A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt

Book blurb…

In 1907 New York, a psychiatrist must prove her patient’s innocence—or risk being implicated in a shocking murder

“Do no harm” is easier said than done…

Dr. Genevieve Summerford prides herself on her ability as a psychiatrist to understand the inner workings of the human mind. But when one of her patients is arrested for murder—a murder Genevieve fears she may have unwittingly provoked—she begins to doubt her training and intuition. Unable to believe that her patient could have committed the gruesome crime, Genevieve seeks out answers, desperate to clear the woman’s name—and her own.

Over the course of her investigation, Genevieve uncovers a dark secret—one that could, should Genevieve choose to reveal it, bring down catastrophe on those she cares most about. But, should she let it lie, it will almost certainly send her patient to the electric chair. Steeped in the gritty atmosphere of turn-of-the-century New York City, A Deadly Affection is a riveting debut mystery and the first in an exciting new series featuring Dr. Genevieve Summerford.

My thoughts… 

A Deadly Affection is a once-read, never-forgotten read.  A debut? Really? Then maybe this author was writing in a previous life because everything about this novel is masterfully and mesmerisingly plotted and told. A fantastic read.

Normally I pride myself on being able to figure out who the vilan is in the books I read, however this proved difficult. Every time I came to a conclusion it was swept away with the next possibility, until an ending I did not see coming.

This story is so complex yet easy to read and the setting put me so brilliantly in the picture I could see and feel New York in winter.  As a book club read this story will garner so much discussion you are advised to allocate more time.

Review also placed on Goodreads

 

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About Jeannette

I'm living the dream, reading my way around this country and living in a 5th wheeler caravan.
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