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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Review: Medea's Curse

Medea's Curse Medea's Curse by Anne Buist
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: MEDEA' S CURSE by Anne Buist

One of my favorite themes in mysteries and psychological thrillers is the "difficult" female protagonist. You know who I mean: edgy, self-centered, often narcissistic, selfish, rough upbringing, but highly intuitive and with intense determination and drive. Take, for example, Angela Marsons' DI Kim Stone; Robert Bryndza' s DCI Erika Foster; Celina Grace' s DS Kate Redman. All women on the edge, carving their own paths.

Enter Natalie King, not a criminologist, but a forensic psychiatrist, specializing in women who are either victims or perpetrators of violence (often both). Natalie gets a category all her own in the "edgy" niche, but she well deserves it. In terms of psychological evolution, if evolution is a mutable response to the collapse of society and culture, Natalie King is the next stage.

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