Blog Tour~ Come A Little Closer by Rachel Abbott

Hi everyone,

Today is my stop on the Come A Little Closer blog tour, and I get to share a video and an extract with you guys! 🙂

About the author:

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Rachel Abbott’s debut thriller, Only the Innocent, was an international bestseller, reaching the number one position in the Amazon charts both in the UK and US. This was followed by the number one bestselling novels The Back Road, Sleep Tight, Stranger Child, Nowhere Child (a short novel based on the characters from Stranger Child), Kill Me Again and The Sixth Window. Her most recent novel, Come a Little Closer, is available from February 2018.

Rachel’s novels have now been translated into over 20 languages and her books have sold over 2.8 million copies in the English language.

In 2015 Amazon celebrated the first five years of the Kindle in the UK, and announced that Rachel was the #1 bestselling independent author over the five-year period. She was also placed #14 in the chart of all authors. Stranger Child was the most borrowed novel for the Kindle in the first half of 2015.

Rachel splits her time between Alderney – a beautiful island off the coast of France – and the Le Marche region of Italy, where she is able to devote all her time to writing fiction. For more information, see Rachel’s website, or follow her on Twitter.

Rachel’s website can be found at

Website : http://www.rachel-abbott.com
Blog : http://rachelabbottwriter.com/
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/RachelAbbott1Writer
Twitter: @RachelAbbott

 

About the book:

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They will be coming soon. They come every night. 

Snow is falling softly as a young woman takes her last breath.

Fifteen miles away, two women sit silently in a dark kitchen. They don’t speak, because there is nothing left to be said.

Another woman boards a plane to escape the man who is trying to steal her life. But she will have to return, sooner or later.

These strangers have one thing in common. They each made one bad choice – and now they have no choices left. Soon they won’t be strangers, they’ll be family…

When DCI Tom Douglas is called to the cold, lonely scene of a suspicious death, he is baffled. Who is she? Where did she come from? How did she get there? How many more must die? 

Who is controlling them, and how can they be stopped? 

Published today, you can click HERE to order your copy!

Check out this awesome video:

 

Come A Little Closer~ Extract:

The two women sat at either end of a small pine table, both staring at the bowls of soup in front of them. As if by some unspoken command, they picked up their spoons at the same time and slowly started to scoop the dark brown liquid into their mouths.
A single low-wattage bulb dangled above them, creating a pool of light in the centre of the table, leaving the rest of the room in shadow. The only sound was the clink of metal spoons on earthenware bowls.
For a few moments neither of them spoke.
‘She’s gone, then,’ the younger of the two finally said, pushing her straggly hair behind her ears. The other one grunted in agreement and carried on eating. ‘She was ready, I think.’
Another grunt was all she got by way of response. The woman opposite was next in line. She had been there the longest, and was preparing herself for the day when she would leave, when her time and her usefulness were done.
‘At least we get a break now,’ the young woman said, trying once more to start a conversation.
There was no answer, but slowly the other woman lifted hollow eyes to look at her.
‘I’m ready to go,’ she said finally. ‘I don’t want to wait any longer.’
They rarely spoke. At times they weren’t allowed to, but when they were down here, alone, they could – if they wanted to. Usually they were too tired, too lethargic, and there was always so much to do.
The young woman felt as if every bone in her body had turned to jelly. It was hard to find the strength to get through the day, and she had to force herself to get out of bed each morning.
In spite of the listlessness that she seemed unable to shake, she still sometimes tried to fight against what was happening to her. But as she kept being told, she was safe here. She was fed, warm and only had to do the tasks she was set each day to pay for her keep. The alternative was far, far worse.

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The Sixth Window by Rachel Abbott- Rachel Abbott’s Hot Books for 2017

Hi everyone,

Today is my turn on the blog tour for The Sixth Window, the new DCI Tom Douglas novel, by bestselling author Rachel Abbott. I have a great guest post for you all but first, here’s the all-important book info!

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About the book:

The perfect man… or a perfect stranger?

After eighteen months of grieving for her husband Bernie, killed in a horrific hit and run accident, Natalie Grey has found love with her husband’s best friend – Ed Cooper – and has moved herself and fifteen year old daughter, Scarlett, into his home. But Natalie begins to suspect Ed has a dark side – and even darker intentions.

Desperate to get her daughter to a place of safety, she and Scarlett move to a new home that holds secrets of its own. But has removing Scarlett from one potential threat placed her in far greater danger?

DCI Tom Douglas is also chasing the truth, as his investigation into the suicide of a teenage girl draws him ever closer to Natalie and Scarlett. But will he be too late to protect them from the peril they face, or from the truths that will tear their lives apart?

Out now in ebook, click HERE to get your copy!

About the author:

Rachel Abbott’s debut thriller, Only the Innocent, was an international bestseller, reaching the number one position in the Amazon charts both in the UK and US. This was followed by the number one bestselling novels The Back Road, Sleep Tight and Stranger Child, Nowhere Child (a short novel based on the characters from Stranger Child) and Kill Me Again. In February 2017 Rachel released her seventh novel, The Sixth Window.

Her novels have been translated into over 20 languages.

In 2015 Amazon celebrated the first five years of the Kindle in the UK, and announced that Rachel was the #1 bestselling independent author over the five-year period. She was also placed #14 in the chart of all authors. Stranger Child was the most borrowed novel for the Kindle in the first half of 2015.

Rachel splits her time between Alderney – a beautiful island off the coast of France – and the Le Marche region of Italy, where she is able to devote all her time to writing fiction. For more information, see Rachel’s website, or follow her on Twitter.

Rachel’s website can be found at

Website : http://www.rachel-abbott.com
Blog : http://rachelabbottwriter.com/
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/RachelAbbott1Writer
Twitter: @RachelAbbott

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Rachel Abbott’s Hot Books for 2017

Like most readers, I look forward eagerly to new books from my favourite authors, but it’s also good to find new writers to add to the list, and I am lucky enough to occasionally get advance copies of books to read from the publishers. It’s a great way to discover novels that otherwise I might not have read, and the first book in my list comes into that category. And it’s one book that I would have hate to have missed.

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

I was sent a pre-release copy of this book some months ago, and I couldn’t believe it was a debut novel. I loved everything about it, and will be buying my very own copy very soon – it’s just out now. The shout line on the Amazon page says it all:

One body. Six victims.

Not only is it an incredible plot that will keep you hooked throughout, but as a book it has more to offer than most thrillers – because Daniel Cole has a dark humour that I found irresistible.  

***I second this wholeheartedly!!!!***

Lost Girls – Angela Marsons

Two girls go missing. Only one will return. The couple that offers the highest amount will see their daughter again. The losing couple will not. Make no mistake. One child will die.

What an introduction to a story! I haven’t read this, but I LOVE Angela Marsons’ books. This one is out later in the year, but I will definitely be reading it as soon as I can. The protagonist in the series is DI Kim Stone – a fascinating character with her own demons – and Angela has developed her so well that I feel as if I know her.

Wrong Place – Michelle Davies

Michelle’s debut novel, Gone Astray, is an excellent story, so compelling, and Michelle is a brilliant writer. She introduces a family liaison officer as her main police character, which gives a different and fascinating perspective on the crimes. I used a FLO (as they are known) in my first novel, and enjoyed the insights into the family that the role provided. Unlike me, Michelle has carried the character forward into this second book, and it’s another one that I’ve had the pleasure of reading in advance. It begins with the story of a man whose attempt to kill his wife fails, as does his attempt to commit suicide. Somehow, DC Maggie Neville – who has her own secrets – has to try to unravel the complex case.

Dead Woman Walking – Sharon Bolton

I am a huge fan of Sharon Bolton and, this book has a brilliant with a shout line of:

She’s seen the killer’s face. But he’s also seen hers…

it sounds like one that I have to read. I have read every single book written by Sharon Bolton, so it’s a given that I will be reading this one. Her books over the years have been so different – from Awakening – a book described as a “gothic thriller” to the Lacey Flint series, and she seems able to surprise with each new novel.

Into the Water – Paula Hawkins

Surely readers everywhere must be waiting for this book? I don’t think I know anybody who hasn’t read The Girl on the Train, and so this is a highly anticipated release later in 2017.  Described as:

Aan urgent, satisfying read that hinges on the stories we tell about our pasts and their power to destroy the lives we live now

It’s a book that’s bound to have everybody talking. I can’t wait.

I’m always looking for recommendations; so if there’s a book readers have loved recently please do share! You can tweet me @RachelAbbott


As always, my thanks to Rachel Abbott for this brilliant post, and to Maura for inviting me to take part in the blog tour!

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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.

Click HERE to get your copy!

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*

*Rachel Abbott Kill Me Again Blog Tour*

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Hey everyone!

Today is my stop on the Kill Me Again blog tour! For any of you who don’t know, Rachel Abbott is the UK’s most successful self-published authors and Kill Me Again was released on the 17th of February.

 

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I’m delighted to be able to share with you Rachel’s Top Five Thrilling Reads, so without further ado, have a read! 😉


TOP FIVE THRILLERS

 

I have loved thrillers for as long as I can remember, and I’ve read so many brilliant ones it’s really hard to remember them all. I’ve chosen a few here, but I could have come up with a much longer list.

 

My favourite types of thrillers are those in which the investigation team are on the periphery. They may well have strong personalities of their own and play a vital role in the story, but essentially the story is about the victims and the perpetrators, so we see majority of the action from their perspective. There are a couple of exceptions in this list below, but they are all good reads – so much so that most have been made into films.

 

 

Misery – Stephen King – 

Every writer’s nightmare in the terrifying flesh, being kidnapped by a super fan who has mental health issues and a burning desire to keep you in one place by any means necessary. I have fresh respect for the plight of Paul Sheldon being forced to write a book to please the unhinged, violent Annie Wilkes every time I walk past a sledgehammer. This is a true thriller.

 

Silence of the Lambs – Thomas Harris – 

High-functioning psychopath and incarcerated cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter is approached by his darling Clarice Starling for help with another serial killer. Buffalo Bill skins his female victim’s corpses. There are a hundred reasons to love this book but I’m afraid I love it most for a gruesome one-liner involving a vest!

 

Before I go to Sleep – SJ Watson – 

The idea behind this book is brilliant. It’s the kind of idea that I’m sure most writers wish they had thought of first. The main character, Christine Lucas, has lost her life because she has lost her memory. Every night when she goes to sleep, her memory is wiped and so she records her daily existence to figure out who she really is. Gradually she discovers, through reading the diaries, that something isn’t quite right. But who should she trust?

 

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson – 

I confess that it took me a while to get into this book. The early part of the story didn’t grab me, but I am so glad that I persevered. The story has so many twists and turns and sub-plots that it is quite a mental work out. Larsson has several strands all leading to a story of rape, sexual assault and murder, and I loved the way the tiniest nuggets of information became so hugely important. And I don’t think I guessed who the killer was until the very end – always the sign of a good book.

 

The Body Farm – Patricia Cornwell – 

Any book that involves the death of children recalls Brady and Hindley for me, especially as I used to live in Saddleworth – the area in which this couple buried some of the bodies of their victims. In The Body Farm, Kay Scarpetta investigates the brutal murder of an 11-year-old girl and it looks like the handiwork of a serial killer who has dodged the FBI for years. Unlike the others, this is more focused on the investigation – but as with most books by this author, that doesn’t mean that the main characters are safe from harm. Far from it. I particularl love the fact that an actual research facility for the study of human decomposition was the inspiration for the title and the plot.


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Ive read three out of the five books listed, and have the other two on my TBR so I must root them out and read them! 😉

 

***There’s also a giveaway running here and on Twitter for a paperback book and T-shirt saying ‘careful, or you’ll end up in my next novel’! All you have to do, is comment below or on Twitter with your favourite crime book OF ALL TIME. It’s that simple! A winner will be chosen at random, and their prize sent out!***

(UK & IRE ONLY)


Here’s some links if you want to keep up with Rachel Abbott:

Twitter: @RachelAbbott

Facebook: Rachel Abbott1Writer

Website: www.rachel-abbott.com

Only The Innocent by Rachel Abbott

Thanks to publicist Katie Brown for my copy of Only The Innocent!  I’ve had another of Rachel’s books on my TBR for ages, but hadn’t had a chance to get to it! Incidentally, I’m on the blog tour for Kill Me Again this weekend!

 

About the book (via Goodreads):



A man is dead. The killer is a woman. But what secrets lie beneath the surface – so dark that a man has to die?

Women are rarely cold blooded killers. But when famous philanthropist Hugo Fletcher is found dead, there is no doubt in anybody’s mind that the killer is a woman. And it is clear from the precision of the planning that this was no crime of passion. It was an execution.
The victim was revered the world over for his charitable work with trafficked Eastern European prostitutes, and as at least one of these girls is missing, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is certain that there has to be a connection.
But nothing is as it appears on the surface. A web of complex relationships is gradually revealed and it seems that everybody has something to hide. As each horrific secret is exposed, Tom Douglas begins to realise that this is much more than a simple murder case. And he has a terrible dilemma to face – whether to punish the guilty, or protect the innocent.

 

My thoughts: 

Having not read any of Rachel Abbott’s books before now (shame on me, I know!!!), I had no idea what to expect when I started Only The Innocent.

The book opens with the murder of wealthy philanthropist Hugo Fletcher. The nature of this opener demands you continue reading until the very end of the book!

DCI Tom Douglas is charged with investigating the killing, and during the course of his investigation there are more twists and turns than you can keep up with!

I’m sucker for a good lead, and Tom (first name terms already! 😉) is definitely added to my list. I loved the way he was written and this made it so much easier to continue reading as I was intrigued to see how his empathetic nature would play out between the pages.

Only The Innocent is not your average whodunnit. There is much more than meets the eye with the various characters in this book. While I had my suspicions early on, it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much so that I think I have all the others bought to read now too. As if I need more books, I know! 😂

I gave Only The Innocent 4⭐️ on Goodreads, and you can pick up a copy HERE.