The Winter Foundlings
This is the third book in the series, and I have not read the previous books.
Alice Quentin is a psychologist who decides to study treatment methods at a high-security prison. Taking a break from her hectic London life and from the police work that has left her emotionally exhausted, Alice looks forward to her work at Northwood.
Her attempt to avoid police work comes to an end almost immediately when she is asked to interview Louis Kinsella, the notorious former headmaster who was convicted of killing young girls. Now, someone is imitating Kinsella's methods, and three young girls have been abducted and later found dead. A fourth is missing, but is hopefully still alive.
The killer has not only copied Kinsella's signature, but has sent tokens to Kinsella. Alice is desperate to save ten-year-old Ella Williams, but Kinsella is playing with her. The author plants suspicion about various characters who might be communicating with Kinsella, because when he does deign to help, his predictions about what will happen next actually occur.
Kate Rhodes has some staunch fans, and the book was interesting enough to hold my attention, but I wasn't that taken with Alice, the secondary characters never came off the page, and the plot didn't feel credible.
Mystery/Crime. Feb. 24, 2015. Print version: 352 pages