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.
Enjoyed this book, lots of twists and turns. Easy to keep up with the plot.
"First time for everything"
This is my first time listening to an Audio book and certainly won't be my last. Equally it was my first book by Rachel Abbott and again it won't be my last. Gripping from start to finish, and beautifully read by Lisa Coleman. My dilemma now is which one do I listen to next!
"Stunning. Classic thriller with twists aplenty"
Great characters with a roller coaster storey line., supported by superb narration. Go buy it.
"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.
Wowzer - another Tom Douglass book - twists and turns I couldn't stop listening - great story - I can't wait for the next one xx
"Great story, well read. gripping."
Great story, very well read. gripping. kept me wholly entranced until very end. narrator excellent
Kill me again....and again...and again. I would certainly read this book again, the DCI Douglas series is excellent, with this book being no exception.
The whole book was memorable, it gripped me from beginning to end, i finished listening to it in 3 days!!
i didnt hone in on one particular character, Lisa brings them all alive.
Even though i guessed what the twist would be about half way through the book it still kept me gled to my headphones...Well done Rachel
Looking forward to the next installment of DCI Tom Douglas
"A good listen!"
I guessed what the twist would be very early on but still definitely worth a listen. Very good!
"Read Me Again - and Again"
Fast. Gripping. Exciting.
There wasn't a moment to pause or feel bored. It kept me wanting to know more. The ending was creative and a good plot twist.
No. But it made me want to keep reading and held my attention.
I can see why Rachel Abbott is a best-selling author. More please.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.