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This I Would Kill For

(Natalie King, Forensic Psychiatrist #3)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Natalie King has been hired to do a psychiatric evaluation for the children’s court. A custody dispute. Not her usual territory, but now that she’s pregnant she’s happy to do a simple consult.

Turns out Jenna and Malik’s break-up is anything but simple. He claims she’s crazy and compulsive; she claims he’s been abusing their daughter Chelsea.

But what if all the claims are t
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Published January 29th 2018 by Text Publishing
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Linda Strong

Natalie King is a psychiatrist with personal issues. Diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder and having spent time in a mental health facility, she is now on medication and doing well. She generally counsels married couples, and it's really ironic that she is single, newly pregnant, either by a single cop or a married prosecutor.

She has been called to be an expert witness for a woman in a vicious child custody battle. One of her children is a young boy by her husband, the other is an 8-year-ol
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This I Would Kill For is the third book in the Natalie King, Forensic Psychiatrist series by Australian psychiatrist and author, Professor Anne Buist. As it follows on almost directly from Dangerous To Know with many characters in common and minimal recap, readers will do well to read both earlier books first.

Having prepared what should have been a routine psychiatric evaluation in a custody case, forensic psychiatrist Natalie King is dismayed to find herself in court when the mother, Jenna Rad
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‘A] well-informed, fast-paced look at the dangers in the child welfare system.’
Kirkus Reviews

‘Buist uses her own professional knowledge to present a highly-charged situation of suspected child abuse, differing cultural norms in raising children and relationships between the range of professionals involved…There is highly insightful and succinctly presented description and explanation of the pitfalls in such a case, where supporting a suspected abuser may result in a dangerous custody decision. T
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Give me a forensic psychiatrist or a psychologist as the main character and you’ve already got me on board! Buist has twenty-five years’ clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry, so you can be sure, the clinical side of this book is spot on. Most importantly it’s spot on in a way that the reader can understand, it isn’t riddled with jargon. It is so interesting from a clinical perspective though, and another novel that drew out the mental health nurse in me. Fans of A Good Enough ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, 2018-read
Nowadays I rarely read the Bible, but Anne Buist’s third book in the psychiatrist Natalie King series This I Would Kill For sent me digging out my battered King James version to refresh my memory of King Solomon. When two women appear before Solomon, both claiming to be mother of an infant, he calls for a sword. ‘Divide the living child in two, and give half to one and half to the other.’ The first woman begs to spare the child’s life and forfeits her claim. The other says, ‘Let it be neither th ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My full review on my website. ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first journey into the trials and tribulations of psychiatrist, Dr Natalie King, thanks to the generosity of the publishers in a Goodreads giveaway.
Dr King is drawn into a web of family drama with a battle between parents for their two children. What comes next is a series of doubt-riddled moments, with more twists and turns than a pretzel.
It took me a little brain work to catch up on the main characters’ backstories, but once I did I sprinted along with the plot.
Worth a read for
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘He wants to take my kids off me.’

Forensic psychiatrist Dr Natalie King has been hired to do an evaluation. This psychiatric evaluation is required for a custody dispute in a case before the children’s court. While this is not Natalie King’s usual area of work, she’s happy to do what should be a routine consultation now that she’s pregnant.

But there’s nothing routine about this case. Jenna Radford and Malik Essa each see the other as being the problem. Malik says that Jenna is crazy and compulsi
This is a series that started out with much promise, which alas hasn't been delivered in THIS I WOULD KILL FOR.

On the psychological thriller side of the equation, this was deeply unconvincing. A child abuser that was obvious from his first appearance, a central protagonist that's gone from a bit of a maverick to unprofessional, wilfully childish and tiresome; and a storyline balance heavily weighted towards too much of the personal, too much baby talk and enough fluff around the edges to make yo
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I'm a tiny bit conflicted by this book. On the one hand, I couldn't put it down, but on the other, I still can't find it in my heart to give it 5 stars. The action picked up quickly, and while the plot twists and turns kept me guessing, I would have preferred an actual reckoning, and for that matter, more of a resolution given one of the minor story lines in the book! But having said all that, I still did enjoy the series.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the third and latest book in the Natalie King series, and is much like the previous ones. A typically complex case for the troubled forensic psychologist - difficult judgements to make, lots of ins and outs to work through – and is a compelling and engaging psychological thriller that keeps the reader involved and guessing to the end. A good read.
Sandi Wallace
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
May 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Natalie King is a Forensic Psychiatrist who also has Bipolar Affective Disorder and is pregnant but unsure as to which of the two men in her life is the father. In addition, she is wondering about her own father’s identity. Against this muddled background Natalie is working as an Expert Witness and is tasked with producing a report regarding a case where a couple, Jenna and Malik, are fighting for custody of two children (Chris, Malik’s 3 year old son with Jenna, and Chelsea, Jenna’s 8 year old ...more
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Another book that really seemed to drag. I felt like the majority of the book could have been condensed or summarized much quicker. A Forensic psychologist, Natalie, is given the task of determining if a child is having assaulted after a mother makes a claim that her ex stepfather, who legally adopted her, was abusing her. The psychologist also has her own trauma resulting from being abandoned by her biological father even though she was raised by a kind stepfather as his own. Too complicated th ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I hoped for more - but the Twitter element in the book was annoying and unnecessary. More development of the characters without Twitter would have made it a better book. It was pretty easy to figure out the perpetrator and the failure of the protagonist to consider who it might be and why, was another annoying element. Also - a supposedly independent professional woman, albeit one who is bi polar, and who constantly takes her boyfriend's Lotus without asking. Really?
Who is left to admire in thi
Michelle Ryles
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys-read
This I Would Kill For is a relatively quick read as the story runs along at a surprisingly fast pace and I found myself jumping to my own conclusions. I was actually surprised to find that this is number 3 in a series, as it most definitely reads very well as a standalone; I certainly didn't experience any detrimental effect from not having read the earlier two books. In fact I felt intrigued enough by the main character of Natalie King to want to read the previous books, so that's always a good ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Legend Press in exchange for an honest review.

I am so pleased I requested this book! I don't think I have ever read a book similar to this and I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't realise it is the third in a series and while it is one of those detective-type series where you don't have to read the ones before it, there were still some rocky elements at the start which it took me a while to adjust to. However, after that I was completely hooked.

Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Text Publishing and the author for the free copy of this novel.

I’ve not read any of the author’s previous novels and was expecting more of a gruesome murder mystery, not this sympathetic and humanist look at a very difficult and unsettling topic; child abuse.

Natalie King is a forensic psychologist who is given the task of assessing an eight year old girl to determine if she’s being abused by her adoptive father. Natalie herself is dealing with mental illness and the consequences of one
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
“This I would Kill For” by Ann Buist is the third novel in a series, and I didn’t realise it. Luckily I was able to pick it up and step right into the story.

Synopsis - Psychiatrist Natalie King is the expert witness in a child contact matter in the Children’s Court. Getting it wrong means handing a child over to an abuser—or depriving that child of the only father she knows.

The book had a lot of analysis and exploration into child/adult behaviour, the theme being sexual abuse and trauma. The Roy
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Set in Australia, a pregnant psychiatrist confronts her own issues of parentage while serving as expert witness in a custody case where an immigrant father is accused of child abuse. It is a tangled web of characters: police detective/possible father of Natalie's baby, high profile prosecutor/love interest with a fancy car/going through a tough divorce , the secretive plaintiff and her always intoxicated mother, the manipulative defendant and his mother, the 2 children, Natalie's brother and his ...more
Christine Waslin
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
My husband and I heard Anne Buist speak at a book launch for “This I Would Kill For” and we found her life story a whole lot more fascinating than our reading of this book (although the actual topic we found interesting). She’s a wonderful and engaging speaker - very smart! For us, her immense intellect didn’t seem to transfer to this novel (we haven’t read any others at this stage)...perhaps she’s trying to appeal to a younger audience? We’ve passed the book onto our 30+ adult “kids” as think i ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by this book because of the title and the front cover. I didn't even realise it was part of a series but I was still able to read and enjoy it regardless.
I think one of the main reasons I liked this book so much is because I liked the main character and was interested in the parts about her personal life as well as the interesting case she was working on.
The first 80% of the book was a little slow but still interested me and I really had no idea who the abuser could be. The last
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The character of Natalie has really grown on me as the series continues. She is complex, unpredictable and frequently imprudent, but her heart is always in the right place and she seems to be thinking more of others and less of herself as her character evolves. In this book, we see her coming to terms with impending motherhood but, in typical Natalie King fashion, she first has to figure out who the father is and which of her two love interests would be the best bet for her and her unborn child. ...more
Jennifer Gottschalk
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A surprisingly good read that got better with each page.

The protagonist (Natalie King) is an interesting character - a bipolar psychologist who is smart, capable and more than a little flawed. Initially I had a hard time identifying with a woman who was not even sure who the father of her unborn child was.

As the story progressed it became clear that Natalie was a good person doing her best in trying circumstances. The pacing was excellent and ultimately reading the book was a satisfying experien
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, it was well written and an easy book to consume. Caveat though - I was on holidays and was enjoying just hanging out and reading. As a lawyer, I found some of the legal references a little trite at times but it didn't distract me from the plot, and I really liked the character development. I work in mental health, and so I was drawn to the challenges that professionals face in the 'system'. It's a good read and I'll definitely go looking for the other books by the aut ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
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Morgan Schulman
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reader-s-copy
I received an advanced reader's copy in exchange for an honest review

This one was unique- some of the tropes were there: the mental health clinician is mentally ill herself AND off her meds, the mother reporting DV and child sexual abuse has her own secrets to hide, the cultural relativism card played in a sensational court case, but the author sets up the narrative and the characters in such a compelling way that it is still fresh and enjoyable.
Di Furness
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Powerful book. Felt for all the characters close to or part of the core family at each stage of the journey. Very challenging to think of young children having to cope with such abuse and for psychiatrists,social worker et al having to try to work out what is really happening so that it can be stopped.
Cathleen Ross
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I like about this series is the insights into human behaviour. Natalie King the main protagonist is a very likable heroine, with real mental issues, which she has to manage. Each book gives more insight into Declan, how and why he’s always been there for Natalie.
Tania Chandler
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The third (and arguably the best) instalment of the Natalie King series. A smart, well-written, flawlessly researched page-turner.
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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. Medea’s Curse is her first mainstream psychological thriller.

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