09 Jul 2011 No Comments
On the morning after Sigmund Freud arrives in New York on his first – and only – visit to the United States, a stunning debutante is found bound and strangled in her penthouse apartment, high above Broadway. The following night, another beautiful heiress, Nora Acton, is discovered tied to a chandelier in her parents’ home, viciously wounded and unable to speak or to recall her ordeal. Soon Freud and his American disciple, Stratham Younger, are enlisted to help Miss Acton recover her memory, and to piece together the killer’s identity. It is a riddle that will test their skills to the limit, and lead them on a thrilling journey – into the darkest places of the city, and of the human mind.
WINNER Galaxy British Book Awards Best Read
Although this book promises to be an enthralling read, it doesn’t leave up to its expectations for the following reasons. Firstly, it gets into many psychological definitions and discussions which were not so easy to understand. Then, there is no protagonist to identify with, which made it hard to connect with any of the characters. When the author brought in a different character with it, I had to go a little backwards to refresh my memory. Also, I could not link detective’s Littlemore findings to the plot which it actually did not help me to understand how the story is going to end. Lastly, a good part of the book and especially the ending turns into a funny soap opera in my opinion. The author tries to create an unexpected ending but, unfortunately, the result is lack of common sense. It is a novel that will strongly appeal to students and fans of psychology.
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