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July 9, 2016



In the late 1970s. a revolutionary new medicine was developed to treat haemophilia, made from human blood Factor Eight seemed like a miracle product and pharmaceutical companies raced to mass-produce it, buying donor blood from anyone in the USA willing to sell it.
A contaminated strain of Factor Eight entered the UK soon after and over 4800 British Haemophiliacs were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV through contaminated blood products administered by the NHS.
Since the early 1980s, thousands of people have died, many may never received compensation, those that do not live on far below the national average wage, after a long and bitter battle with the authorities and their illnesses.
The victims story is something Kate Rhodes has lived through her husband was given hepatitis C, and lived with the illness for over 25 years, before undertaking a grueling intense course of drugs. Kate cared for him throughout.
Clare Riordan and her son Mikey are abducted from Clapham Common early one morning. Hours later, the boy is found wandering disorientated. Soon after, a pack of Clare’s blood is left on a doorstep in the heart of the City of London.
Alice Quentin is brought in to help the traumatised child uncover his memories – which might lead them to his mother’s captors. But she swiftly realises Clare is not the first victim…nor will she be the last. The killers are driven by a desire for revenge…and in the end, it will all come down to blood.
Why I loved reading this book is that the story was so fresh and utterly different with characters and a plot that you really have deep feelings for.

In her most cutting crime novel yet, Kate explores through fiction the impact of this real life crime, and the lenghts that revenge, suffering and desperation can take you to. Twisty, psychological and utterly gripping, this time, murder all comes down to blood.

Clare Riordan and her son Mikey are kidnapped while out jogging in Clapham Common. Mikey was able to escape. But why Clare Riordan had been taken was mystery to the police investigation.
Alice Quinton is back and helping Mikey Riordan. Through Mikey’s ordeal after seeing his mother kidnapped he never spoke a word to anyone. The boy was displaying classic signs of elective muteness.
The police are trying to connect pieces of information from Clare Riordan’s work colleagues at the tainted Blood Panel in the Royal Free Hospital. Although Clare and her sister hate each other she is questioned too. There are fresh claims that Clare had a boyfriend, who the police want to track down to question him.
More victims are taken and each time the killer always leave a sample of a new victims blood at the scene. Will Mikey’s mother be found alive or dead? A terrific new heroine on the block. I read The Winter Foundlings which made me follow Kate Rhodes new novels. This brilliant novel Blood Symmetry is published on the 14th July 2106.



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