LJ Ross: Bedlam

This review is written with thanks to Julian Holmes at WF Howes for my copy of the audiobook version of Bedlam.

Blurb:

In a world gone mad, who can you trust?

Fresh from a high-profile case in the Paris fashion world, elite forensic psychologist and criminal profiler Dr Alexander Gregory receives a call from the FBI. The wife of a notorious criminal has been admitted to a private psychiatric hospital and can no longer testify in his upcoming trial. Without her, their case will collapse but, amidst reports that the staff are as unpredictable as their patients, who can the police trust?

In desperation, they turn to an outsider and now Gregory must find the courage to step inside the fortified walls of Buchanan Hospital to uncover the truth. The question is, will he ever be the same again?

Murder and mystery are peppered with dark humour in this fast-paced thriller set amidst the spectacular Catskill Forest.

Review:

I enjoyed both Impostor and Hysteria, but Bedlam is my favourite in the series. Set in a psychiatric hospital overlooking the mountains, there is immediately a sense of foreboding and I was sucked into this story and found it so hard to let go.

This is the third time we have met Alexander Gregory, and the situation in Bedlam means that we are able to see yet another side to him. I felt able to connect emotionally with him and feel his sadness, frustration and anger as the novel progressed.

As with the other novels in the series, Bedlam shines a light on some mental health conditions. I found this aspect of the novel completely fascinating and I enjoyed learning more. Ross also highlights the thin line between being mentally ill and mentally well and this really resonated with me.

There are lots of twists in Bedlam and I loved the surprises that came up along the way and kept me totally engaged in the story.

Bedlam is narrated by Richard Armitage. Although I am sad that there is no video option for this book, I really enjoyed his narration and his characterisation. The narration adds to the intense atmosphere of this novel.

Bedlam is available from Amazon.

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