Alice Quentin 5
By Kate Rhodes
Getting inside the mind of a killer isn't for the faint of heart... A woman and her son are abducted; the boy escapes; the woman vanishes. Alice must unlock the child's memories and understand why the killers are obsessed with blood.
Clare Riordan and her son Mikey are abducted from Clapham Common early one morning. Hours later, the boy is found wandering disorientated. Soon after, a pack of Clare's blood is left on a doorstep in the heart of the City of London.
Alice Quentin is brought in to help the traumatised child uncover his memories - which might lead them to his mother's captors. But she swiftly realises Clare is not the first victim... nor will she be the last.
The killers are driven by a desire for revenge... and in the end, it will all come down to blood.
Kate Rhodes was born in London. She has worked as a teacher and university lecturer, and now writes full-time.
Kate began her writing career as a poet, publishing two prizewinning collections. She has held a Hawthornden fellowship and been shortlisted for Forward and Bridport Prizes. She has written five novels in the Alice Quentin series, CROSSBONES YARD, A KILLING OF ANGELS, THE WINTER FOUNDLINGS, RIVER OF SOULS and BLOOD SYMMETRY, the first of which was selected by Val McDermid for the Harrogate Crime festival's New Blood panel championing new crime writers. In 2014 Kate Rhodes won the Ruth Rendell Short Story Award, sponsored by the charity InterAct.
Visit her website at http://katerhodes.org or follow her on Twitter @K_RhodesWriter.
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14 Jul 2016
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Fast paced and harrowing, this gripping novel will leave you guessing until the end — Bella
An original and exciting story made all the more disturbing by the fact that the underlying premise is based on real events. An excellent read. — Rachel Abbott
Atmospheric and suspenseful — The Lady
Excellent...based on a true, fascinating and shocking story — Literary Review
The plot has more twists and turns than the path of the legendary river and flows along just as swiftly. We couldn't put it down! — Best Magazine
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Rhodes goes from strength to strength with this acute reminder of how bureaucratic neglect produced mass tragedy. A fast-paced, riveting read. — Alex Marwood
The pace never lets up in Kate Rhodes' latest thriller - and neither does the blood! A fast and at times gruesome read made doubly compelling for having its basis in fact. — Tamar Cohen
Great twists, turns and surprises — Sun
Alice is a vividly realised protagonist whose complex and harrowing history rivals the central crime storyline — Sophie Hannah, Daily Express
A pacy psychological thriller that makes good use of its London setting — Laura Wilson, Guardian
A fast-moving, entertaining mix of sex, suspense and serial killings — Washington Post