Book Review of “Mind Me, Milady” by Anne Rothman-Hicks, Kenneth Hicks


Blurb:

MIND ME, MILADY is a mystery set in New York City. As the book begins, the life of thirty-five year old Eve Petersen is in upheaval. She is an attorney who is in the process of winding up her recently deceased mother ‘s law practice, and she has just broken up with her control-freak boyfriend. She now has a new client to protect: a sweet but troubled young woman named Susan, who is struggling to understand both her foggy memories of the past and her constant sense of unease and danger in the present. And, as if all that weren’t enough, Kate herself keeps receiving unsettling phone calls from an Upper East Side serial rapist who has named himself “the Gentleman.” Each time he calls, the Gentleman casually discusses his latest victim in his eerily even, British-accented voice, hinting all the while that Kate will be the next one.

As the Gentleman continues his reign of terror, reprimanding each victim with his catchphrase, “Mind me, milady. Mind the Gentleman,” suspense and anxiety on the Upper East Side build to a fever pitch. A series of seemingly random women are brutally assaulted. Warring local political candidates fasten on these rapes as a pivotal dividing issue. Frightened and confused as to what to do, Susan undergoes hypnosis in an attempt to fill in memories that she had lost in the aftermath of a car accident years ago. Under hypnosis, she “remembers” living as an indentured servant in New York City during the period of the Revolutionary War and being raped by her Master while the Battle of Manhattan raged on the East Side. Whether these impressions are based in real memories remains a question, but as these bits of her past come to light, it seems more and more possible that Susan may be the Gentleman’s next target. With the Gentleman seemingly closing in on both women, Kate must try to put the pieces together and figure out the Gentleman’s identity so they can catch him before he strikes again.

My Review:

“Mind me, milady” is one of the wonderful psychological thrillers I have read for long. The murder mystery fulfills all the check list a mystery lover has in terms of active detectives, super psychotic villain, traumatic crimes, traps by both antagonist and protagonist, misleading climax and the true climax, and then some more to just add icing to the mystery.

The lady protagonist, Eve Peterson, is a lawyer, who keeps getting calls from The Gentleman, who is the psychologically disturbed rapist. Then there is Maria, a cop detective, who helps Eve with the case, rather Eve helps Maria with the case. There is also Susan, who plays a pivotal role in the whole story, although it takes everyone some time to recognize it. There is also a shady gypsy woman who says she wants to help, but seems to have some ulterior motive to everything. And then there are so many others who seem to be keeping a lot of secrets. So who is The Gentleman from them all? Who can Eve trust to help? And who will ultimately betray her by showing his true face?

The story is so gripping that it would really be impossible to keep the book down once you have started it. The flow and language of the novel is really nice, dark and thrilling. The entire story has the dark shade enveloping it that makes it really easy to visualize the scenes. The psychological issues of The Gentleman Rapist is woven beautifully and artistically throughout the story. The passages in between giving insights of how his mind works is captivating. When a pseudo climax came up in the book, I felt dejected and thought the ending could have been better. But Ken and Anne did give the perfect climax to the book and the ending gave me goosebumps and raced heart beat.

An absolutely gripping thriller and murder mystery.

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