When She Was Bad
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?).