Crossbones Yard by Kate Rhodes
Psychologist Alice Quentin seems to have it all together. She has a great job, a nice flat, and a loving boyfriend. She’s just not happy. And things don’t seem to be looking any better when she discovers the body of a young girl while out for a run. The body is in the Crossbones Yard, a small overgrown lot that a century ago was a graveyard for prostitutes, and it is estimated that hundreds, maybe even a thousand bodies are buried there. What does the location have to do with the crime? Is it connected to notorious serial killers who preyed on the lonely and weak only a decade before?
Why is it that psychologists in fiction seem to have more problems than their patients? I liked Alice, but she was frustrating as well. She admits to her faults. She talks about how she works with patients with extreme phobias yet she can’t use her own advice to get over her fear of enclosed places. Granted, having to jog up twenty-four flights of stairs to your office will keep you in great shape, but it’s odd to be a psychologist with extreme phobias. That’s just a taste of the baggage that Alice is carrying, which is nothing compared to some of the other characters you meet.
All in all it is an enjoyable thriller that will keep you guessing. Like Alice you think you have discovered the identity of the killer, and I’m pretty sure that like Alice, you’ll be completely wrong.