A Deadly Affection

A Deadly Affection

by Cuyler Overholt
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A Deadly Affection 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book - couldn't put it down. Interesting, well thought out story, realistic characters and a great ending pushed this novel to 5 stars for me. I'm looking forward to another book from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite reads... very tasteful "whodunnit" with an interesting love story woven in.  I usually don't care for period pieces, but this story is not a typical 1900's tale.  It has components of mystery, tragedy, familial turmoil, social status, mental illness, and lost love.  But I my favorite thing is that the main character is an intelligently strong, educated young woman who wants to pursue medicine and life on her own terms.  In order to clear her patient's name, she needs to solve a murder.  Because she is a WOMAN of "new medicine", she isn't taken seriously... by anyone.  So she takes matters into her own hands. 
librarianwannabeAZ More than 1 year ago
This was so well written!  A woman doctor, mental illness, early 1900s New York and its society, family relationships kept me involved and anxious to see what happened next. I really enjoyed this book and hope there is another one by Overholt coming out soon!!
Anonymous 4 months ago
I loved this book and everything about it. The characters, the setting, the plot....everything. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
nhr3bookcrazyNR 5 months ago
I very much enjoyed this book. I loved the setting of 1907 New York, and I loved the main characters of Genevieve Summerford and Simon Shaw. I will definitely be reading future books by this author. I look forward to more in this series.
Anonymous 12 months ago
I really enjoyed this book, looking forward to the second.
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
How would I describe A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt? A Lifetime Movie set in turn of the century NYC, but with a bit more meat on its bones. Almost immediately I was drawn to the main character, Genevieve Summerford, a recent graduate of medical school looking to make waves in the world of psychiatry via group therapy. Genevieve goes against the modern conventions of her time. She’s an educated woman who balks at the boxes society wishes to place her in which happens to get her into a bit a trouble as she gets more and more involved in the life of one of patients. I identified with Genevieve’s desire to make her mark in the world while trying to remain true to her family. Her discovery that her life in the upper crust of society has protected her from the grittier side of life opens her up and adds dimension and of course, conflict, in her life that she wasn’t expecting. It is at this intersection that A Deadly Affection shines. Overholt wastes no time throwing the mystery out there in the first chapter—babies of poor women given up for adoption unwillingly. And from there the story is off and running. There are more twists and turns in this novel than I expected. The minute I THOUGHT I had the mystery solved, another twist was thrown into the mix which left me (and Genevieve) a bit flummoxed. For me as a reader, I enjoyed the multiple mysteries (murder and medical) and ethical dilemmas presented throughout the story as there was never a dull moment. Cuyler Overholt knowns how weave a multi-dimensional mysteries with fully realized relatable characters. Readers who enjoy stories involving strong women and fans of mysteries should definitely check out A Deadly Affection.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Cuyler Overholt that I have read and I can't wait for more in this series. I love Dr. Genevieve Summerford. This takes place in the early 1900's and she is a psychiatrist. She wants to treat women who have problems. During her first tries in a group setting she meets a woman who is soon accused of murder. Did Genevieve cause her to commit murder or is she innocent. Genevieve feels she must help Eliza. During this story there are many twists and turns and Genevieve learns some great life lessons. I received this book from Sourcebooks publicity department for a fair and honest opinion.
JBFCCMd More than 1 year ago
A Deadly Affection is terrific! In her debut novel, Cuyler Overholt has crafted a captivating mystery abundant with adrenaline-surging twists. The characters, historic setting, context and details were vivid. Being so well-written and swiftly-paced, this is a smooth and absorbing read. Not knowing otherwise, I’d have thought it was the product of a seasoned author. As I expect every reader will be, I’m eagerly looking forward to Dr. Summerford’s next yarn.
ScotsLass More than 1 year ago
In A Deadly Affection author Cuyler Overholt begins a new series that is a must read murder mystery. Dr Genevieve Summerford is a young, newly educated doctor practicing in the emerging field of psychotherapy. She comes from a well to do family and has enjoyed the benefits of such an upbringing but now feels the call to help women suffering from physical maladies by treating their past emotional pains. Her treatment plans are met with much uncertainty by others, especially by her father who would like her to practice more acceptable types of medicine. Genna is a strong willed woman; use to fighting her way along but also desperately seeks the acceptance of her father. On the first meeting of her study group, she meets Elizabeth Miner who is suffering from the loss of her son. However, Genna finds out she is also suffering from the earlier loss of an infant daughter who was taken from her by Dr. Hauptfuhrer and given up for adoption. She encourages Eliza to confront the doctor and ask for more information on Joy, the daughter. The next day Genna is surprised to find the doctor dead and Eliza arrested for the murder in what appears to be an open and shut case. What follows is a roller coaster ride as Genna, convinced that Eliza is innocent and afraid of her possible role in the murder, races to find the real killer. The author sets the stage in 1907 New York with characters from amongst the wealthy Astor and Vanderbilt type families and contrasts them with the tenement living immigrants. With statements like “ Higher education enlarges the brain and stunted the bodies of female students” the general differences between men and women held at that time are well developed. Breaking through these false barriers took strong women with stronger wills to break out of their acceptable roles and Genna is portrayed as one of these women. The setting and locations are also described in detail making it easy to identify with the time period. With plots and subplots, twists and turns along the way, secrets kept and secrets revealed, this was one of the best mysteries I’ve read lately. It kept me guessing until the end when all the loose ends are tied up nicely. I look forward to more mysteries involving Dr.Genevieve Summerford by Cuyler Overholt and hope that I don’t have to wait too long.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This was a good book which I enjoyed for the most part. I do have to say that there was a lot of medical jargon explaining different diseases that made my eyes glaze over that I had to skip over. Other than that, it was a pretty good book. A young woman trying to break into the field of psychology (unheard of before) and trying a new thing which included group therapy. She may have swayed her first client the wrong way as she is arrested for murder. However, that is just the beginning of the story. The twists and turns that come after that are both unseen and jaw dropping. If you can overlook the pages of medical jargon (or read it if that's your thing) I would say this is definitely one to read. Thanks Sourcebooks and Net Galley for providing me with an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting to read about womens lives only 100+ years ago.an realize how much we have and have not changed
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BonitaBarb More than 1 year ago
This was a good read.  The twists and turns kept your interest going all the way through.  It is easy to forget what women had to go through in the not so distant past in order to be recognized in their chosen field.  She manages to follow her dreams and maintain  her status as a lady, not an easy undertaking in the 1900's. I am looking forward to more work from this author.
piratelady62 More than 1 year ago
Slow in the beginning, but interesting read after all.
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Excellent!! Compares to the quality of  Anne Perry's books!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book! Want to read more of this author's work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overholt delivers! In the early 1900's women are expected to marry well and have children. Women were discouraged from a great education, to vote and disagree with their fathers and men in general. A special lady is not discouraged by this. She becomes a doctor, helps the poor and even does brillant detective work! This book left me wanting more!
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