Summer is here and the pace is slowing as we prepare for family breaks.
Whether you are able to travel to other countries, visit places closer to home for a few weeks or binge on day trips, you should find more opportunities to disengage from reality and immerse yourself in a good book.
I am offering a short series of recommended reads for those of you who enjoy reading crime novels over the Summer months. These are books I have read and enjoyed.
Why Rachel Abbott?
Well, this probably sounds slightly creepy, I have been a frequent stalker of hers throughout her writing journey ever since I bought Only the Innocent in late 2011. The concept of a female killer in the book and the reasons behind the killing intrigued me, as did the introduction of DCI Tom Douglas.
Those of you who follow my blog will be aware of my fascination with character development. I believe it is a driving force throughout a novel. In a series this happens over time with the possibility of intricate relationships being explored and developed from one novel to the next.
That is exactly what Rachel Abbott does so well. Her stories have fast paced story lines and she makes the reader care for the characters.
Another reason I have chosen a book written by Rachel Abbott is because she is an inspiration to indie authors. As a person who initially wrote a great story and made the decision to self-publish her novel, which went on to be an Amazon number one bestseller, she can only be admired.
For Rachel Abbott her writing career began after retirement. The fact that she has been so successful in later life is another reason why, in my eyes, she is a virtual mentor.
Rachel is not only a successful author but also a business woman adept in marketing, publishing and running a lucrative business. She works hard, in a career she enjoys, to achieve success and also finds time to have regular interaction with readers.
Why Stranger Child?
I have just finished reading Stranger Child and had to write this blog to recommend the book to you.
From the minute I began the prologue I had to keep reading. The tension in the first few pages of the book set up not only the need to read further but unanswered questions and the beginnings of an intricate plot.
A snippet of the prologue below:
“Caroline, are you home yet?”…
“Not yet. Why? Who is this?”
“Just listen to me. Whatever you do, you must not stop the car. Whatever happens, do not under any circumstances stop the car.” The man was speaking lowland fast. “Go home. Go straight home. Are you listening to me?”
Ready to find out more?
As a reader how did the book affect me?
As a reader I found myself empathetic to the family who soon become victims, as a result of a previous event, and as the story unraveled further my alliances as a reader came into question.
DCI Tom Douglas plays a leading role in the investigation and the reader is allowed to glimpse further into his personal life. As the plot becomes more complex connections to the past are revealed that have resulted in an intricate web of lie
The antagonists are realistic and at points in the book terrifying. Rachel Abbott often manages to portray their personalities within a few sentences, enough to unsettle the reader.
I was also enthralled by the appearance of an anti-hero who you cannot help rooting for as the story unfolds.
The end of the story is satisfying and the majority of the readers questions are answered.
However, interestingly, I am now part way through reading Nowhere Child. The novella was published in October 2016, eight months after the publication of Stranger Child.
I believe the reason for this publication was the reader’s need to find out what happened to one of the main characters in the novel, thirteen year old Natasha Joseph.
I must say that I for one am glad of this follow up novella. I am entranced once again by the world of DCI Tom Douglas. The continuation of Natasha Joseph’s story, in the form of Nowhere Child, is like a good Cognac served at the end of a frivolous dinner party without which the night would be incomplete.
Below is a short trailer to give you a taste of what to expect from Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott
I will write a short update on the Writer’s Journey page when I finish reading Nowhere Child.
About Rachel Abbott:
Rachel Abbott, who was born and raised in Manchester,
founded her own interactive media company in the 1980s, before selling it and retiring in 2005. She then moved to Italy where she worked on the renovation of a 15th century Italian monastery, and it was here that, one day, she found herself snowed in and decided to begin writing for pleasure. This became her debut novel Only The Innocent, which she went on to publish via Kindle Direct Publishing, topping their chart for 4 weeks.
Abbott has since written Back Road, Sleep Tight, Stranger Child , Kill Me Again and a novella, Nowhere Child. Her latest novel is Sixth Window. She splits her time between Alderney in the Channel Islands and Italy.
Rachel Abbott website http://www.rachel-abbott.com
Rachel Abbott blog http://rachelabbottwriter.wordpress.com
Twitter account #1 https://twitter.com/_RachelAbbott
Twitter account #2 https://twitter.com/Rachel__Abbott
In my opinion you should read a sample of Stranger Child on Amazon especially if Rachel Abbott is a new author for you to try. Also remember to check out her other books on her website above, you will not be disappointed.
Let me know what you thought of the book or any other book you read of Rachel’s in the comments below.
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