Published 18 June 2015 by Mulholland Books
About the book:
Jude Shelley, daughter of a prominent cabinet minister, had her whole life ahead of her until she was attacked and left to drown in the Thames. Miraculously, she survived. A year later, her family ask psychologist Alice Quentin to re-examine the case.
But then an elderly priest is attacked in Battersea, his body washed up at Westminster Pier. An ancient glass bead is tied to his wrist.
The river has always demanded sacrifices, and now it seems a killer believes it’s calling out for more.
Alice is certain that Jude and her family are hiding something, but unless she can persuade them to share what they know, more victims will drown…
This review is posted as part of the River of Souls Blog Tour, to celebrate the publication of the latest Kate Rhodes novel. It is a pleasure to be a part of this Blog Tour because I rate this series so very highly.
I am the biggest fan of Kate Rhodes and her ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC ‘Alice Quentin’ series. I could not wait to read this as soon as a copy magically appeared in my hands. Alice Quentin is now on her fourth outing and it is wonderful to see her back. This is a series that everyone should be shouting about.
The story returns us to the world of Alice in London. Alice is a forensic psychologist, working with the Met. She is asked to look into the cold case of Jude Shelley, a cabinet minister’s daughter brutally attacked and left for dead, on the bank of the river Thames. Jude is now barely living in a private hospital, with her face destroyed. An elderly priest is attacked and murdered, with striking similarities to the attack on Jude. It seems that there is a killer out there with a strange fixation on the river and a lust for murder. DCI Burns is reunited with Alice as they hunt for a killer.
I love Alice. She is brilliant and perceptive. She listens and makes links. She analyses and you can almost hear her brain ticking away. She is empathic, as she speaks to poor broken Jude. And she has a love life that is all over the place. She feels very real, with her assorted friends and family. Whether this is your first encounter with her, or your fourth, I guarantee you will fall under her spell and want more. It is lovely to see her back with Burns on a case, even though they are rather estranged. The bickering between them was fun.
In this instalment, we get to know a killer. We follow his progress, as he hunts his victims and brutalizes them. He has a haunting fixation with the river Thames and the souls of the dead. A delusional man with a purpose. As usual, Kate Rhodes’ research shines through and we hear about how in the past the Thames was used for sacrifices. Scary stuff.
Kate Rhodes gives us an intelligent crime read, with the best female protagonist and a fresh taste of London history. The whole series is a class act. Go and read this now!
My thanks to Bookbridgr and the publishers for my lovely review copy.
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