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
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"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.
"It was catching from the start!"
despite most of the english crime books that have got lots of characters , some times more than necessary, this book had the optimum numbers and have optimum knowledge about them.
"Great series of books"
Love these books and the twists that always cone at the end. The ongoing story of the detective is good and always keeps you interested! looking forward to any more that get written!
"Awful. Cliche and repetition. Ridiculous plot."
Struggle is the word for this novel. I struggle to understand how it got published. The narrator was mediocre.
"Tight, gritty thriller"
The overall character development is filled out a little more, and the immediate plot is nicely unveiled in a series of set pieces. The characters are nicely moved along as the greater narrative gains from your empathy.
The main twist is signposted but not before the reader is allowed to imagine the various consequences of the main story, and to fully appreciate how that might feel.
A fine example of the genre with excellent local knowledge
I enjoyed it very much
Honestly just brilliant and gripping until the last words. Voice acting was brilliant too. 10/10
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.
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