It is Shanghai in 1927 where a Scottish analyst named Kenneth Ayres discovers his latest "patient" - Julia Paradise, the wife of a minister. After studying under Freud, Ayres takes her on as his latest challenge, only to realize that there is much more behind the sometimes skittish, sometimes demure woman. Flights of fancy, constant visions and a past that continues to haunt Julia are only the beginning, leaving one to wonder where does reality begin and fantasy end?
Although I did finish this book and quite enjoyed it, I did find it lacking as well and felt that Julia's psychotic world needed to be delved into more. However, the story still carries its own weight and the final resolution, while not the one I had hoped for, was still satisfying. Then again, I do enjoy reading books about people who suffer from various mental problems and had even considered going into the field of psychology as a therapist. The human mind is a fascinating thing to study, in my opinion.
Thank you, Burke's Books, for your continued display of literary treasures!