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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (6 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144478563X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444785630
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

Praise for Kate Rhodes (.)

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)

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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.

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I've followed psychologist Alice Quentin since Crossbones Yard and absolutely love her and her supporting cast of police, medics and erstwhile burdensome family and friends. In this, the fifth in the series, most of these extras take a bit more of a back seat but the actual story is, by far, the best yet. Maybe because it's a theme that has personal connotations for Kate Rhodes and writers always say they like to 'write what they know.' Whatever the reason, it's basically a story about love and long-thought-out revenge served cold, based on the 'tainted blood scandal' in the 1980s when thousands of people were transfused with infected blood before effective screening for HIV and hepatitis C came into force.

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!
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This story is the best yet, the characters are alive and believable and the story( personal to the author I now understand) is moving and fraught with danger. I enjoyed the development between our main characters. More please Kate!!!
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I LOVE this series. I will make it my mission to get everyone to read it. You have been warned! Blood Symmetry is the fifth in the fantastic series, featuring Alice Quentin.

Alice Quentin is a forensic psychologist and she is asked to help recover memories from a traumatised boy. A hospital consultant, Claire has gone missing, kidnapped in broad daylight with her young son. The son Mikey escaped; but is badly shaken and mute. It soon becomes apparent this is all about blood and the consequences of past actions. Claire is being tortured by her captors, kept alive for what she knows. Alice and her boyfriend, the very lovely Don Burns, see the case escalating to murder. Will they get to Claire in time to save her? Will they identify the kidnappers, from the massive list of people who feel angry at a terrible injustice done?

The story is based on fact, using the real life experiences of those whose blood became infected by contaminated blood transfusions, in the 1970s and 1980s. It is quite shocking, that people can have their health and lives ruined by tainted blood. The government dealt poorly with the victims in this scandal, rather unsurprisingly. These people are then left to deal with the consequences or die, before their time. It really makes you think!

It is always a pleasure to catch up with Alice. I feel like I know her. I want to be her. She is very easy to relate to. She has Burns now and they are officially dating. Lucky girl! She always seems to crack the cases and see through the complexity of it all. The way the drama unfolds is breath-taking and made my heart race. I was on tenterhooks, trying not to feel slightly nauseous about all the blood. There is a lot of blood here. For the weak stomached, beware.
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By Sophie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Sept. 2016
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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.
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