I’m thrilled to start my AtoZ Blogging challenge this year with one of my favourite contemporary writers, Rachel Abbott author of a crime fiction series of eight novels featuring DCI Tom Douglas as well as a standalone psychological thriller, And So it Begins.
Rachel Abbot is a fascinating writer who was one of the first to decide to take the self-publishing route on Amazon in 2011. By March 2016, she had sold two million books and had been named Amazon’s most popular independently published author in the UK. Find out more on Wikipedia and on her webpage and blog
I’ve read and enjoyed all of her DCI To Douglas books, except book 8, The Shape of Lies, which I’ve preordered on my audible credit because it won’t be available until 16th April
I didn’t start with book 1, Only the Innocent, which I read later, and it’s the only one I haven’t read as an audiobook.
I started listening to Stranger Child, which blew me away with her writing style, the suspense and intricate plot.
All her novels are unique, but I loved her complex and likeable main characters as well as the very evil and realistic villains in Stranger Child. Her novels are brilliantly narrated, well plotted thrillers with plenty of killer twists and turns, which are mostly set in and around Manchester, UK. Lisa Coleman, who also narrates Kill me Again, and Come a Little Closer, really brought the story to life.
The Back Road is a takes place in an English village, in the north of England. Lots of suspects, intricate personal relationships, lies, a touch of romance and plenty of red herrings to keep the reader guessing till the end!
The Sixth Window is another complex case for Tom and his team, including his sidekick, DI Becky Robinson, this time related to child / adolescent pornography. A disturbing, but not explicit, look at how young girls are lured, seduced and tricked by unscrupulous adults. The audio version by Rachel Atkins really brought the story to life.
Come a Little Closer is another brilliant crime thrillers which DCI Tom Douglas and his team solve. This one is dark and creepy with plenty of twists and surprises. Highly recommended for lovers of intense, crime thrillers.
Kill Me Again is a twisted thriller which brings up many moral dilemmas, right up to the shocking ending. Terrifying, sad and realistic portrayal of the creation of serial killers and psychopaths. This one reminded me of Harlan Coben’s suspenseful thrillers. She’s a genius!
One of my favourites is Sleep Tight, which is book 3, perhaps it’s because there are two narrators and first and third POV, which I appreciate. Andrew Wincott reads the third person narration, mainly the police procedural part, and Melody Grove reads Olivia Brooke’s the first person account of the disappearance of her children.
Here’s the blurb of Sleep Tight:
How far would you go to hold on to the people you love?
When Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again. She has reason to fear the worst; this isn’t the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced.
Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time it’s Olivia who has disappeared. All the evidence suggests that she was here, in the family home, that morning. But her car is in the garage, and her purse is on the kitchen table.
The police want to issue a national appeal, but every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers.
And then they find the blood…
Has the past caught up with Olivia?
Sleep Tight – if you can. You never know who’s watching.
You can start reading Rachel Abbott’s novels wherever you like, they’re all fabulous! Once you start, I bet you’ll read them all! Especially for lovers of contemporary crime fiction set in the UK.
What? You’ve never read an Audiobook? Here are my 34 reasons why you should be reading audiobooks!
I’ll be reviewing an audiobook a day throughout April, so come back tomorrow!
Would you like to read about the other authors and audiobooks I’ve posted about during the challenge, which started on 1st April? Here they are!
Find out more about this blogging challenge here!