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Blood Symmetry: Alice Quentin 5 Paperback – 6 Apr 2017
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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)
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)
A pacy, finely crafted plot, and the central idea of tainted blood is fantastically well threaded into the story. More than anything, it is written with heart (Alison Joseph)
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)
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An enjoyably scary chiller (Sunday Mirror)
Alice is a wonderfully rounded female protagonist who is vividly written, emotionally accessible and strong. Peppered with false trails, the reader is guessing the killer's identity right up to the last minute. This is a bone chilling read that will grip you from beginning to end (Express)
A terrific new heroine on the block (Woman & Home)
Like Nicci French, Kate Rhodes excels at character, pace and sense of place (Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree)
A pacy psychological thriller that makes good use of its London setting (Laura Wilson Guardian)
Alice is a vividly realised protagonist whose complex and harrowing history rivals the central crime storyline (Sophie Hannah Daily Express)
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.See all Product description
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Alice becomes emotionally attached to Mikey, an eleven year old boy who escapes his kidnappers but who is unable to save his mother, a doctor, from them too. He is so traumatised he can virtually speak, despite knowing that he needs to help the police find his mother. Alice's job is to try and unlock his memories in order to find her before she is killed.
I found myself reading long into the night, unpicking the clues with Alice herself and, unlike Alice, completely mis-reading the signs and guessing the wrong perpetrators! I was so sure I had it this time too!
If you're new to Kate Rhodes it wouldn't be too much of a crime to read this one first - it would serve just as well as a standalone. If you're already a fan, I promise you will not be disappointed!
Five books in and I still can’t get enough of the Alice Quentin series! Each book is brilliantly crafted and all-consuming, and Kate Rhodes never lets the reader down, always delivering a layered, fascinating and chilling story. Blood Symmetry is no exception.
I’ve mentioned before how much I like Alice, and that still remains. She’s definitely a woman you’d want on your side. In this book, I grew to like her even more and though she doesn’t overshadow the case, her character shines through. Clare Riordan and her son Mikey are out for a jog on Clapham Common when Clare is abducted. Mikey escapes, but he is traumatised. Mute and barely readable, Alice is there to try and uncover his memories, but it isn’t an easy task.
Mikey’s character appeared to me as very realistic and I found it really interesting seeing the stages of his trauma, and was eager for him to develop and recover a bit as when we meet him, he is hardly uttering a word, or at least not any that make sense. I cared for Mikey’s character early on even when I couldn’t understand him, and found getting to know his character through his actions, Alice’s perceptions and the little things he shared utterly engaging, and other than my fictional love for Alice Quentin, Mikey had me emotionally attached to this novel, something which I rarely feel in this genre.
One of the reasons why I love Kate’s books is because she makes them wholly human and accessible – exploring family, relationships and historical connections whilst still providing a tense and gripping crime to sink your teeth into. Blood Symmetry had all that, with pace and atmosphere delivered boundlessly, and I spent one very late night/early morning devouring her words whole. Because that’s another thing I love about Kate’s books – they are impossible to put down.
As Alice and her boyfriend DCI Burns (love him) attempt to uncover the truth, the appearance of blood packs all around London lead them to realise that Clare isn’t the only victim of the crime. And that is some understatement. Though there aren’t too many twists and turns in Blood Symmetry, it still had a huge mystery at its heart and I was kept guessing throughout. With every few Alice chapters divided by quick, pacy chapters from the perspective of the killer, I loved how unnerved and unsettled reading their thought process made me feel, as this engrossed me even more.
There is also a very honest and factual theme to this book – based on the real-life tainted blood scandal. This is not something I’d heard much of before reading Blood Symmetry but learning the author’s personal connection to the scandal at the end of the book made me feel the story even more. Kate’s writing made me feel the need to research the tainted blood scandal and I did, and this made Blood Symmetry shock and emotionally affect me even more.
The worst part about this book was that it came to an end. I feel the same way after every Alice book. Blood Symmetry was a startling read, incredibly intense and captivating, topped off by its very satisfying end. Kate manages to move me, destroy my emotions and just about fix me back up, ready for the next one through the course of her books and it never gets old. I cannot wait to see where she takes things next.
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Too many characters,seemed like i had read similar before.Read more