Getting inside the mind of a killer isn't for the faint of heart...In this thrilling crime novel, psychologist Alice Quentin must unlock a child's memories if they're to have any hope of saving his mother.
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.
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
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
Excellent...based on a true, fascinating and shocking story - Literary Review
Rhodes goes from strength to strength with this acute reminder of how bureaucratic neglect produced mass tragedy. A fast-paced, riveting read. - Alex Marwood
A pacy yet emotionally involving thriller, with an authentic and nuanced heroine in psychologist Alice Quentin: Kate Rhodes' latest is a terrific read. - Anya Lipska
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.