explores the nature of the human psyche: what possesses us, what drives us, and how love, passion, and hope for the future can drive us to insanity.

  1. 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…

Rachel Florence Roberts was born in Liverpool. She was inspired to write The Medea Complex after suffering with postnatal depression, following the birth of her son. The Medea Complex is inspired by true events that occurred towards the end of the 19th century, and is Rachel’s first novel.

The Medea Complex - eBook

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Penguin Publishing Group
Author
Rachel Florence Roberts
ISBN-13
9780698188242
ISBN-10
0698188241

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It has been a long tim...
It has been a long time since I've read a book that impressed me to the extent that "The Medea Complex" has. When I first began the book I was mildly impressed, but somewhat aggravated by the actual insanity of the main character. The randomness of her behavior and the constant conjectures of Dr. Savage had me squirming throughout the first chapters. The squirming wasn't negative necessarily, I was enjoying the book but hadn't yet been truly drawn in. My aggravation towards Dr. Savvage had taken root without any reason much before the book even began. A few quotes that got my blood boiling: "Women. Most of them are bordering on the limits of insanity at the best of times." ~Dr. Savage "I know exactly what caused her insanity. Books. Women and their books." Dr. Savage Then it happened. I spark of strangeness that I couldn't quite shake. Some happenings that had me questioning what was really going on. Who was right? Who was wrong? Who was the liar? Who killed that baby? I was lost in the book after that. And I was confused and intrigued until the very end. Overall This book infuriated me. Obviously, from the rating, you can come to the conclusion that this is actually a very good thing. I was angry at Dr. Savage, I was angry at the nurses, I was angry at Anne's husband, and darned if I wasn't angry at Anne too! I felt sympathy, and disgust, and confusion, and compassion for our main character AND the Dr. throughout the book. Just when I had started to hate Dr. Savage with all my heart, he would do something genuinely, authentically kind. He would have an epiphany that contradicted his otherwise ignorant and sexist thoughts. "Sometime simple human wamth can do wonders for a lost person." ~Dr. Savage What the heck, Dr.! You're not supposed to be good meaning! You're supposed to be easily hated. Why are you making it so difficult to draw perfectly reasonable conclusions about you? Back and forth. Back and forth. By the middle of the book I had no idea who to trust, or what to make of the situation. I was starting to feel like I was looking through a foggy lense at a puzzle that was poorly pieced together, and yet I was so curious and determined to understand WHAT was going on. Author Rachel Roberts crafted a fantastic mystery, without making it seem a mystery at all. I was constantly asking myself questions, sitting back and considering the facts presented, and rolling my eyes at the ignorance of the time. This book was intelligently written and there were no points throughout where I felt there were holes or weak story points. This was a strong, solid work made even more intriguing by the fact that it was based off of true events, true people, true horrors. I actually feel compelled to check out all of the resources Ms. Roberts compiled at the end of the book for curious readers. Ms. Roberts has created something that lures the reader into a fog of knowing some things, but not enough things. So, the reader draws their own conclusions based on personal feelings and even a bit of rambling from "Professional" sources. Consideration isn't made for alternatives until it's much too late to be prepared for the twist. Without giving too much away (because you MUST read this book. RIGHT NOW) I'll say that I was flabbergasted by the way things progressed and the way things ended. "The Medea Complex" will definitely find itself featured as one of the "Best Books Read in 2014" and Rachel Roberts is now on the list as one of my Favorite Authors. I wish I could write all about this book. Just type it all out here in the review to prove to you how impressive and incredible this work is. But I don't want to give anything away. I want you to experience it for yourself. This is a book to watch, and an author to keep up with. A very confident 5 quills.
Most helpful negative review
Despite the spam, This...
Despite the spam, This is actually something I might read (I have a bit of a thing for Bedlam Hospital, and well written Victoriana) Or not. I popped up the look inside, hit the "surprise me" button. In a paragraph that shifts tense from present perfect to past perfect and back twice, I am told that the witnesses "strongly collaborated" someones character. Considering how good I can the English most days, it's bad if simple grammar and completely wrong word choice are smacking me in the face right on the very first page I read. I decided not to bother, free or not.
Most helpful positive review
1 customers found this helpful
It has been a long tim...
It has been a long time since I've read a book that impressed me to the extent that "The Medea Complex" has. When I first began the book I was mildly impressed, but somewhat aggravated by the actual insanity of the main character. The randomness of her behavior and the constant conjectures of Dr. Savage had me squirming throughout the first chapters. The squirming wasn't negative necessarily, I was enjoying the book but hadn't yet been truly drawn in. My aggravation towards Dr. Savvage had taken root without any reason much before the book even began. A few quotes that got my blood boiling: "Women. Most of them are bordering on the limits of insanity at the best of times." ~Dr. Savage "I know exactly what caused her insanity. Books. Women and their books." Dr. Savage Then it happened. I spark of strangeness that I couldn't quite shake. Some happenings that had me questioning what was really going on. Who was right? Who was wrong? Who was the liar? Who killed that baby? I was lost in the book after that. And I was confused and intrigued until the very end. Overall This book infuriated me. Obviously, from the rating, you can come to the conclusion that this is actually a very good thing. I was angry at Dr. Savage, I was angry at the nurses, I was angry at Anne's husband, and darned if I wasn't angry at Anne too! I felt sympathy, and disgust, and confusion, and compassion for our main character AND the Dr. throughout the book. Just when I had started to hate Dr. Savage with all my heart, he would do something genuinely, authentically kind. He would have an epiphany that contradicted his otherwise ignorant and sexist thoughts. "Sometime simple human wamth can do wonders for a lost person." ~Dr. Savage What the heck, Dr.! You're not supposed to be good meaning! You're supposed to be easily hated. Why are you making it so difficult to draw perfectly reasonable conclusions about you? Back and forth. Back and forth. By the middle of the book I had no idea who to trust, or what to make of the situation. I was starting to feel like I was looking through a foggy lense at a puzzle that was poorly pieced together, and yet I was so curious and determined to understand WHAT was going on. Author Rachel Roberts crafted a fantastic mystery, without making it seem a mystery at all. I was constantly asking myself questions, sitting back and considering the facts presented, and rolling my eyes at the ignorance of the time. This book was intelligently written and there were no points throughout where I felt there were holes or weak story points. This was a strong, solid work made even more intriguing by the fact that it was based off of true events, true people, true horrors. I actually feel compelled to check out all of the resources Ms. Roberts compiled at the end of the book for curious readers. Ms. Roberts has created something that lures the reader into a fog of knowing some things, but not enough things. So, the reader draws their own conclusions based on personal feelings and even a bit of rambling from "Professional" sources. Consideration isn't made for alternatives until it's much too late to be prepared for the twist. Without giving too much away (because you MUST read this book. RIGHT NOW) I'll say that I was flabbergasted by the way things progressed and the way things ended. "The Medea Complex" will definitely find itself featured as one of the "Best Books Read in 2014" and Rachel Roberts is now on the list as one of my Favorite Authors. I wish I could write all about this book. Just type it all out here in the review to prove to you how impressive and incredible this work is. But I don't want to give anything away. I want you to experience it for yourself. This is a book to watch, and an author to keep up with. A very confident 5 quills.
Most helpful negative review
Despite the spam, This...
Despite the spam, This is actually something I might read (I have a bit of a thing for Bedlam Hospital, and well written Victoriana) Or not. I popped up the look inside, hit the "surprise me" button. In a paragraph that shifts tense from present perfect to past perfect and back twice, I am told that the witnesses "strongly collaborated" someones character. Considering how good I can the English most days, it's bad if simple grammar and completely wrong word choice are smacking me in the face right on the very first page I read. I decided not to bother, free or not.
1-5 of 9 reviews

It has been a long tim...

It has been a long time since I've read a book that impressed me to the extent that "The Medea Complex" has. When I first began the book I was mildly impressed, but somewhat aggravated by the actual insanity of the main character. The randomness of her behavior and the constant conjectures of Dr. Savage had me squirming throughout the first chapters. The squirming wasn't negative necessarily, I was enjoying the book but hadn't yet been truly drawn in. My aggravation towards Dr. Savvage had taken root without any reason much before the book even began. A few quotes that got my blood boiling: "Women. Most of them are bordering on the limits of insanity at the best of times." ~Dr. Savage "I know exactly what caused her insanity. Books. Women and their books." Dr. Savage Then it happened. I spark of strangeness that I couldn't quite shake. Some happenings that had me questioning what was really going on. Who was right? Who was wrong? Who was the liar? Who killed that baby? I was lost in the book after that. And I was confused and intrigued until the very end. Overall This book infuriated me. Obviously, from the rating, you can come to the conclusion that this is actually a very good thing. I was angry at Dr. Savage, I was angry at the nurses, I was angry at Anne's husband, and darned if I wasn't angry at Anne too! I felt sympathy, and disgust, and confusion, and compassion for our main character AND the Dr. throughout the book. Just when I had started to hate Dr. Savage with all my heart, he would do something genuinely, authentically kind. He would have an epiphany that contradicted his otherwise ignorant and sexist thoughts. "Sometime simple human wamth can do wonders for a lost person." ~Dr. Savage What the heck, Dr.! You're not supposed to be good meaning! You're supposed to be easily hated. Why are you making it so difficult to draw perfectly reasonable conclusions about you? Back and forth. Back and forth. By the middle of the book I had no idea who to trust, or what to make of the situation. I was starting to feel like I was looking through a foggy lense at a puzzle that was poorly pieced together, and yet I was so curious and determined to understand WHAT was going on. Author Rachel Roberts crafted a fantastic mystery, without making it seem a mystery at all. I was constantly asking myself questions, sitting back and considering the facts presented, and rolling my eyes at the ignorance of the time. This book was intelligently written and there were no points throughout where I felt there were holes or weak story points. This was a strong, solid work made even more intriguing by the fact that it was based off of true events, true people, true horrors. I actually feel compelled to check out all of the resources Ms. Roberts compiled at the end of the book for curious readers. Ms. Roberts has created something that lures the reader into a fog of knowing some things, but not enough things. So, the reader draws their own conclusions based on personal feelings and even a bit of rambling from "Professional" sources. Consideration isn't made for alternatives until it's much too late to be prepared for the twist. Without giving too much away (because you MUST read this book. RIGHT NOW) I'll say that I was flabbergasted by the way things progressed and the way things ended. "The Medea Complex" will definitely find itself featured as one of the "Best Books Read in 2014" and Rachel Roberts is now on the list as one of my Favorite Authors. I wish I could write all about this book. Just type it all out here in the review to prove to you how impressive and incredible this work is. But I don't want to give anything away. I want you to experience it for yourself. This is a book to watch, and an author to keep up with. A very confident 5 quills.

The Medea Complex is a...

The Medea Complex is a fascinating look at mental illness, class division and the love between parents and children. While not perfect it kept me clicking my ereader until I had found that I had read it all in in one sitting. It was weird, it was compelling, it was disgusting, it was horrifying, it was page turning fascinating. Lady Anne Stanbury wakes up in a room she doesn't recognize being greeted by people she does not know. She fears she has been kidnapped for ransom. What she does not remember is killing her infant son. Her father's influence has gotten her placed at Bethlem Royal Hospital where she is diagnosed with puerperal mania - what we now call postpartum psychosis. Her father feels she can be cured and her husband is torn between hating her and loving her. The book alternates between character viewpoints - Lady Anne's, her husband's, the doctor's and her ladies maid's. Each chapter reveals a bit more of the back story and it all slowly comes together with enough twists to tie the reader in knots for a lifetime. The ending was a complete shocker - at least for me - but parts of it were completely confusing and only understood with the reading of the author's note at the end. I think this is perhaps where a little editing might have helped. But all in all a book that made my jaw drop more than once as I was reading and one that stayed with me long after I was finished.

This is a great histor...

This is a great historical novel based on the baby farming industry. I was not aware of this horrific crime that was taking place, but this is sure an eye-opener. I loved that real characters and events are mixed in with some fictional characters. The ending, is of course very upsetting and I would love to see another book that deals with the criminals from this book. This is a great story of who is telling the truth and who is the liar. It will also have you questioning who is the lunatic and who is evil. This is a must read for historical fiction enthusiasts. I will most definitely be suggesting this one to people. Would make a great discussion for book clubs as well.

This is not my normal ...

This is not my normal type of book but something about it did grab my attention. This was a pretty good book. I enjoyed the way the book was written, with multiple view points.

This book has an inter...

This book has an interesting premise and a different style, written from the perspective of the different characters throughout the book. It was very enjoyable initially, but got increasingly difficult to follow completely towards the end unless it was just me. Not surprised by the ending but I do feel the ending could have been explained a touch better. 3 stars.


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