Kate Rhodes – The Winter Foundlings (Alice Quentin 3)

To be published in August 2014


The girl’s body lay on the steps of the Foundling Museum. She was dressed all in white, and tagged with the number 12.

Britain’s most prolific child killer, Louis Kinsella, murdered nine children before he was caught and locked away for life in Northwood high-security hospital. Now someone is carrying on his work. Four girls have disappeared in North London. Three are already dead…

Psychologist Alice Quentin is working at Northwood, hoping for space and time away from her hectic London life. But she’ll do anything to save a child’s life – even if it means sitting down with a charismatic, ruthless killer and putting herself in greater danger than ever before.

My thoughts

This year, one of the new authors I discovered was Kate Rhodes and her wonderful psychologist creation, Alice Quentin. I quickly devoured ‘Crossbones Yard’ and ‘A Killing of Angels’. The ‘Winter Foundlings’ is out in August 2014 and is just brilliant.

Alice Quentin is seconded to work in a high security psychiatric institution, Northwood taking a break from London. Northwood holds the infamous Louis Kinsella, a manipulative prolific child killer. When another child is kidnapped, it becomes apparent that there is a strong connection to Kinsella. Don Burns brings Quentin into the investigation to get her insight into Kinsella and to draw him out of his self imposed silence. The race is on to trace the missing girl, Ella and for Quentin to work out what Kinsella is up to.

I fell in love with Alice Quentin, in the previous books. Alice is complex, multi-layered and fascinating. She has issues with relationships and men. She is intelligent and damaged. No wonder, I am absolutely drawn to her.

I thought this was outstanding. So many aspects of it added up to a superb read. The links to the Foundling Museum, which actually exists, in London were fascinating. I am always interested in social history and how children were treated in the past. I loved the interaction between Alice and Kinsella, and how chilling she found his presence. Kinsella, at times, reminded me of both Hannibal Lector and Joe Carroll in the Following, with his evil aura. I liked both the claustrophobic snowy winter feeling and the disturbing psychiatric setting. The pace of the book kept me on the edge of my seat, as the drama escalated. I did not know how it would play out.

Kate Rhodes confirms herself as a top crime author with this book. I would totally recommend this series.



About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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