The Back Road by Rachel Abbott

About the book:

One girl is fighting for her life. One village is struggling to hold tight to its secrets.

When a young girl is knocked over and left for dead at the side of the road, the small community of Little Melham goes into shock. Why was Abbie out so late at night, and why wasn’t she missed?

For Ellie Saunders, the truth about that night could put her marriage and even the safety of her children in jeopardy. She has to protect her family, no matter what the consequences.

Former DCI Tom Douglas thought that Little Melham would offer a peaceful retreat from the daily trauma of his work for the Met. But as he is drawn into the web of deceit, his every instinct tells him that what happened to Abbie was more than a tragic accident.

Only one person knows the whole story – why Abbie was out that night, and who was driving the car. For that person, the accident spells disaster, and somebody has to pay.

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My thoughts:

I’ve had this on my kindle for ages, so what better time to start it than when I’m in the midst of a reading slump! 🙄 However, even though it took me longer than usual to read it, I really enjoyed it.

This is the second book in the DCI Tom Douglas series, and it’s another cracker. Less of Tom than I would like, but an excellently diverse cast of characters keep the interest levels well up!

Following on from the hit and run, The Back Road goes to extreme lengths to prove that everybody lies, and everyone has secrets. There is more baggage than a luggage carousel at an airport for pretty much all of the characters in the book, but it makes for intriguing reading because the author casts doubt on everyone.

I don’t read crime thrillers all too often anymore, so this was a nice break from the norm which has become psych thrillers in various guises. The Back Road is a fine example of a slow burning thriller. The reader knows all the secrets that are threatening to bubble over will eventually spill out, but the journey to that happening is kinda fun. You don’t know whats wrong with whom, and trying to figure it out is what makes it interesting.

Having read the first book in this series, and now this one, I am eager to keep it up. I love a good series, so I will definitely be seeking them out if I don’t already have them lurking around on my kindle!

Highly recommended!

Previous Rachel Abbott blog posts:

Only The Innocent by Rachel Abbott

*Rachel Abbott Kill Me Again Blog Tour*

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