When your life is a lie, who can you trust?
When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well, although her husband, Duncan, doesn't appear to be so convinced. But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone or why. And then she discovers she's not the only one looking for him.
When a woman who looks just like Maggie is brutally murdered and DCI Tom Douglas is brought in to investigate, Maggie realises how little she knows about Duncan's past. Is he the man she loves? Who is he running from?
She doesn't have long to decide whether to trust him or betray him. Because one thing has been made clear to Maggie - another woman will die soon, and it might be her.
©2016 Rachel Abbott (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
"A Smooth and Classy Thriller"
Another classy, smooth thriller from Rachel Abbott. This one follows the incidence of a set of murders mimicking a similar series from a dozen years ago. Linking the two is DCI Tom Douglas of course and compared to the previous book in the series, Stranger Child, he is more prominent. It reads much more like a police drama as a result. Still though Abbott’s skill in gradually building the pressure and stress on her female lead Maggie is the key to the book. The increasing fear and paranoia result in both her and Douglas feeling the heat with the story cleverly entwining someone close to the policeman as well.
The narration of the story is very well handled by Lisa Coleman as it twists and turns its way to what I thought was an impressive conclusion. Who could anyone trust? Why were these strange and horrifying events occurring? Who was manipulating those events? Both Maggie and Tom get a thorough testing and emerge as strong characters with a varied and well detailed supporting cast. The reveals and twists that brought the novel to and end were very satisfying.
In short this is a smooth, well written and intelligent thriller. Although it’s a series I think it would still be very satisfying taken alone. A strong story and very, very well worth a credit.
"Good read but not as good as previous books"
Enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as previous books by Rachel Abbott. The performance was great, the narration a s good as ever, but the story I felt was a little too convoluted, a little too contrived and felt it was a bit unbelievable. I love Tom Douglas as a character and am liking Becky Robinson more as the books progress but this one ( to me) lacks a little of page turning appeal of the previous ones. Still.a good read , however, and I am looking forward to the next one already.
"Good story but...."
My 2nd Rachel Abbott audio and they do sound like they've been written by a teenager.....such a shame as decent storyline but language skills let it
You know when you get a Rachel Abbott story to listen too, everything else goes out of the window. This is brilliant, clever and very listenable. Recommended
"Good story, narration needs work"
This is a great gripping story, paced well and quite addictive once you get into it. The narration is pretty poor, and the narrator can only seem to do women's speech with any kind of plausible emotion and intonation. The narrative is incredibly robotic and ALL of the men's voices, perhaps in a bid to sound more masculine, have the cadence of "Let's lock and load!". Except they are saying thinks like "are you ok? I was worried about you", but it just sounds like "Let's lock and load!" It's actually hilarious but ruins the story a bit.
Well worth investing in this audiobook. It has layers that will keep you hooked till the last word!
"Very creepy in parts"
Best: the descriptions and the power cut sceneWorst: the character of Maggie - no way anyone would have behaved in this way. Such a whining irritating character.
Most: The ending.
Generally yes, but I sped up some of the cringingly annoying Maggie bits.
"Gripping as always!"
Another great book by Rachel Abbott. I have really enjoyed this series because the stories are well told and the characters are rounded and believable. The narration is fluent too. More please!
"Don't miss out"
Gripping all the way through. Very easy to follow and found myself finding every moment possible to sneek a chapter in.
All the way through this book I emphasised with the lead character Maggie, feeling her pain, frustration and shock at the great lie that was her life with her husband. I felt a little comfort that at least she had a work colleague to talk to even though she could not divulge it all. This colleague is a master in his own right, Rachel Abbott kept this gem right until the very end of the book. I won't spoil it for you but imagine you had what was a great marriage, two beautiful children a solace from the tough world of your job as a criminal defence lawyer, then one day your world is blown apart. Glimmers of the Man you once knew and one of the reasons you fell in love with him was all based on a lie, as it unravels you realise how gullible you had become. How far would you go to protect what is left of your life?
The DCI Tom Douglas & his side kick Becky make an amazing team, peeling back the layers of the case and never giving up the search for the truth.
Rachel Abbott this is a great book and an addictive story from start to finish.
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