Medea’s Curse




Released January 28th 2015 with Text publishing order here or on Amazon.

Out in B format March 24th 2016.  Legend Press UK released it on October 3rd 2016, promoted week November 11th BY WHSmith travel and ebook deal with Amazon UK 23rd December to 3rd January2017

Wavesounds released the Audio version in April 2016.

On BuzzzFeeds top 19 Australian books in 2015

Shortlisted (adult and debut) for the 2016 Davitt (Sisters in Crime) Award

“Medea’s Curse” optioned by award-winning production company Causeway Films, to be turned into high-end television series. See Below

A psychiatrist gets pulled into a missing child case through her prior involvement with an infanticide case, and her attraction to the married prosecutor. As a result she puts her reputation and life on the line.


This is a book about infanticide, about mental illness and the complex developmental and social contexts that place children at risk. It is also about deception and integrity in relationships and about boundaries.

Forensic psychiatrist Natalie King works with victims and perpetrators of violent crime. Women with a history of abuse, mainly. She rides a Ducati a size too big and wears a tank top a size too small. Likes men but doesn’t want to keep one. And really needs to stay on her medication.

Now she’s being stalked. Anonymous notes, threats, strangers loitering outside her house.

A hostile former patient? Or someone connected with a current case? Georgia Latimer—charged with killing her three children. Travis Hardy—deadbeat father of another murdered child, with a second daughter now missing. Maybe the harassment has something to do with Crown Prosecutor Liam O’Shea—drop-dead sexy, married and trouble in all kinds of ways.

Natalie doesn’t know. Question is, will she find out before it’s too late?

Also on Amazon here

Brief talk on Youtube here


TV SERIES OPTION: Author Anne Buist’s lauded Australian crime fiction “Medea’s Curse” has been optioned by Sydney-based production company Causeway Films, to be made into a female character driven crime series.

Causeway Films are best known for last year’s award-winning psychological thriller THE BABADOOK by writer/director Jennifer Kent, which world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2014, and garnered great critical and commercial success internationally, winning many awards including the 2015 AACTA award for Best Film (shared with Russell Crowe’s THE WATER DIVINER).

Producers Kristina Ceyton and Sam Jennings are currently attaching lead creatives to the project, and working to secure development funding to begin the process of adaptation.

Producer Sam Jennings has said of Anne’s work and Medea’s Curse in particular: “We fell in love with the main character, Natalie King. She is such a flawed, edgy hero, whose only real rules are dictated by her deep loyalty to her patients. What also particularly appealed to us is the way the book explores women and in particular mothers committing acts of violence – essentially taboo subjects, that Anne has treated with great emotional complexity. Anne not only has great insight into human psychology, she is also an expert on thrillers, and this is a distinctly sexy and noir take on the genre.”


Causeway films is a Sydney based production company focused on the development and production of high quality feature films and television drams. established in 2010 by producers Kristina Ceyton and Samantha Jennings, Causeway Films is committed to making distinctive projects for the International market. Causeway’s first feature project, award winning psychological thriller The Babadook by writer/director Jennifer Kent, and starring Essie Davis (Girl with a Pear Earring, The Slap) world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014. The Babadook won the 2015 AACTA award for Best Film (shared with The Water Diviner), as well as the 2014 New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film, and a British Independent Films Award nomination.

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