When She Was Bad

The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Read - Bev Blaauw

Jonathan Na­saw (Si­mon & Schus­ter) Ver­dict // Chill­ing but ab­so­lutely fas­ci­nat­ing. Two young peo­ple suf­fer­ing from Dis­so­cia­tive Iden­tity Dis­or­der meet in a men­tal in­sti­tu­tion where it is hoped Lily will be cured. The boy, Lyssy, ap­pears nor­mal but has mur­dered so his only fu­ture is gaol or worse. They es­cape and, just to cre­ate more ten­sion, both keep chang­ing ‘al­ters’ so that nei­ther they, nor the doc­tor try­ing to help them, know whether they are deal­ing with the gen­tle or ag­gres­sive per­son­al­i­ties. Pro­moted as a psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller, and rightly so, it holds in­ter­est be­cause of the au­thor’s ob­vi­ous knowl­edge of the psy­chi­atric con­di­tion of peo­ple like Lyssy and Lily (or should that be Max and Lola? Or Kinch and Lilithe?).

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