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Publisher's Summary

In this brilliant debut, a psychologist finds herself drawn into the dark world of a serial killer - who may be closer than she thinks. Mulholland Books presents...Crossbones Yard.

Ray and Marie Benson killed 13 women before they were caught, tried and imprisoned. Five of their victims were never found.

Six years later psychologist Alice Quentin discovers a woman's body on the waste ground at Crossbones Yard. The wounds are horrifyingly similar to the Bensons' signature style. But who would want to copy their crimes?

When Alice is called in to consult, her first instinct is to say no. She wants to focus on treating her patients, not analysing the mind of a murderer.

But the body at Crossbones Yard is just the start, and the killer may already be closer than Alice knows.

©2012 Kate Rhodes (P)2012 Oakhill Publishing

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excellent

Excellent thriller. Great narration. I loved this book. Great from start to finish. I will look for more by this author.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Laurie
  • NORTH ATTLEBORO, Massachusetts
  • 12-16-16

Predictable.

The ending felt rushed. Author felt unpolished. Characters at times seemed pathetic. Hard to like a best friend so self absorbed. A brother so self destructive and a mother so unregrettable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good start to a series

I enjoyed the story very much. I look forward to getting deeper into the characters in future books. I think, however, that the book is let down by the narrator. Her voice sounds much too mature for Alice, whose point of view we're hearing. I think a younger sound would serve the characters and story well. Looking forward to the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Huge disappointment

I had such high hopes for this series. However, I find Alice Quentin to be foolish, amazingly devoid of self-understanding and psychological insight. Can't imagine really caring what happens to her on future books so I won't be reading any.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Frances
  • Little Rock, Ar, United States
  • 07-21-16

Good story, but annoying heroine

This seemed so strange to me: the story was good; the background historical information was fascinating; the professional psychology of the protagonist seemed sophisticated; but the romance was an idiotic fantasy worthy of a rather dim13 year old, utterly ridiculous and rich in cliche.'And the heroiine's continual, reflexive negativity and scorn toward almost everyone she even glanced at was distasteful. (I keep typing because Audible requires more words.)

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Voyager
  • 08-09-16

Brilliant

Would you consider the audio edition of Crossbones Yard to be better than the print version?

I rarely buy print books as my eyes aren't too brill so I wouldn't know.

Who was your favorite character and why?

If I told you that it would give away the ending.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of it. This is the best book I have listened to for quite a few months. Couldn't put it down - listened to it it all in one go. Gripping.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

London based Thriller with a sting in the tail.

Any additional comments?

I was beginning to get despondent as I had not found any new authors for quite a while - until this came along. Even then I wasn't sure about buying it because of the title, but it had good reviews so I gave it a go. I am so glad I did

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • s.p.liddinton
  • 02-09-17

Crossbones yard

This is A Very good and exciting read but not in the David baldacci class.

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  • j c rogers
  • 02-05-17

WAs ok ish

Was a good attempt but obvious who it was. I did not like the person reading the story

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jacqueline
  • 01-24-17

Dull and uninspiring

This is a dull and lifeless book to listen to which adds nothing to the genre. The main protagonist is two dimensional and makes glaringly wrong choices time after time, she is not a flawed heroine, just an idiot.
The only character that is of any interest is Lola who manages to break up the monotony slightly with her flirting and eccentric behaviour, the police are just incompetent throughout the novel and I found myself drifting off and had to restart chapters repeatedly.
Perhaps it's because I've just read Samuel Bjork's new bestseller and I have been spoilt by the richly crafted characters in that but I implore you, don't waste your time, money or credits on this because it just isn't worth it.

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  • Mrs. A. M. Byrom
  • 04-09-17

Disappointing

What disappointed you about Crossbones Yard?

A 'Freida Klein alike' heroine, a by the numbers plot with stock characters. The troubled heroine, kooky friend, gruff policeman etc.

Would you be willing to try another one of Charlotte Strevens’s performances?

No, I would avoid this narrator. Though competent she sounded 'plummy' and older than the character who is in her early thirties. More like a home counties 'lady'.

Any additional comments?

Well, I listened to the end of the novel but even then nothing really redeemed it for me. I'm usually very tolerant with audiobooks as the fact they are narrated blunts any writing faults and I just enjoy the story rattling along. This was just tedious as I felt it was just trying to tick the psychological/crime thriller boxes.

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  • Jules
  • 02-15-17

Really good yarn

Held me to the last page. The narrator was excellent. Such good characterisation. Can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-31-17

Good book

I like this book but sometimes hard to to follow finally finished. I would recommend this book.

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  • Fiona
  • 12-31-16

Dreary

Alice the psychologist- so very very very like a 2 dimensional copy of Nicci French's Freda Klein. Shame the plot was thin and predictable. Avoid

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  • imtralee
  • 12-20-16

disappointing

A trite, predictable and superficial story. could have been helped with a more sympathetic narrator

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  • Philippa C Farmer
  • 11-10-16

Narrator too old

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If audible had chosen a narrator closer in age to the heroine.

Has Crossbones Yard put you off other books in this genre?

No I love the genre. This one is a dud, though.

What didn’t you like about Charlotte Strevens’s performance?

Her voice is way too old for the part.

What character would you cut from Crossbones Yard?

Not sure.

Any additional comments?

This is the first audible book I've given up on. Narrator totally miscast.

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