This looked a really interesting book. It is set in New York in 1909, around the time of Sigmund Freud, and also the time of the creation of several famous New York structures. The main character/investigator is one of Freud’s colleagues, called Stratham Younger. After one murder is committed and another attempted, which results in the victim losing her memory, Younger is called in to use his psychological training to bring back the victim’s memory so she can reveal details about her attacker.

I enjoyed the psychological aspects of the book, and the theories put forward, particularly about Hamlet. There was also plenty of action and edge-of-the-seat tension, (particularly far below the river in the support towers for Manhattan Bridge – I think I barely breathed for that whole section!).

The book reminded me of another I had read, set in a similar time and with the main character echoing Freud’s theories; Mortal Mischief by Frank Tallis.

I raced through the majority of the book, thoroughly enjoying it, but I found the revealing of the murderer and the plot quite a disappointment. It all seemed overly complicated and a bit messy really – but maybe it was just me not getting it!

/ 9780755331420 / English literature / Engels / English / Anglais / Englisch / paperback / 13 x 20 cm / 533 .pp /
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