Cross Bones Yard by Kate Rhodes

About the book

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 wasteground at Crossbones Yard. The wounds are similar to the Bensons’ signature style. But who would want to copy their crimes?

Reviewed by Waterlooville Crime Reading Group

It was ok and I did read all of it because it was an easy read. My main problem was with Alice, who, despite being a psychologist with an understanding of people, was far too compliant to the wishes of others and didn’t assert her own rights or needs as a human. She doesn’t exactly tell ex-boyfriend Sean where to get off, or make a complaint against him or Alvarez for their unwelcome attentions. If the police want her to look at something, she drops her own work and goes straight away, although it doesn’t seem to be a formal arrangement of hiring her services as a psychologist. She also doesn’t have due regard for her own safety and is heedless of danger, running at night, despite the risks, and removing evidence from a police investigation. She lives in a two bedroom flat and has an expensive mortgage, yet one of the bedrooms is empty. I can understand her letting her friend stay free for a while, even if the friend can afford wine and to go out, but then she also lets the friend’s boyfriend make use of the facilities.
The scary bits of the book weren’t scary enough and the happy bits wernt happy enough. I didn’t worry about Alice (or care that much) as it seemed clear she would win though. I did care about her friend Lola, who seemed too good to be true – and only the good die young. I thought the portraits of her mother and her brother Will seemed reasonably realistic. I thought the explanation of why Alvarez was the killer was reasonable. It might have been better if there were a few more suspects in the book. There were only three people it could be, then two after Will ended up in hospital.
The description of London helped set the book in its location and added to the story.
The story was ok if you suspended your belief about Alice.

Star rating: ***

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