Monday, March 16, 2015

Review: The Winter Foundlings (Alice Quentin #3) by Kate Rhodes

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (Oct. 7 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444738828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444738827

Book Description

Psychologist Alice Quentin has been looking forward to a break from her hectic London life. She has vowed to stay clear of police work. The previous cases she helped the police with have left her scarred. So, when Alice is given the rare opportunity to study treatment methods at Northwood high-security hospital outside of London, she is eager to get to work.

But then a young girl is discovered, dressed all in white, on the steps of the Foundling Museum. Four girls have recently gone missing in North London—this is the third to be found, dead. The fourth may still be alive, and Alice Quentin may be able to help. Britain's most prolific child killer, Louis Kinsella, has been locked up in Northwood for over a decade. Yet, these recent kidnappings and murders are clearly connected to Kinsella's earlier crimes. It seems that someone is continuing where he left off. So, when Detective Don Burns comes asking for Alice's help, how can she refuse? Alice will do anything to help save a child—even if that means forming a relationship with a charismatic, ruthless murderer. But Kinsella is slow to give away his secrets, and time is running out for the latest kidnap victim, who is simply trying to survive. In her quest to save a life, Alice finds she has put her own life on the line.

The Winter Foundling is Kate Rhode's exciting thriller featuring Alice Quentin following Crossbones Yard and A Killing of Angels.

About the Author

Kate Rhodes was born in London. She completed a doctorate, then taught English at universities in Britain and the United States. She writes full-time now, and lives in Cambridge with her husband, a writer and film maker.Kate is the author of two collections of poetry, Reversal and The Alice Trap. She has been awarded English Speaking Union and Hawthornden Fellowships for poetry, and shortlisted for a number of other prestigious prizes, including the Bridport and Forward Prizes. Her poems have been anthologised and published in newspapers including the Guardian and the Independent. CROSSBONES YARD is her first novel and the first in the Alice Quentin series.

My Review

Awesome book!  I just loved The Winter Foundlings by Kate Rhodes. I had not read the first two books in the Alice Quentin series and it certainly didn't matter to my enjoyment of this wonderful psychological thriller.

The Winter Foundlings is set in London. Kate Rhodes was able to inspire such a sense of place that I decided I wanted to go to London again! Right now!

Normally Dr. Alice Quentin is a forensic psychologist at Guys Hospital in London. However Alice has started a  six month term at Northwood high security hospital.  Northwood houses the worst of Britain's mentally unstable killers. The Winter Foundlings focuses on the child killer Louis Kinsella. He is a horrible man but Alice is able to get through his thick shell. He freakishly looks almost exactly like her deceased alcoholic abusive father. He picks up on that and is able to play and taunt Alice. But she perseveres in the hope of discovering who is influencing on the outside...who is Louis getting to continue his reign of terror in London?

Alice is a very believable character as are the those in her world. Her friends and family are very believable as are the new people in her life at Northwood. It was interesting to see her relationship with Detective Don Burns as well.

Great book! I cannot wait until the next one, River of Souls, which is out in June. I now need to read the first two in the series! Highly recommend!

1 comment:

  1. I read the first book in this series, CROSSBONES YARD, last year, I think. Anyway, I've got #2 on my Kindle and have been hearing some things about this new one as well. Thanks for sharing your experience!