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The Back Road | [Rachel Abbott]

The Back Road

In a quiet country village, secrets abound. When young Abbie Campbell is knocked over and left for dead on the back road of the village of Little Melham, waves of shock ripple through the small community, threatening to expose long-kept secrets. For Ellie Saunders, the truth about that night puts both her marriage and the safety of her children in jeopardy - she has to protect her family, no matter what the cost.
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Publisher's Summary

In a quiet country village, secrets abound. When young Abbie Campbell is knocked over and left for dead on the back road of the village of Little Melham, waves of shock ripple through the small community, threatening to expose long-kept secrets. For Ellie Saunders, the truth about that night puts both her marriage and the safety of her children in jeopardy - she has to protect her family, no matter what the cost. Her neighbor, former detective Tom Douglas, has escaped to Little Melham in search of a quiet life, but finds himself drawn into the web of deceit as his every instinct tells him that what happened to Abbie was far more than a tragic accident.

In this gripping novel, the peaceful English countryside belies the horrible truths that lurk beneath the trimmed hedgerows, behind the closed doors of smart sitting rooms, and within unspoken conversations.

©2013 Rachel Abbott (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 01-08-15
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 01-08-15 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Intriguing Mystery in Small English Town"

    When I first started listening to The Back Road, I wasn't at all sure I was going to like it. It seemed as though the entire book was going to be a dark tale of abuse. But it wasn't that at all. The sisters, Ellie and Leo, who share the same father, but different mothers, and their different paths growing up is a big part of the story. The small town, where everybody knows their neighbor, (or thinks they do) is very interesting . . . and it kept me totally intrigued as the "skeletons" kept coming out of the closets. The book is a bit long, but after the first hour, I found myself fully engaged and vested in the characters. Some are prickly, some disgusting, some standoffish, some kind, some misunderstood, and some I wanted to wrap my arms around and hug. This is a well written, well thought out book, and I never would have guessed the ending. Well worth the wait!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Horror movie buff USA 07-24-14
    Horror movie buff USA 07-24-14
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    "Long, but great dialogue and drama"
    What did you love best about The Back Road?

    I most enjoyed the dialogue and relationships between the people. The book's focus is more on dialogue and less on settings or action. Conversations help describe the relationships between the people in the village, and there is a lot of of drama played out via these interactions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Back Road?

    The dinner party. I absolutely loved this scene and thought about it often while listening to the rest of the book. Several characters are introduced in early chapters, and they all attend the same dinner party where much happened via conversation. The author did a great job making me feel like a fly on the wall observing all of the verbal action that was unfolding.


    Which character – as performed by Sue Pitkin – was your favorite?

    Probably Leo for her emotional strength, even though it was really just a facade hiding a vulnerable interior.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Everyone has a secret.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the book's summary mentions a girl being hit by a car, there were times during the book when this seemed like a secondary story. Some of the people in the book were involved in questionable activities, and much of the book was focused on that and less on the accident. There were times when listening to the book that I completely forgot there had been an accident. The author does tie everything together in later chapters, however, and I didn't feel there were any parts of the story that were left dangling without sufficient explanations.What would I change? I'd make it shorter as 14 hours for an audiobook is a long time, without removing any of the drama. I'd also probably have removed a few of the story lines as it was confusing at times trying to associate different events with different people. There was a lot happening in this book, both in the present and in the past (mostly via conversations whereby people talked about events that had occurred previously), and some of it likely could have been removed without affecting the story overall. I'd recommend the book or the audiobook (the narrator was splendid) for anyone who likes drama or suspense, and especially for anyone who likes books which focus more on dialogue and less on action or description.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol L. Riegel Louisville, KY United States 06-28-14
    Carol L. Riegel Louisville, KY United States 06-28-14 Member Since 2006

    Love mysteries

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    "Fantastic Refreshing Old Fashion Mistery"
    Any additional comments?

    The book was all mystery. No detailed description of sex. No supernatural beings of any kind . It involves one primary mystery and lots of minor ones. It is not apparent "Who Done It". You really have to think about the puzzles I will definitely listen to or read any future books by Rachel Abbott..

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Stuart 05-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Creepy, realistic and entertaining"

    I couldn't stop listening. Mystery, crime and a touch of romance makes this novel a real treat. It isn't at all predictable but when you find out what happens next, it all makes sense. I definitely will download this author's next novel as soon as I can.

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    Christine B Dunn 03-01-15
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    "Riveting story"

    I was riveted to the story and so finished it fast. Will listen to another by same author. Enjoyed it!

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    William 01-30-15
    William 01-30-15 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "British mysteries"

    I hate listening to British audiobooks,
    The pronunciation and slang makes some of them hard to decipher.

    This book has a reader who is very good and the story was compelling
    The characters are well drawn

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    kathy jasper, GA, United States 01-25-15
    kathy jasper, GA, United States 01-25-15 Member Since 2013

    I started listening to audiobooks to help with my commute to work. I now listen to books while I sew and do my crafts.

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    "Great book and WHAT A NARRATOR!"
    Where does The Back Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I will definately suggest that my friends read this book. I thought that it started out a little slow, but as I listened I realized how important it was for character development. The author did a great job setting up the story.I will read her next book.


    What other book might you compare The Back Road to and why?

    Hard question. The review talks about Gone Girl. I have read Gone Girl and really liked it. The two books have similarities but not the same. I think her writing is a lot like Hitchcock in the way she set up the mystery. She introduces the characters at a dinner party with conversations going in all directions. The narrator was excellent with all the different voices!


    Have you listened to any of Sue Pitkin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I do not think so but (as people say) I could listen to her read the phone book. She really made this book entertaining and brought the characters to life.


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

    Absolutely! The book was too long to do so. I will read this book again some day.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a credit or purchase! If you like mysteries plan to read this author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 01-02-15
    Susan 01-02-15
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    "Good story done too long"

    A good story with several aspects going on. It was entertaining but not riveting. I found the excess length detracted from what should have been enjoyment. This made it hard to continue at times.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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