Anne Buist

Anne Buist

Melbourne, Victoria

Anne Buist is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and has over 25 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry. She works with Protective Services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. She has written three psychological thrillers with heroine forensic psychiatrist, Natalie King, and co-authored with husband Graeme Simsion, a mature age starting again, Rom-Com.

Crime, Mystery, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Suspense, Thriller & Suspense, Women Sleuths

Medea's Curse: Natalie King, Forensic Psychiatrist

Forensic psychiatrist Natalie King works with victims and perpetrators of violent crime. Women with a history of abuse, mainly. She rides a Ducati a size too big and wears a tank top a size too small. Likes men but doesn’t want to keep one. And really needs to stay on her medication. Now she’s being stalked. Anonymous notes, threats, strangers loitering outside her house. A hostile former patient? Or someone connected with a current case? Georgia Latimer—charged with killing her three children. Travis Hardy—deadbeat father of another murdered child, with a second daughter now missing. Maybe the harassment has something to do with Crown Prosecutor Liam O’Shea—drop-dead sexy, married and trouble in all kinds of ways. Natalie doesn’t know. Question is, will she find out before it’s too late? Anne Buist, herself a leading perinatal psychiatrist, has created an edge-of-the-seat mystery with a hot new heroine—backed up by a lifetime of experience with troubled minds. Anne Buist is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. She has over twenty-five years’ clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry, and works with protective services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. Professor Buist is married to novelist Graeme Simsion and has two children. Her novels featuring forensic psychiatrist Natalie King are Medea’s Curse, Dangerous to Know and This I Would Kill For. ‘A proper plot-twisting page-turner...I was completely gripped.’ Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth is Missing ‘A harrowing and thrilling read, this mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat.’Buzzfeed, Best Australian Books of 2015 ‘Buist gives the reader a plot that is original and believable, with more than one twist to keep the reader guessing to the end…This thought-provoking psychological thriller will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned. A brilliant read.’ BookMooch ‘A psychological thriller with all the ingredients.’ Jennifer Byrne, Australian Women’s Weekly ‘Crime novels and thrillers depend on strong investigators whose idiosyncrasies make them distinctive and attractively flawed. Melburnian Anne Buist has ticked these boxes with her creation, Natalie King.’ Herald Sun ‘Forensic psychologist Natalie King is not your average heroine nor is Medea’s Curse a predictable by-the-numbers thriller…An intelligent, thought-provoking tale.’ Courier-Mail ‘Medea’s Curse is a gripping ride of crime and tension, with a Lisbeth Salander-like lead roaring through danger and intrigue at a million miles an hour.’ Adelaide Advertiser ‘Buist has used her twenty-five years’ experience in perinatal psychiatry to good effect in her first psychological thriller…King is a lively new character with a good mix of appealing characteristics and interesting flaws.’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘An effective and engaging crime novel, that handles its issues compassionately, builds tension well and has a fascinating, flawed protagonist. It will be interesting to see what Anne Buist (and Natalie King) do next.’ Aust Crime Fiction

Dangerous to Know: Natalie King, Forensic Psychiatrist

A thrilling read that will have you on the edge of your seat.’ Buzzfeed Natalie King is back: back from a stay on the psych ward. Her reluctance to live a quiet life has contributed to a severe depressive episode, and now it’s time for a retreat to the country. A borrowed house on the Great Ocean Road; a low-key research job at a provincial university nearby. But Natalie and trouble have a strange mutual fascination. Her charismatic new boss Frank is friendly, even attractive. But it turns out his pregnant wife is an old enemy of Natalie’s. And when Frank’s tragic personal history is revealed—then reprised in the most shocking way—Natalie finds herself drawn deep into a mystery. And even deeper into danger. Anne Buist is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. She has over twenty-five years’ clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry, and works with protective services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. Professor Buist is married to novelist Graeme Simsion and has two children. Her novels featuring forensic psychiatrist Natalie King are Medea’s Curse, Dangerous to Know and This I Would Kill For. ‘[Dangerous to Know is] satisfying and twisty.’ PS News ‘Full of authenticity and gravitas.’ Daily Telegraph ‘An excellent thriller writer who delivers great psychological insights.’ Mark Roberts ‘Keeps the reader guessing to the very last page.’ Lisa Hall ‘A plot-twisting page-turner…I was completely gripped.’ Emma Healey ‘An intelligent, well-paced thriller.’ Adrian McKinty

This I Would Kill For: Natalie King, Forensic Psychiatrist (Natalie King Series)

Psychiatrist Natalie King is the expert witness in a vicious child custody battle, and the stakes are high. Getting it wrong means handing a child over to an abuser—or depriving that child of the only father she knows. Is Jenna gaming the system, or is her ex-husband Malik as dangerous as she suggests? How can Natalie best protect the child? And now that Natalie’s pregnant—and still unsure of the child’s paternity—how is a growing preoccupation with her own lost father affecting her judgment? Court dramas, cultural clashes and media backlash create an explosive mixture that forces Natalie to make life and death choices. How far will a parent go to keep—or save—their child? Anne Buist is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. She has over twenty-five years’ clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry, and works with protective services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. Professor Buist is married to novelist Graeme Simsion and has two children. Her novels featuring forensic psychiatrist Natalie King are Medea’s Curse, Dangerous to Know and This I Would Kill For. ‘The strength of this crime novel by Professor Anne Buist, Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, lies in its exploration of the workings of the Family Court and its experts…This book should come with a warning: you may never be able to look at your own children’s drawings in the same way again.’ Age ‘Buist, chair of mental health at the University of Melbourne, is deeply versed in the institutional, legal and emotional implications of such a case. She has crafted a skilled and multi-layered procedural, one that is more about psychological than criminal matters, although their intersection is inevitable and crucial…Buist has given us a three-­dimensional heroine and richly imagined scenes of conflict in public and private. Most of these disputes are managed within legal bounds. Buist’s insights into the enmities and frustrations of bodies bound to help children are sharp.’ Australian ‘Buist gives the reader a plot that is original and believable, with more than one twist to keep the reader guessing right up to a heart-stopping climax. Her expertise in the mental health field is apparent in every paragraph…Buist is certainly setting the bar high for her next literary foray: this one has to be her best yet.’ BookMooch ‘When psychiatrist Natalie King is asked to be an expert witness in a custody battle between Jenna and Malik for their daughter Chelsea, it’s the kind of low-key thing she’s interested in now that she’s pregnant…Anne Buist, Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, lays bare the emotional carnage of these battles in this harrowing thriller.’ Readings ‘Forensic psychiatrist Natalie King is not your average heroine nor is Medea’s Curse a predictable by-the-numbers thriller…An intelligent, thought-provoking tale.’ Courier Mail on Medea’s Curse ‘Buist brings her considerable experience as a perinatal psychiatrist to bear in this novel, giving it authenticity and gravitas.’ Daily Telegraph on Medea’s Curse ‘An intelligent thriller.’ Who Weekly on Medea’s Curse ‘A harrowing and thrilling read, this mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat.’ Buzzfeed, Best Australian Books of 2015 on Medea’s Curse

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