Anne Buist: Medea’s Curse

*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review as part of the Legend100 Club through Legend Press.


Forensic psychiatrist Natalie King works with victims and perpetrators of violent crime. She rides a Ducati a size too big and wears a tank top a size too small. Likes men but doesn’t want to keep one. And really needs to stay on her medication.

Now she’s being stalked. Could it be a hostile former patient? or someone connected with a current case?

Natalie doesn’t know. And with another missing child case on her desk, the time for answers is running out.

Medea’s Curse is a mystery/thriller novel that follows our main protagonist Natalie King as she attempts to uncover the truth behind another missing child case with links to a previous, whilst also figuring out who is stalking her and leaving messages that instill fear, paranoia, and confusion within. It is a novel filled with a variety of different violent crime cases and provides an insight into the profession, the Australian legal justice system, and leaves you questioning everyone’s motives.

I really enjoyed this novel. It was a quick and easy read with the language used but also the contents of that writing. Buist really submerges you into the profession and the cases presented before you by using formal and correct language that instills feelings of trust towards Natalie King and her ability to correctly assess those before her. As can happen at any point of time, King does find herself questioning her relationships with these cases and sometimes admits to herself that she doesn’t know all of the answers, but the terminology used by Buist shows a professional calm and an analytical mind about King that is reassuring.

At odds against this professional persona of Natalie King is the more personal side of her personality; she rides a big motorbike dressed all in leather, she possesses tattoos, she sleeps around with me as one-night-stands or for a bit of fun, she likes to drink a lot of alcohol, and she performs in a band. And, to top it all off, she herself is on medication. It’s almost ironic that she’s a psychiatrist. I was slightly at odds myself about this character in the way that she was portrayed. Yes, she is clearly a strong, independent woman who needs no man – but at the same time she is given a bad image through her ability to easily pick and choose men as and when. Though this did pose a slight issue when reading the novel, overall I did enjoy the character of Natalie King. She was caring towards her patients and had feelings and concerns towards some of the men she was with, but she also knew when enough was enough in both instances, professional and personal. King is an immediately likeable character, even due to her sexual nature which (though obviously not the best image) adds to the flavour of her character and helps to reflect on the bad and good personas of King and how she tries to distance them from all aspects of her life.

Though I can’t physically write too much without giving the novel away, I really enjoyed every aspect. The language used, the types of cases and the ways in which they linked, the link between King’s personal and professional life as the novel progressed. It all came together to produce a novel that I couldn’t wait to pick up again, purely for my intense liking towards Natalie King! One thing I would mention is that there are so many characters within this novel that it did sometimes get a bit confusing, especially as some of the characters have similar names or are involved in similar cases. Though that did make it confusing, it was only a slight hiccup in a brilliant read!


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