• Delirium

  • London Psychic, Book 2
  • By: J.F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Rosalind Ashford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Delirium

By: J.F. Penn
Narrated by: Rosalind Ashford
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“Those who the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.”

Devastated by grief after the death of her daughter, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke returns to investigate the murder of a prominent psychiatrist in the old hospital of Bedlam in London.

As she delves into the history of madness, museum researcher, Blake Daniel, helps with the case, only to discover that his own family is entwined with the shadowy forces that seek to control the minds of the mad.

As the body count rises, and those she loves are threatened, Jamie discovers that the tendrils of conspiracy wind themselves into the heart of the British government. Can she stop the killer before madness takes its ultimate revenge?

©2014 Joanna Penn (P)2014 Joanna Penn

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The history of psychiatry is filled with horror

Jamie is back to work, and Blake is the friend giving her space to work through her grief over the death of her daughter. Refer to the publisher's summary for clues without spoilers.
This tale brings forward the history of psychiatry, including some very uncomfortable truths, and shines a light on the resurgence of some of those treatments and dark attitudes. Woven into the fictional parts of this tale are some unusually clear insights into the perspective of the patient. There is real horror here, as there is far too much truth presented. Enjoy the exceptional writing and the interpersonal tale of these two damaged souls, but do not dismiss all of it as fiction. It is not. I have been a jail nurse; in the US, one fourth of our inmates are the truly mentally ill.
Once again, Rosalind gives an excellent performance and truly enhances the writer's brilliance.

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