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Psychologist Alice Quentin has been looking forward to a break from her hectic London life. She has vowed to stay clear of police work. The previous cases she helped the police with have left her scarred. So, when Alice is given the rare opportunity to study treatment methods at Northwood high-security hospital outside of London, she is eager to get to work.
But then a young girl is discovered, dressed all in white, on the steps of the Foundling Museum. Four girls have recently gone missing in North London—this is the third to be found, dead. The fourth may still be alive, and Alice Quentin may be able to help. Britain's most prolific child killer, Louis Kinsella, has been locked up in Northwood for over a decade. Yet, these recent kidnappings and murders are clearly connected to Kinsella's earlier crimes. It seems that someone is continuing where he left off. So, when Detective Don Burns comes asking for Alice's help, how can she refuse? Alice will do anything to help save a child—even if that means forming a relationship with a charismatic, ruthless murderer. But Kinsella is slow to give away his secrets, and time is running out for the latest kidnap victim, who is simply trying to survive. In her quest to save a life, Alice finds she has put her own life on the line.
The Winter Foundling is Kate Rhode's exciting thriller featuring Alice Quentin following Crossbones Yard and A Killing of Angels.
After a harrowing experience helping to catch a serial slayer in 2014's A Killing of Angels, the last thing London forensic psychologist Alice Quentin wants is another high-profile police case especially since she seems to have blown her chance to kindle a relationship with sexy Det. Don Burns. But when a fourth girl, 10-year-old Ella Williams, is abducted from North London in a string of crimes that may be following in the bloody footsteps of notorious child murderer Louis Kinsella, Alice can't refuse Burns's appeal for help particularly since Kinsella happens to be imprisoned at Northwood, the forbidding psychiatric prison where she has just started a research sabbatical. She has no inkling of the nightmare that awaits. With the clock ticking before Ella becomes the next corpse, the surprisingly vulnerable Alice finds herself forced to match wits with this psychotic master manipulator. Rhodes spins an atmospheric and suspenseful tale until an implausible climax that many readers will see coming.