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Medea's Curse

Medea’s Curse: Natalie King, Forensic Psychiatrist

Natalie King Series, Book One

Anne Buist

  • awardShortlisted, Davitt Awards, Adult Novel category, 2016
  • awardShortlisted, Davitt Awards, Debut category, 2016
  • 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 harassment 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.



    ABC Radio National Weekend Arts
    3010 Melbourne University Magazine

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    Anne Buist
    About the Author

    Anne Buist is the author of the psychological thrillers Medea’s Curse, Dangerous to Know, This I Would Kill For and The Long Shadow, and Professor of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. She lives with Graeme Simsion, co-author of Two Steps Forward and Two Steps Onward, in Melbourne, Australia.

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    24 February 2016
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    ‘A proper plot-twisting page-turner… I was completely gripped.’

    ‘A psychological thriller with all the ingredients.’

    ‘Buist gives the reader a plot that is original and believable, with more than one twist to keep the reader guessing to the end…This thought-provoking psychological thriller will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned. A brilliant read.’

    ‘Crime novels and thrillers depend on strong investigators whose idiosyncrasies make them distinctive and attractively flawed. Melburnian Anne Buist has ticked these boxes with her creation, Natalie King’

    ‘Forensic psychologist Natalie King is not your average heroine nor is Medea’s Curse a predictable by-the-numbers thriller…An intelligent, thought-provoking tale.’

    Medea’s Curse is a gripping ride of crime and tension, with a Lisbeth Salander-like lead roaring through danger and intrigue at a million miles an hour.’

    ‘Buist has used her twenty-five years’ experience in perinatal psychiatry to good effect in her first psychological thriller…King is a lively new character with a good mix of appealing characteristics and interesting flaws.’

    ‘An effective and engaging crime novel, that handles its issues compassionately, builds tension well and has a fascinating, flawed protagonist. It will be interesting to see what Anne Buist (and Natalie King) do next.’

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    • Medea's Curse
      ISBN: 9781925095586
      28 January 2015
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