The publication of another DCI Tom Douglas always provokes excitement and so I was thrilled to take part on the BlogTour to promote its publication on 15 February 2018.
Before we get to my review of the latest thrilling episode Rachel Abbott kindly agreed to tell me about her last five reads – spookily so many of these, well all in fact, also sit on my own bookshelf. How many are on yours?
My Last Five Reads by Rachel Abbott
I have just finished a book called Hell Bay by the wonderful Kate Rhodes. I have been a fan of her books for a number of years, and nobody gives a better sense of place or character than this author. The body of a teenage girl is washed up on the shore of a small island in the Scilly Isles and a new detective – DI Ben Kitto – is asked to investigate. I suspect this is not the last we will see of Kitto – I certainly hope not.
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell is another of my recent reads. Such a clever plot, and the strands slowly come together to a dramatic conclusion. It’s another story about a teenage girl who goes missing, but ten years later, when her mother has given up all hope of finding Ellie, she meets a new man and her heart almost stops when she meets his daughter. She is the image of Ellie. It is rare when a thriller also breaks your heart, but this one does just that.
This book isn’t out until April, but it’s available for pre-order now. I was lucky enough to be able to get a pre-release copy. As with all books by Sharon Bolton, one of my favourite authors, The Craftsman delivers compulsive reading. Dark and disturbing, it is the story of a Larry Glassbrook who confesses to a series of child murders. But now he is dead, and the young policewoman who originally arrested him returns to the scene. Did she get it wrong all those years ago, or is history about to repeat itself?
Although there is nothing current about this book, I recently reread Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I was asked to run a workshop on How to Write Suspense, and I wanted to use examples from a single book. Rebecca was the first novel to come to mind, and reading it with the specific purpose of focusing on the language was a wonderful experience. I have always loved the story – which I suspect needs no introduction to readers of this blog – but this time I enjoyed it for du Maurier’s amazing choice of words.
One of the books I have been looking forward to since I first heard of it is Anatomy of a Scandal (and what a brilliant title!). It is the story of a junior Home Office minister, James, who is accused of rape by one of this colleagues. The point of view shifts between James, his wife and the prosecuting barrister, and author Sarah Vaughan manages to combine all the elements of a psychological thriller with a tense and exciting court room drama. It was certainly worth waiting for; the plot twists and turns to the very end.
All I can say is that Rachel Abbott has very good taste in books!
Well we are already up to number seven in the DCI Tom Douglas and all I can say is Rachel Abbott keeps coming up with original ideas for our dear detective to solve. This book is dark and yet delicious.
I’ll admit I was a tad confused at the beginning. First there is a dead body in a twitcher’s hide with no clue how she got there, next there a young woman is jetting away from her awful boyfriend to visit Myanmar in memory of her dearly missed grandfather and lastly and most confusingly there are some women, who don’t talk and listen for footsteps. All very weird and if I didn’t trust Rachel Abbott as much as I do, I’d swear she’d lost the plot so to speak. Fortunately she hasn’t, it’s all under control, careful control with more than a dash of inspirational writing.
As always I was drawn into the story, ok I might not have had a clue what was unfolding but that doesn’t mean that each separate strand wasn’t compelling in its own right and I was more than happy to follow wherever it took me. Well that was a mistake, this book freaked me out! This author knows how to pull the spook out of the bag without any warning. Give me blood and gore any day to something that is completely crazy on one level, but absolutely believable on another. This is all the harder because the book is jam-packed full of action and so you barely have time to catch your breath following revelations in one strand when you are hit with something big in another strand.
As you can probably tell, I’m not able to give much away of what the plot consists of as that would entirely spoil the surprise for you. What I can say is we have the same characters in the Manchester CID. Becky is pregnant and not willing to sit back and watch Tom have all the excitement, the junior officer is a clever cookie and will clearly go far sitting back and putting the clues together to move the investigation forward and the chief is still urging Tom to attend meetings about crime figures. The other characters are brilliantly drawn with Ian the awful boyfriend being a composition of men you will have met in your lifetime however lucky you’ve been. Callie his girlfriend is far too nice but just finding the guts to do what she wants, hence the solo trip to Myanmar. The women in the shadows are also real women, once they speak, underlining one of the trademarks of these books that even the minor characters are not skimped. The look and behave as people you meet do. Ok so hopefully the people you meet aren’t in quite so much danger, but you know what I mean.
If you’re reading this series you really don’t want to miss out on this episode, it starts well and builds into such a crescendo it had me gasping for breath. If you aren’t reading this series and you enjoy brilliant crime fiction, why not?
I’d like to say a huge thank you to Rachel for providing me with an advance review copy of Come A Little Closer and for agreeing to provide an insight into her own reading habits. This unbiased review is my thank you to her.
First Published UK: 15 February 2018
Publisher: Black Dot Publishing Ltd
No of Pages: 406
Genre: Crime Fiction – Series
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Web : http://www.rachel-abbott.com
The Rachel Abbott DCI Tom Douglas Books in order:
Only The Innocent
The Back Road
Nowhere Child (Novella)
Kill Me Again
The Sixth Window
20 thoughts on “Come A Little Closer – Rachel Abbott #BlogTour #GuestPost #BookReview”
I still haven’t got round to reading Rachel Abbott’s books – it sounds like I really should!
You are missing out Margaret 😊
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Is it best to read them in order? I have Stranger Child – the 4th book, so I’m hoping it will be OK as a stand-alone book. I meant to say in my first comment that I can’t stand much blood and gore in my reading, but seem to be able to cope with psychological thrillers!
Although there is a central character all of the books are complete in their own right so it is one of those series you can enjoy out of order
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I am reading The Craftsman very soon and I’m still hoping to squeeze Anatomy of a Scandal in the next weeks. I really need to jump on the Rachel Abbott train wagon!
I’ve got several of Rachel’s books – maybe all of them up to now, but have not started them as yet. I need to do that. This one sounds great – maybe I’ll just start here. As to her 5 books – 4 are on my TBR and I’m looking forward to them. Rebecca, I’ve read and loved. Bet that workshop she taught was great! Wish I could attend something like that. Well, I don’t want to write, but I’d love to listen.
Great review as always. Also, I am always fascinated by what respected authors read. This was a fab addition to the review.
This new Rachel Abbott sounds great, Cleo. And I like those top 5 reads, too! Several of them are books I’ve either really enjoyed, or want to read. It’s always interesting to me to see what people enjoy reading, and I”m glad you’ve shared that.
I love sneaking a peek at other people’s reads but I wasn’t expecting Rachel’s entire list to be a match for my bookshelf
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I haven’t read any Rachel Abbott books…yet; I do have The Sixth Window waiting on Pippa.
As for your other books, I loved Anatomy of a Scandal, and Rebecca was a favorite many years ago. I have a copy for re-read…someday.
Enjoy your reading!
😊 well worth a read and as for Rachel’s recent reads I re-read Rebecca a couple of years ago and it was just as good!
Ooh, I do like to be freaked out! And just had a sneaky peek and see it appears to be in third person past tense. Would it work as a standalone?
It would there is a story arc across the series but not so much that it interferes with the enjoyment of any individual books (although the novella Nowhere Child is a follow up to the previous book)
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Well, I always like jumping in in the middle of a series, so onto the wishlist it goes… 😀
I love Rachel Abbott books – I’ve read them all now. This was definitely darker than the rest, but just as hard to put down!
Oh yes! Have you heard she’s releasing a psychological thriller in the autumn called And So It Begins?
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Yep – can’t wait 😀