I love it when accomplished women who are experts in their field write a novel delving into the same area. Anne Buist is Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and has over 25 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry. She works with Protective Services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder.
It's fair to say she has heard a few stories and can tell a convincing story of Forensic Psychiatry. Purists should grab this book with both hands.
What I found most compelling was the character of Natalie King. Buist paints a convincing picture of a complex woman doing a really complex job in the midst of a thriller. Singer, sexpot, nurturer, investigator, intellect, academic, wildchild and mental health patient ... Natalie King is at once extraordinary and everywoman. It's a hell of an achievement for a first-time author.
Buist also paints a complex picture of some of the issues facing troubled mothers. She takes us into their backgrounds and shows us a cycle of abuse and neglect that is very difficult to break. She shows a lot of empathy for people often written off as 'evil' in both the media and legal system.
I can't wait for the next Natalie King, Forensic Psychiatrist book told with sensitivity, strength and humour.
Blurb from Text Publishing
Forensic psychiatrist Natalie King works with victims and perpetrators of violent crime. Women with a history of abuse, mainly. 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. Anonymous notes, threats, strangers loitering outside her house.
A hostile former patient? Or someone connected with a current case? Georgia Latimer—charged with killing her three children. Travis Hardy—deadbeat father of another murdered child, with a second daughter now missing. Maybe the harrassment has something to do with Crown Prosecutor Liam O’Shea—drop-dead sexy, married and trouble in all kinds of ways.
Natalie doesn’t know. Question is, will she find out before it’s too late?
Anne Buist, herself a leading perinatal psychiatrist, has created an edge-of-the-seat mystery with a hot new heroine—backed up by a lifetime of experience with troubled minds.