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Only the Innocent | [Rachel Abbott]

Only the Innocent

When billionaire philanthropist Sir Hugo Fletcher is discovered murdered in his London home, tied naked to a bed, the scandal is only a shadow of the darkness lurking off-camera. Laura Fletcher returns from an Italian vacation to find her home under siege by paparazzi. Is she shocked? Yes. But is she distraught? Not exactly. Chief Inspector Tom Douglas reveals his suspicions that Hugo’s killer is female. The deeper Douglas digs, the more sordid details he uncovers.
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Publisher's Summary

When billionaire philanthropist Sir Hugo Fletcher is discovered murdered in his London home, tied naked to a bed, the scandal is only a shadow of the darkness lurking off-camera.

Laura Fletcher returns from an Italian vacation to find her home under siege by paparazzi. Is she shocked? Yes. But is she distraught? Not exactly. Chief Inspector Tom Douglas reveals his suspicions that Hugo’s killer is female. The deeper Douglas digs, the more sordid details he uncovers. And yet nothing compares to the secret Laura guards, a secret that could bring the guilty to justice - or destroy an innocent life forever.

©2013 Rachel Abbott (P)2013 Oakhill Publishing

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    "Needs editing."
    What disappointed you about Only the Innocent?

    I could not enjoy the story due to the poor editing. I had to discard listening in the early part .A character was described as 'looking out a window while walking around a room doing various things.' All that was said in one sentence.Aside from the visual image of a buffoon walking into furniture trying to do things with their head cranked around looking out a window, I''m supposed to believe that an intelligent character was doing that. A good editor would have pointed out the wisdom of separating the actions. When I struck the second such poorly constructed sentence that even a program such as Grammarly would have pointed out was clumsy construction, I returned the book for a refund.


    What was most disappointing about Rachel Abbott’s story?

    Badly edited.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Salla
    Tampere, Finland
    9/5/14
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    "Book I wanted return to as soon as possible"

    Rachel Abbott was a new writer for me. I greatly enjoyed the flow of the story and how it gradually revealed issues important to the murder. I found myself waiting for the moment when I could continue listening from where I had to stop before. It was exactly the kind of book I wanted to listen to when feeling bit tired after the day at work.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Minty
    12/5/14
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    "Engaging book undermined by cringe-worthy narrator"
    What did you like most about Only the Innocent?

    This was a good story line with some sympathetic characters that made me want to persevere with the book - more of that later in the review!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom was an interesting character drawn more deeply than many policemen in crime fiction and I found myself caring about what he thought and how he would manage his situation.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Sadly the narrator was the wrong choice for this book. He couldn't bring to life the female characters and instead it was like listening to a comedic rendering of a bunch of insipid females (think David Walliams in Little Britain!) with the one exception of the character of Beatrice, who was given a more forthright and punchy tone. If I were the author of this book I would be pretty upset that my work had been so diminished by such a reading.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, from a story-line perspective I did want to work through it in one sitting. However I really had to steel my nerves to endure the narration such was the intrusion of the different tones used, and had it not been for the good story then I would have given up.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it would be worth re-narrating this book with with a male reader who has the ability to portray female characters and do them, the story and the author justice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • R
    United Kingdom
    10/4/14
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    "dreadful narration"

    The appalling narration has prompted me to write my first review despite listening to over 100 books.
    The voices put on were nauseating.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Escowbeck
    6/25/15
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    "Chilling and Gripping"

    A chilling and gripping psychological thriller. Good characterisation. The book builds up well to it's climax

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • LucyD
    6/5/15
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    "Spine chilling"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Only the Innocent to be better than the print version?

    I like them both but the audio edition means I can listen whilst I do other things.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending. It was brilliant.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastically written book with deep insights in the characters and why they tick

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne Leguen de Lacroix
    5/21/15
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    "Good story shame about the narrator"

    Narrator unsuited for this book. He made characters sound too old. However I enjoyed the story, kept me gripped till the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dale_mcewan
    5/13/15
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    "Interesting and unpredictable."

    A little lengthy but nevertheless enjoyable. Human trafficking and mad pedophiles are not my usual fare and will not be in the future, the story , however twists and turns and I carried on to the end to find out who did it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Tranent, United Kingdom
    4/29/15
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    "Good storyline"

    This is a good book and one that keeps you listening. The narrator is very good in the male parts, however the female voices were reminiscent of Hinge and Bracket!!! Peter Wickham is an excellent story teller but he should stick to the masculine.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M. Hayes
    United Kingdom
    4/16/15
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    "Good story let down by shocking narration :("

    I liked the story. It had an interesting plot, plausible characters and the pace was fine. However the narration was just terrible. The male narrator's rendition of the female characters was almost comedic - think David Walliams 'I am a lay-dee' or Hinge and Bracket. He put on this awful 'posh and squeaky' voice, so that all the women sounded like something out of a black and white 1940s melodrama. It was most off-putting. Given that most of the central characters were women, it would have been far better to use a female narrator - for instance Rosamund Pike is great at narrating both male and female parts. Such a shame that the narration spoiled what would otherwise have been an enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    4/4/15
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    "Loved it."

    I could not stop listening to it. Disturbing and gripping can't wait to listen to the next one! A audible must

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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