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Plagued with strange memory gaps, Charlotte wants her life back, even if someone has to die for her to get it. She has tried so hard to be what Gregory wanted her to be, and yet still he doesn't love her. Pregnant, miserable, and knowing she is being betrayed by the one person she had left to rely on, she promises herself that she will do whatever it takes.

She must learn
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Paperback, 1, 300 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Michelle Muckley (first published April 27th 2014)
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Emily
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Strange story. Serious mind fuck with all the twists and turns. The thing is, I didn't feel like I was enjoying it at all. There are a few things that really bother me about it. I'd mention them but I don't want to give any spoilers. The beginning is a little slow, but then it picks up. The ending was kind of frustrating, but it is what it is. I felt anger, I felt pity, sadness. I couldn't put this book down. I honestly have no idea if I should recommend this book or not. Yeah, go ahead, it's a ...more
Kittie
Muddled writing and tense shifts so severe it was like reading the book during a literary earthquake, this book has some intriguing moments, mostly spoiled by poor pacing. I don't have a proper take away feeling from this book other than a simmering disappointment. Whatever the point of the story was supposed to have been was lost in our main character's severe mental illness, which is never truly explained. We are left to think it was caused by a botched suicide attempt, but we're never really ...more
Hannah
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this from a giveaway the author had on Booklikes.

This sounded so unique and interesting, I have never read anything remotely like this.

The story is about a woman, Charlotte, who is recovering from memory loss and psychosis she is pregnant and thinks her husband Gregory is having an affair. This is quite a disturbing story where you really get into Charlotte's mind and explore her dark thoughts.

The writing is great and very descriptive, I found it really captivating i
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Elaine Maynard
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
After plodding through pages and pages of Charlottes crippling OCD handwashing, mouth rinsing and baby wipe use a proper ending would have been good. However we're just left with nothing, no resolution, no explanations and in a way it feels like we're at the beginning of a story not the end. Very frustrating.
Just Deborah
Oct 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Psychological Thriller Review

No I am so sorry but just no.
A disturbing psychological thriller?
Absolutely no.
- based on the humble and possibly inaccurate musings of a lowly reader with a doctorate in Psychology
Paulette San pedro
Aug 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
annoying book. Couldn't even finish it
Nora Black
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC free from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Psychophilia, by Michelle Muckley is structured around a woman recovering from memory loss and psychosis. She is pregnant, and very excited to be so, but her husband has recently seemed to lose interest in her. She is afraid that he is having an affair with their, altogether too perfect, Japanese maid, Ishiko. She wants her husband's affection back, and secretly imagines murdering her beautiful young maid.
Michelle's writing
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Jessica
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: indie-authors
I don't know how to feel about this one!

I thought I would be giving this book 4 stars, right up until the end.

I enjoyed most of the story. Perhaps "enjoy" is the wrong word, because it's actually a pretty depressing (ha, ha) story. Another reviewer used the word bleak to describe it, and I think that fits perfectly.

Rather, I appreciated much of the story. I admire the style of the book, how the MC's mental illness made you realize right up front that she was likely an unreliable narrator, leavi
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Sheri
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Psychophilia by Michelle Muckley

Pregnant Charlotte is suffering from memory loss. She knows what she is blocking out is something life altering, disruptive and disturbing. She needs to find out what happened, why she can't remember? What is she blocking out and why? She feels betrayed by her husband George, she doesn't know who to trust, she just wants her life back.

A dark dramatic psychological story filled with secrets, lies & betrayal. Charlotte is troubled but likable. Written from her p
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Monica
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Charlotte is insane, at least that seems to be what everyone around her thinks. She doesn't seem to fit in her life. She isn't sure she's ever quite fit. Since her "accident," aka suicide attempt, she's missing a good portion of memory. What is reality? What is madness? Can she ever find out?

An intricate and intense narrative drives characters and readers through this world of potential madness. Due to the point of view, at times, there is an almost claustrophobic sensation as the lead character
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Angela Fleischmann
Weird

Weird

This book is slow and at times, hard to follow. I don't feel like I know the whole story behind the characters even after finishing the book. I honestly can't recommend this book because I think it is all over the place and I wouldn't call it a "Thriller" at all.
Brenda Roberson
Aug 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Sorry to say this is another that just didn't grab my interest within the first 5 chapters. Some of this kind of book I can understand why it is free, it just doesn't sell.
Randi Kerr
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well. Huh. Speechless. That pretty much sums it up.
Joyce Klipsch farrow
Nov 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
God awful rubbish..... Not sure why I finished it.....
Patricia Reding
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a writer myself, I know the sacrifices authors make to bring their work to others. There are the untold thousands of hours creating, planning, and perfecting their stories. There are the many hours and dollars spent to format, cover, and promote. Without listing all the expenses, there also are, of course, the lost potential revenues that might otherwise have helped the author recoup some of his expenses. These come when the author gives away copies, with the hope that readers will enjoy and ...more
Anika
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*SPOILER ALERT*

By me giving this book 2 starts it could be a stretch. The first 80% was a running life of a crazy person. Apparently Charolette tried to kill herself and since the recovery her memories have been filled in by her husband and what other people tell her. The story is kinda boring. In the first 80% she befriends the mistress next door and her goal was to kill her but make it look like she killed herself when she realized that the man she's been dreaming about becoming hers and thus
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Sophie David
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a quietly brooding sinister tale that unfolded slowly and precisely with measured actions that left me feeling quite disconcerted in parts. Charlotte was a brilliantly complex character that seemed so detached from her surroundings that it almost felt like there was a cloud hovering over me as I read it. She was living in such a bleak world that she drew me in too. I found myself thinking how unbearable it must be to live an empty life like that with no love, no affection, and a scarily ...more
Cecile Sune
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-read
Back in July 2014, Michelle Muckley wrote a guest post on my blog on Being Adaptable as a writer, and I finally got the chance to read her book, Psychophilia. It is the story of Charlotte Astor, a 32-year-old real estate agent, who has just tried to commit suicide. Because she lost part of her memory, she doesn’t understand why her husband, Gregory, is so cold towards her, especially as she is pregnant. Soon, she realizes that he is having an affair with their beautiful housemaid, Ishiko. As she ...more
Bookish Brina
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Psychophilia by Michelle Muckley -I received this book from the author in a giveaway on Booklikes-
 
 Charlotte has had an ‘accident’; the problem is that she doesn’t remember what happened, or how she ended up being dragged from a lake as she was drowning.  She no longer remembers a lot of things about herself and her life.  She only knows what she is told by her husband, Gregory. 
 
Gregory is another problem.  He used to love Charlotte, but something has changed and she is stuck with a distant ma
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Leah Speller
I have had to sit back for a couple of days after finishing this book and try to figure out what it was that I just read. I am beginning to think perhaps psychological thriller's are not for me as this is not my first of this type of book.

I can tell you the main character was quite complex, especially in her way of thinking and the way the character saw those around her. There was a lot of self diagnosis, self doubt, and questioning wanting to know why what she expected was not happening. I can
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Rhea
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book last year but neglected to write a review. I'm sorry about that because I absolutely loved this book. I bought it because it promised a dark tale and it delivered. The novel was dark, disturbing and suspenseful. The characters were well-developed with depth and personality. Charlotte was an enigma throughout the whole book. I wasn't quite sure what was true and what was in her mind throughout the whole book. Psychophilia is very psychologically-minded with complex characters and ...more
Kim
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Psychophilia by Michelle Muckley

I received this book free through LibraryThing.

I loved this book and how it takes you into the mind of a person who isn't sure her mind is all hers. I felt it gave a very descriptive feel of how someone with a mental illness may perceive what is going on around them. Charlotte is searching for the truth behind her memory loss and why others around her seem to know more then she does about her own past. I would love to read a sequal to learn how Charlotte deals wi
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Sherri
Aug 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book was "free" on Amazon which should of been my first clue. It's very wordy and reiterates most of the same things happening to Charlotte over and over again. I figured out fairly early "the shocking twist" and knew where the ending was headed. Hoping I could be wrong I kept reading.

There is so many errors in editing it was annoying. I realize the author and phrases are from England but there were many actual missing words.

Honestly... unless you want to feel depressed, as if your readin
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Lisa
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bleak. Just . . . unrelentingly bleak. "Psychological thriller" is not a very apt description of the genre of this book. Mental illness can be scary, yes, but thrilling for the reader? Not this reader. It was sad. I'm giving it three stars because it was fairly well-written, obviously well-researched, and it did keep my interest to the end, although the first half of the book was really slow going. Many people have commented that the ending was unsatisfying or "off" somehow, but I disagree. I th ...more
Crystal w
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok this was interesting and different. You have to make sure you read so you don't miss anything. It makes you think and keeps you guessing until the very end. This girl tried committing suicide and can't remember alot of the past. She goes to a doctor and she suspects her husband is having an affair. Things just get crazier and crazier as the book goes on. It was a good read and will keep your interest throughout the book.
Rashmi Pant
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Charlotte is depressed, she has just survived a suicide attempt, in the process she loses her memory for the most part. She is clearly disturbed, finds her husband cheating with the maid and plots revenge. However, things get very murky. The presentation is not clear and along with Charlotte, I ended up being thoroughly confused. The demarcation between truth and psychosis is quite jumbled and logic slips, especially towards the end.
Kristi
Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This book had a truly crazy (she would concur) narrator. Even after finishing the book you are not sure what happened here. My true rating would be 2.5 stars but I decided to give it the 3 because it was very complex and layered in the narrative. Another freebie/cheapie - I decided to read it now because after The Girl on the Train I wanted something a little dark and psychologically oriented - boy did this fit the bill.
Joyce Robbins
Twisted, pretentious and boring

Twisted, pretentious and boring

I hate leaving books unfinished. sometimes I will just go to the end of the book and endear myself to a character that way, as long as they're not going to be killed off at the end. this book was so dry and lifeless, nothing g could help. The story was so convoluted it wasn't wort getting the reader emotionally involved.
Katie Mcalpine
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
It took a long time to even figure out what was happening. Not sure I would call it a thriller. But the author does have a way of sucking you in. I'm not even sure what happened at the end who did what? That was really frustrating like I wasted all this time to find out what happened and nothing. I'm still not sure.
I wish the author would add a epilogue to sum it up.
Mindy Houston
Sep 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In the time it took me to read this book, I read 33 other books (18 of those were graphic novels, but still).

I was bored silly until the last 4th of the book, then I zipped right through it. It was as if the first 3/4ths were there to torture me into hatefucking the last bit of it with my reading.

The books would make some good points if it weren't so incredibly tedious and self-absorbed.
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