Author(s): Anne Buist
'A complex tale that is well told by an excellent thriller writer who delivers great psychological insights within the fabric of her storytelling.' Mark Roberts, author of Blood Mist
'Buist brings her considerable experience as a perinatal psychiatrist to bear in this novel, giving it authenticity and gravitas.' Daily Telegraph
Natalie King has been hired to do a psychiatric evaluation for the children's court. A custody dispute. Not her usual territory. A distraught mother Jenna needs help maintaining custody of her children, claiming her former partner Malik has been abusing one of the children. He claims she's crazy and compulsive.
But what if all the claims are true, or none? And how does she work out where her concerns for the child slide into her growing obsession with her own lost father? With all the public interest, social media trolling and intense media speculation, Natalie finds herself struggling to view the case impartially.
More urgently: with both parents saying they're desperate to keep their daughter safe--what if one of them is desperate enough to kill?
Against the backdrop of the Royal Commission into Child Abuse, Anne Buist brings us the third instalment in the Natalie King series. Buist takes a routine psychiatric evaluation and develops it into an insightful look into the intricacies and agendas within custody battles. Dealing with the continuing themes of mental illness and family dynamics, this crime thriller is not one to miss.
`A harrowing and thrilling read, this mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat.' * Buzzfeed, Best Australian Books of 2015 on Medea's Curse * `An intelligent thriller.' * Who Weekly on Medea's Curse * `Buist brings her considerable experience as a perinatal psychiatrist to bear in this novel, giving it authenticity and gravitas.' * Daily Telegraph on Medea's Curse * `Forensic psychiatrist Natalie King is not your average heroine nor is Medea's Curse a predictable by-the-numbers thriller...An intelligent, thought-provoking tale.' * Courier Mail on Medea's Curse *
Anne Buist is the Chair of Women's Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. She has over twenty-five years' clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry, and works with protective services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. Professor Buist is married to novelist Graeme Simsion and has two children. Her novels featuring forensic psychiatrist Natalie King are Medea's Curse and Dangerous to Know.