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This I Would Kill For - Anne Buist

Paperback Published: 29th January 2018
ISBN: 9781925603231
Number Of Pages: 352

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Natalie King has been hired to do a psychiatric evaluation for the children’s court. A custody dispute. Not her usual territory, but now that she’s pregnant she’s happy to do a simple consult.

Jenna and Malik’s break-up is anything but simple. He claims she’s crazy and compulsive; she claims he’s been abusing their daughter Chelsea.

But what if all the claims are true? Or none? How can Natalie protect the child? And how does she work out where her concerns for Chelsea slide into her growing obsession with her own lost father?

More urgently: with both parents saying they’re desperate to keep their daughter safe - what if one of them is desperate enough to kill?

About the Author

Anne Buist is the Chair of Women's Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. She has over twenty-five years' clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry, and works with protective services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. Professor Buist is married to novelist Graeme Simsion and has two children. Her novels featuring forensic psychiatrist Natalie King are Medea's Curse and Dangerous to Know.

Industry Reviews

`When psychiatrist Natalie King is asked to be an expert witness in a custody battle between Jenna and Malik for their daughter Chelsea, it's the kind of low-key thing she's interested in now that she's pregnant...Anne Buist, Chair of Women's Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, lays bare the emotional carnage of these battles in this harrowing thriller.' * Readings *
`Buist gives the reader a plot that is original and believable, with more than one twist to keep the reader guessing right up to a heart-stopping climax. Her expertise in the mental health field is apparent in every paragraph...Buist is certainly setting the bar high for her next literary foray: this one has to be her best yet.' * BookMooch *
`Forensic psychiatrist 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 on Medea's Curse *
`Buist brings her considerable experience as a perinatal psychiatrist to bear in this novel, giving it authenticity and gravitas.' * Daily Telegraph on Medea's Curse *
`An intelligent thriller.' * Who Weekly on Medea's Curse *
`A harrowing and thrilling read, this mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat.' * Buzzfeed, Best Australian Books of 2015 on Medea's Curse *
`The strength of this crime novel by Professor Anne Buist, Chair of Women's Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, lies in its exploration of the workings of the Family Court and its experts...This book should come with a warning: you may never be able to look at your own children's drawings in the same way again.' * Sydney Morning Herald *
`Buist, chair of mental health at the University of Melbourne, is deeply versed in the institutional, legal and emotional implications of such a case. She has crafted a skilled and multi-layered procedural, one that is more about psychological than criminal matters, although their intersection is inevitable and crucial...Buist has given us a three--dimensional heroine and richly imagined scenes of conflict in public and private. Most of these disputes are managed within legal bounds. Buist's insights into the enmities and frustrations of bodies bound to help children are sharp.' * Australian *
`Buist uses her own professional knowledge to present a highly-charged situation of suspected child abuse, differing cultural norms in raising children and relationships between the range of professionals involved...There is highly insightful and succinctly presented description and explanation of the pitfalls in such a case, where supporting a suspected abuser may result in a dangerous custody decision. The interweaving of individuals characters, their fears and motivations and their strategies to gain the results they seek makes for suspenseful and compelling reading...A book for the adventurous reader.' * Otago Daily Times *
`A] well-informed, fast-paced look at the dangers in the child welfare system.' * Kirkus Reviews *

another brilliant read


This I Would Kill For is the third book in the Natalie King, Forensic Psychiatrist series by Australian psychiatrist and author, Professor Anne Buist. As it follows on almost directly from Dangerous To Know with many characters in common and minimal recap, readers will do well to read both earlier books first. Having prepared what should have been a routine psychiatric evaluation in a custody case, forensic psychiatrist Natalie King is dismayed to find herself in court when the mother, Jenna Radford complicates matters with a claim against her ex, Malik Essa, of the sexual abuse of her eight-year-old daughter, Chelsea. Natalie's qualifications have the magistrate involving her even more deeply in the case. As it becomes quickly clear that Jenna will lie whenever it suits her purpose, Natalie is faced with several questions: is the abuse real, or a fabrication? If so, is Malik the abuser? If not, then who? Knowing that Chelsea's safety and happiness are at stake, Natalie has to tread carefully. Natalie's personal life distracts her from the case: newly pregnant, her baby's paternity is yet to be established, and interactions with the potential fathers are, to say the least, spirited. And is it her pregnancy, or the case, that is making her revisit the mystery of her own father's identity? Against the backdrop of the Royal Commission into Child Abuse, Buist's tale demonstrates how some of the players deciding a child's custody may have their own agendas, be they political correctness and being seen to do the right thing, or keeping to a budget and staying under the media radar. The far-reaching effects of opinion pieces in print media, and reaction on social media as racial and religious prejudices are aired, are also shown as Natalie temporarily enters the Twittersphere. This instalment develops an already fascinating character by expand her backstory: pregnancy adds another dimension and, without her motorcycle and her booze, Natalie gets her kicks from d



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ISBN: 9781925603231
ISBN-10: 1925603237
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 29th January 2018
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.3  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.49

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