Friday, July 29, 2016

The Girl in the River - Review

By Kate Rhodes
Witness Impulse
October 20, 2015
E-ISBN 9780062444042
Price: $2.99
Source: Publisher for an honest review

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 is now asking psychologist Alice Quentin to re-examine the case.

But then a body is found: an elderly priest, attacked in Battersea, washed up at Westminster Pier. An ancient glass bead is tied to his wrist.

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 come.

Because the Thames has always been a site of sacrifice and death.

And Alice is about to learn that some people still believe in it…

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My Take:

I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I was drawn into The Girl in the River.  I think a different title might be better, but the story itself was fast-paced and kept my interest to the very end. This was my first Alice Quentin novel and I really liked the character and found her profession of Forensic Psychologist for the Met to be intriguing. There are so many interesting characters in the novel -- and more than a few could be the killer.

When the victim of a horrible assault starts remembering details of her attack months after the fact, Alice is called in to help find leads. The reader gets to follow Alice as she tries to figure out who attacked Jude and why. Unfortunately, more people are being murdered and the method of Jude's attack takes on new horrific meaning. The reader also gets to follow the killer  -- and this part gets pretty creepy. The guy is obviously very disturbed.

I thought the author did a great job introducing many possible suspects and kept me guessing all the way through. This was a fun, fast, and slightly disturbing read. There was also the history and archaeology of the Thames, since it plays such a prominent part in the story.  I would read the other Alice Quentin books as well since I enjoyed this one quite a lot. The Girl in the River will certainly appeal to any reader who enjoys a good mystery or fast-paced thriller.

About the Author
Kate Rhodes is the author of three previous Alice Quentin novels, Crossbones Yard, A Killing of Angels and The Winter Foundlings, as well as two collections of poetry, Reversal and The Alice Trap. She writes full-time now, and lives in Cambridge with her husband, a writer and film-maker. @K_RhodesWriter

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