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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … www.mailboxmonday.wordpress.com

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!


Another direct, author review request this week … and what a read this one promises to be!

Check out the short video trailer for the book on the author website … you’ll be left in no doubt what I mean!


Based On A True Story
Anne wakes up in a strange bed, having been kidnapped from her home. Slowly, she realizes she is in a lunatic asylum.


1885. Anne Stanbury – Committed to a lunatic asylum, having been deemed insane and therefore unfit to stand trial for the crime of which she is indicted. But is all as it seems?

Edgar Stanbury – the grieving husband and father who is torn between helping his confined wife recover her sanity, and seeking revenge on the woman who ruined his life.

Dr George Savage – the well respected psychiatrist, and chief medical officer of Bethlem Royal Hospital. Ultimately, he holds Anne’s future wholly in his hands.

The Medea Complex tells the story of a misunderstood woman suffering from insanity in an era when mental illnesses’ were all too often misdiagnosed and mistreated. A deep and riveting psychological thriller set within an historical context, packed full of twists and turns, The Medea Complex explores the nature of the human psyche: what possesses us, drives us, and how love, passion, and hope for the future can drive us to insanity.


Image Of Author Rachel Florence RobertsBritish born and raised, Rachel Florence Roberts is a registered nurse, fiancée and mother of one based in Malta, EU.

The Medea Complex was written shortly after the birth of her son, and took almost two years to complete.

She suffered with postnatal depression in a country that did not understand her, and was henceforth the inspiration behind the novel.

The Medea Complex will make anyone who has ever thought, lived, laughed, and loved, question the importance of those and everything around them.

cover image of 'The Medea Complex' a novel by Rachel Florence Roberts

The cover of this psychological thriller has already got me spooked, so I am hoping that Rachel’s graphic explanation of just what she hoped to achieve with it, is a great precursor for what I can expect from the book itself!

I really wanted to get the ‘feel’ of the novel, the ‘eptiome’ of what it is about. I wanted the reader to look at the cover, and see the patient in a straight-jacket; her hands dripping with blood, as she stands outside the gate of ‘Royal Bethlem Asylum’, and think to themselves, “What did she do? I want to know more”, and then flick to the blurb, and hopefully, the first few pages. I employed a professional designer, and believe it or not, the girl on the cover is me, sort of computer-altered!


I can’t wait to discover all your own great new finds this week … so please stop by and share your link, so that I can visit your post.


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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Vicki,

      That cover art is amazing, isn’t it?, not something you could forget easily.

      If Rachel set out to make readers think ‘what did she do?’, then she has definitely succeeded and piqued my interest.

      Thanks for helping to keep Mailbox Monday alive, I for one, really appreciate it.

    • Hi Lucy,

      The trailer itself was quite intense, so if the book is anything like as good, I shall be very happy.

      I also think it is going to be quite an emotionally charged read, as I can’t begin to imagine how I would feel if I were to wake up, only to find myself incarcerated in a lunatic asylum. If I wasn’t mad before being committed, I think I certainly would be within a few days of being there …. How would you keep yourself sane?

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comment and I hope that you have a good week.

    • Hi Serena,

      Sometimes it is quite dificult to correlate the cover art of a book with the story, however this cover sets the scene beautifully and in full horrifying detail. There’s no need to wonder just what kind of a read you are in for!

      Thanks for stopping by, your visit is appreciated. I hope that you have a good week.

  • I always enjoy the way you present your new book arrivals, Yvonne. Thanks for the link to the trailer. It gave a feel of what to expect in the novel – kind of creepy, spooky. I hope you enjoy the book!

    • Hi Mary,

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment, I truly appreciate it.

      When I only have one new book arrival, it offers a great opportunity to feature not only the new title, but the author also, particularly when it is their debut novel.

      I think it is easier to get a ‘feel’ for the book, if you can see the author who has written it and get to know them a little better. It is always the first thing I do when choosing in a bookshop ….synopsis, then author profile, before reading the first few lines.

      I realise that it just wouldn’t make a feasible size post, if I had a large mailbox each week like some of the bloogers out there, however it seems to work well for me.

      Have a great week.

    • Hi Cheryl,

      Welcome to Fiction Books and thanks for stopping by today. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      I hadn’t come across this book until Rachel contacted me with a review request. I was immediately intrigued by the storyline, which sent shivers and chills down my spine, just contemplating the sheer barbarity of it.

      I have since checked out what early readers are saying about ‘The Medea Complex’ and I have to say that reviews have been a little mixed. I am of the belief however, that reviews can be very subjective, as each individual will find different elements within a story to either like or dislike, so I prefer to try and keep an open mind and ‘tell it as I see it!’

      Have a great week.

  • It’s amazing to me how easy it was to commit someone to an asylum back then – especially if that someone was a woman. This book appeals to me because it’s based on a true story. Have a great week, Yvonne!

    • Hi Kathy,

      I am generally not one for memoirs, however fiction based on fact is a whole different ball game, especially when the subject matter is something so contentious, as the barbaric way in which, women in particular, were treated back in Victorian times.

      The book’s synopsis has prompted me to do a little research of my own and some of the discoveries and case studies I have found documented, have been truly appalling and difficult to read, in what we laughingly call a civilised society!

      Thanks for taking such an active part in the discussion, I always value your comments.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Doesn’t it sound just amazing?

      I know that some of the reviews have not been exactly glowing, however I prefer to make my own judgement about a book and author, based on my personal reading experience. So whilst reviews are a useful indication and aid, they are not the ‘be all and end all’ for me.

      Knowing how you don’t read e-books, I see that ‘The Medea Complex’ is also available as a print copy, so your local library may be able to get hold of a copy for you.

      It is worth getting your hands on a print copy, just to check out the cover!

      Thanks for taking the time to check out today’s post, I value your comments.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, however I do enjoy a good psychological thriller, so combine the two together and it sounds like a pretty good recipe for success, as far as I’m concerned.

      Even from reading fiction and subsequently relating it to factual events, I am finding more and more just how cruel and judgemental we, as so called civilised societies, were and still very much are.

      The treatment of women in general, in Victorian times in particular, was appalling and beggared belief. I sometimes bemoan the liberal, unconventional and often downright solacious behaviour I witness today, however to go back to those totally barbaric, almost inhumane conditions, would be completely unthinkable.

      I am looking forward with interest to Rachel’s take on this particular event in history.

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visit and have a good week.

    • Hi Gautami,

      Definitely an intriguing look into the past with this book, I’m thinking.

      I am certain that ‘fact will be proved stranger than fiction’, if my research into the way Victorian women were treated, is anything to go by.

      An excellent historical psychological thriller by the sounds of things and I hope that you enjoy it, if you decide to read it.

      Have a great 2014 and thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Peggy,

      This book is almost as gruesome sounding as ‘Love Story, With Murders’, although in a very different way. Both stories have a very real and human element of suffering to them and both deal with mental health issues, albeit in a different time era and with totally diverse outcomes and consequences.

      Both are must read stories for me.

      Thanks for stopping by and playing catch up with Malbox Monday. It is always good to share new finds and hope that others find them as interesting as I do.

    • Hi Leslie,

      Thank you so much for the mention on ‘Books That Caught Our Eye’, I appreciate it and I hope that this great new post will be successful.


      Thank you for all your hard work each week, to help keep ‘Mailbox Monday’ going and I hope that now there is a permanent place for everyone to leave their links each week, that it will go from strength to strength.

      I am hoping that ‘The Medea Complex’ lives up to the high expectations I have from it, as there really is nothing to beat a good psychological thriller.

      Enjoy the rest of your week.

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