Book Review Of “A Deadly Affection” By Cuyler Overholt

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“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 (From Amazon)

***I was contacted by Sourcebooks, to take part in the Blog Tour for “A Deadly Affection”, I received a free copy of the book, in exchange for an honest review.***

I love historical  fiction, I also love when they have historically accurate backgrounds. I thought that this book, written about a female psychologist, in 1907 (which all of that was very unheard of back then), who wanted to help women suffering from depression and mental illness, was an incredible premise of a book. I strongly believe we need more books on these topics. I was  drawn to the beautiful cover as well.

For the first 100 pages, I found myself taking a lot of breaks, and not being able to give 100% to the book. However, that quickly changed, and I became so engrossed in this WHODUNIT, that I could not put it down. I have never read, Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, or any of the other famous WHODUNIT style of books, So I am glad this was my first.

Just when I though, Genevieve, and myself had figured out the person responsible for the crime, my mind was totally blown away by the actual person who did it, and the reason behind it. It was definitely a plot twist I did not see coming. It was so fantastic!

Culyer Overholt, paints a picture so detailed, I can see New York City, back at the turn of the century, I can see the dresses, corsets, hairstyles, the horses,  and the motor coaches, vividly, I felt like I myself was living in this book. Incredible.

Bottom line, you guys need to read this book, I promise you, you will not regret it!

“You can’t keep someone completely safe, I said.
You only keep them from living if you try.”
Cuyler Overholt, A Deadly Affection