THE DOCTOR’S DAUGHTER. A prominent psychiatrist’s daughter realises insanity can be found much closer to home when she unlocks secrets from the past that threaten to destroy her future.
It’s 1927, women have the right to vote and morals are slackening, but 23 year old Marta Rosenblit is not a typical woman of her time. She has little connection with her elder sisters, her mother has been detained in an asylum since Marta was born and she has spent her life being shaped as her father Arnold’s protégé. She is lost, unsure of who she is and who she wants to be. Primarily set in Vienna, this dark tale follows her journey of self-discovery as she tries to step out of her father’s shadow and find her identity in a man’s world. Her father’s friend Dr Leopold Kaposi is keen to help her make her name, but his interest is not purely professional and his motivations pose greater risks that she could possibly know.
Marta’s chance encounter in a café leads to a new friendship with young medical graduate Elise Saloman, but it soon turns out that Elise has some secrets of her own.
When Marta’s shock discovery about her family story coincides with her mother’s apparent suicide, Marta can’t take anymore. None of the people she has grown to love and trust are who they seem. Her professional plans unravel, her relationships are in tatters and her sanity is on the line – and one person is behind it all.
The Doctor’s Daughter is the first book I have read by this author.
For some reason I tend not to read many fiction stories set in this sort of time era but i really need to read more as I am obviously missing out.
Right from the start I was really intrigued, we meet two quite different women. Elisa, who from the very beginning seems a force to be reckoned with and Marta, who seems to be quite easily led and faces a few personal issues.
It may be set in the early part of the last century but the author has a great way of keeping the reader engaged in the story which as it unfolds I found quite disturbing in parts and certainly had a few twists in there as well. Due to the cover I must admit for some reason I didn’t have any high expectations of the book but this is a classic case of don’t judge the book by it’s cover as it is a lot better than I gave it credit for.
This is very unlike any other story I have read, especially for this sort of era. I didn’t like any of the male characters in the book, Marta’s father and Leopold are very pompous and pretentious. I think it is very much about girl power in this story especially in a time where it is very much a man’s world.
The Doctor’s Daughter is very well written and certainly took me by surprise, will certainly read more by this author.
Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.