by Anne Buist Read profile


Published 15th March 2017

Natalie King is back: back from a stay on the psych ward. Her reluctance to live a quiet life has contributed to a severe depressive episode, and now it’s time for a retreat to the country, and a low-key research job at a provincial university nearby. 

But Natalie and trouble have a strange mutual fascination. Her charismatic new boss Frank is friendly, even attractive. But it turns out his pregnant wife is an old enemy of Natalie’s. And when Frank’s tragic personal history is revealed – then reprised in the most shocking way – Natalie finds herself drawn deep into a mystery. And even deeper into danger.

‘An excellent thriller writer who delivers great psychological insights' Mark Roberts

‘A thrilling read that will have you on the edge of your seat’ Buzzfeed

‘Keeps the reader guessing to the very last page’ Lisa Hall

‘A plot-twisting page-turner… I was completely gripped’ Emma Healey

‘An intelligent, well-paced thriller’ Adrian McKinty

‘Buist gives the reader a plot that is original and believable, with more than one twist to keep the reader guessing to the end… A brilliant read.’ BookMooch

‘A psychological thriller with all the ingredients.’ Jennifer Byrne, Australian Women's Weekly

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

‘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.’ Courier-Mail

‘A gripping ride of crime and tension, with a Lisbeth Salander-like lead roaring through danger and intrigue at a million miles an hour.’ Adelaide Advertiser

‘Buist has used her twenty-five years’ experience in perinatal psychiatry to good effect in her first psychological thriller.’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘A harrowing and thrilling read, this mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat.’ Buzzfeed.com

‘An effective and engaging crime novel, that handles its issues compassionately, builds tension well and has a fascinating, flawed protagonist.’ AustCrimeFiction