Now it’s not often that you can say you remember what you were doing when you first read a book by, or became aware of, a particular author. It isn’t in my case anyway. I read a lot of books to be fair – it is a not a reflection on the author or the book. Unless, of course, said book makes a particular impression on you, one which is hard to forget. That is exactly what happened to me when I picked up and read my first book by Rachel Abbott, The Back Road.
Now the savvy amongst you will note that this isn’t the first book in the series. The regular readers amongst you will also know that this is nothing unusual for me. But I spotted the book on a book-bub email and it sounded interesting so I figured I would give it a try. Couldn’t hurt could it? So, sat in the chair at the hairdressers, knowing I had a couple of hours to kill as they attempted to dye my hair to one of the many shades of light brownish blonde it has been over the years, I set about reading. I almost choked on my coffee. What an opening, quite disturbing in a way, but also what a protagonist in Tom Douglas.
Now what I love about this series is the way that, while he is one of the key recurring characters across all the novels, the series really isn’t about Tom, not entirely. It is about the characters he comes into contact with and the setting, mostly in and around Manchester which is as much a character in itself. His presence has become more prominent as the series progresses but he is still always secondary to the story itself. Which is a bit of a shame at times as I think we all love Tom 😉
Now I wasted no time in catching up on the book I had missed and all of the books published since The Back Road, up to and including the latest book, Come a Little Closer. I recently took part in the blog tour for this book, even took part in the writing challenge (which I am more than proud to say I won) and you can read my full review here. It is a brilliant story, very unnerving in tone, and will have you on the edge of your seat as well as exasperated by the naivety of some fo the characters. For those of you not in the know, this is what it’s all about.
Come a Little Closer
They will be coming soon. They come every night.
Snow is falling softly as a young woman takes her last breath.
Fifteen miles away, two women sit silently in a dark kitchen. They don’t speak, because there is nothing left to be said.
Another woman boards a plane to escape the man who is trying to steal her life. But she will have to return, sooner or later.
These strangers have one thing in common. They each made one bad choice – and now they have no choices left. Soon they won’t be strangers, they’ll be family…
When DCI Tom Douglas is called to the cold, lonely scene of a suspicious death, he is baffled. Who is she? Where did she come from? How did she get there? How many more must die?
Who is controlling them, and how can they be stopped?
Other books in the series:
Only The innocent; The Back Road; Sleep Tight; Stranger Child; Nowhere Child (novella); Kill Me Again and The Sixth Window.
You can purchase your own copy of Come a Little Closer from the following retailers
About the Author
Rachel Abbott’s debut thriller, Only the Innocent, was an international bestseller, reaching the number one position in the Amazon charts both in the UK and US. This was followed by the number one bestselling novels The Back Road, Sleep Tight, Stranger Child, Nowhere Child (a short novel based on the characters from Stranger Child), Kill Me Again and The Sixth Window. Her most recent novel, Come a Little Closer, is available from February 2018.
Rachel’s novels have now been translated into over 20 languages and her books have sold over 2.8 million copies in the English language.
In 2015 Amazon celebrated the first five years of the Kindle in the UK, and announced that Rachel was the #1 bestselling independent author over the five-year period. She was also placed #14 in the chart of all authors. Stranger Child was the most borrowed novel for the Kindle in the first half of 2015.
Rachel splits her time between Alderney – a beautiful island off the coast of France – and the Le Marche region of Italy, where she is able to devote all her time to writing fiction. For more information, see Rachel’s website, or follow her on Twitter.
Now for anyone lucky enough to be in the area on Monday 9th April, Rachel Abbott will be appearing at First Monday Crime at London’s City University. First Monday Crime is a monthly gathering for authors, publicists, agents, editors, students, and avid readers of crime fiction. Each month a new panel of authors is lined up to discuss writing, the world of crime, and their latest novels. This month the panel’s line up consists of Rachel Abbott, Stuart Turton (The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle), John Connolly (The Woman in the Woods) and Leigh Russell (Class Murder), all overseen by the expert moderation of Barry Forshaw. You can find out more about First Monday Crime and book your place at the panel here.