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One Dark Secret. One act of revenge. When Emma Joseph met her husband David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the... Read more
One Dark Secret. One act of revenge. When Emma Joseph met her husband David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident. Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie. Then a stranger walks into their lives, and their world tilts on its axis. Emma's life no longer feels secure. Does she know what really happened all those years ago? And why does she feel so frightened for herself and for her baby? When a desperate Emma reaches out to her old friend DCI Tom Douglas for help, she puts all their lives in jeopardy. Before long, a web of deceit is revealed that shocks both Emma and Tom to the core. They say you should never trust a stranger. Maybe they're right.
Rachel Abbott is a British author of psychological thrillers. Her first three self-published novels have combined to sell over one million copies, and have all been bestsellers on Amazon's Kindle store.Abbott was born in Worsley, Manchester, England and grew up in nearby Swinton. She was educated at Moorside Primary School and Eccles Grammar School. After leaving school she worked in a number of roles - from secretary to training manager - before returning to college in Manchester to train as a systems analyst.Abbott's father ran his own business as a butchers' outfitter, and she, her mother and sister both worked in the business. A year after qualifying as a systems analyst in 1981 Abbott decided to establish her own company to develop interactive software for schools. Over the next twenty years the company grew into a medium sized interactive media company, developing software and websites for education and was sold in 2000.Following the sale, Abbott moved from her home in Saddleworth, Lancashire, England, to Italy, where she restored a 15th-century Italian monastery that for a time she and her husband operated as a venue for weddings and group holidays.In 2009, Rodgers decided to write a book about an ordinary woman put into a situation where she had no other option but to commit murder. It took Rodgers 18 months to write the first draft. In November 2011, after it was rejected by several literary agents, Rodgers, then 59, self-published her first novel, Only the Innocent, on Amazon, under the pen name Rachel Abbott. The book sold slowly at first, but her experience in business left her well qualified to crack the self-publishing market and sales took off after Abbott put together a strong marketing campaign.Abbott followed up Only the Innocent in 2013 with The Back Road and in 2014 with Sleep Tight. Her fourth novel, Stranger Child, was published on February 24, 2015. All four books focus on relationships, crime and the dark nature which lurks inside us all. "Everyone's had murderous thoughts," says Abbott. "I like to focus on the events which tip people over the precipice and into the void." The books feature the same character detective, Chief Inspector Tom Douglas. Abbott has described him as "a genuinely honest, nice guy who just seems to be attracted to the wrong women."By 2015, Abbott's first three novels, all self-published in the UK, had combined to sell one million copies. All three have been bestsellers in Amazon's Kindle store. Amazon has said that Rachel Abbott is one of its most successful self-published UK authors; she is Amazon's number one e-book seller in crime and thriller writing. Working with an agent since 2012, she self-publishes in the UK, and her first two books through Thomas and Mercer in North America. Her books have been translated into twelve different languages
Stranger Child is a story of revenge. When Caroline Joseph is killed in a car crash, nobody can explain what has happened to the child who was travelling with her mother. The car is empty. Six years later, Caroline's husband has remarried and he has a new baby son. And then a stranger enters their lives, and their world falls apart.
When Laura Fletcher approaches her home in Oxfordshire to find hordes of photographers crowding the gates, she knows there is something terribly wrong. She is faced with the shocking news that her husband is dead - brutally murdered - and according to Chief Inspector Tom Douglas, there is little doubt that the murderer is a woman. In a marriage that has taken her from the glamorous five star...
A girl lies close to death in a dark, deserted lane. A driver drags her body to the side of the road. A shadowy figure hides in the trees, watching and waiting. For Ellie Saunders last night's hit and run on the back road could destroy everything she has. She was out that night, but if she reveals where she was and why, her family will be torn apart. She is living on a knife-edge, knowing that her...
Eight months ago Tasha Joseph ran away, and her stepmother, Emma, has been searching for her ever since. She is desperate to give Tasha the home and security she deserves. The problem is, Emma isn't the only one looking for Tasha.
And So It Begins is a darkly compulsive psychological thriller with all the hallmarks of a Rachel Abbott bestseller - a provocative dilemma, richly-layered mystery, knife-edge tension, and brilliant characterization. Perfect for fans of Clare Mackintosh and Lisa Jewell.
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...
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