Today it’s my great pleasure to be joining the blog tour for the latest DCI Tom Douglas thriller from Rachel Abbott, Right Behind you. My thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to join the tour and to Rachel Abbott for the advance review copy. Here’s what it’s all about:
About the Book
Some doors should not be opened.Available from: Amazon
Some can never be closed.
Jo Palmer’s peaceful and happy life is about to end.
Ash – the man she loves – will be arrested by the police.
Millie – her precious daughter – will be taken from her.
She will lose her friends.
She will doubt her sanity.
Someone is stealing everything Jo loves, and will stop at nothing.
But right now, Jo is laughing in her kitchen, eating dinner with her family, suspecting nothing.
It’s raining outside.
There’s a knock at the door. They are here.
Right Behind You sees the very welcome return of Tom Douglas – I do love a Tom Douglas novel. This is brilliant and tense novel full of mystery, misdirection and mistrust. I really enjoyed it.
Imagine the scene. You’ve just enjoyed a lovely dinner with family when you get a knock at the door. Two police officers, wanting to take your partner in for questioning. Two more people saying that they need to speak to your young daughter about alleged abuse. Traumatic enough right? Well imagine that this is the last you see of them and your partner and your daughter are now missing. This is exactly what happens to our protagonist Jo whose entire world is torn apart in one single night. So who do you turn to when you don’t know what has happened or if you can even trust the police?
Well, that’s where Tom Douglas and his DI Becky Robinson come in, and it’s a most perplexing and complicated case for them to handle. I love the way in which Rachel Abbott structures these stories, making them primarily about the victim with the police investigation and the lives of the officers involved part of the story but only in a really secondary role. You get to know a lot more about the victims, the whys and wherefores of their lives in a bid to understand what is happening to them. Jo’s does not, on the surface, seema . very complicated life but the more we get to know, the more you see the very many motives that could be in play in this case.
I do love the characters of Tom and Becky. Tom plays a kind of second fiddle in this case, his home life taking precedence to an extent as his partner is due to give birth, but Becky Robinson is such a strong character herself she is more than capable of carrying this case and providing the support that Jo needs. The author has created a diverse and very likeable team here, and you are with them all the way as they try to uncover the vital clues to solve what is happening and save Jo’s family.
This is a very complex and layered case, and clues are carefully fed to you as a reader until have the full picture. We also see a familiar face from Tom’s past return to provide some leads into what is happening, leads which have a surprising links back to previous novels. There is a constant sense of threat and tension and the scenes in which we see Jo’s daughter Millie are packed with emotion. You can feel her fear emanate from the page. Told through the eyes of such a young child, the simplicity of this part of the book is quite impactful.
The pacing is spot on, the case and the underlying mystery intriguing. With so many people around Jo keeping secrets it is hard to know which one to trust and you can feel that growing isolation in her character build as the story progresses. With an conclusion that is as action packed as it is surprising, the ramifications of this case are quite stark and it seems no-one will walk away completely unscathed. Top stuff. Another absolutely cracking Tom Douglas thriller.
About the Author
Rachel Abbott is the bestselling author of the Tom Douglas series of
books, and more recently the Stephanie King series, which together have sold over 4 million copies and have been translated into over 20 languages.
Right Behind You is the ninth Tom Douglas book, and in 2018 Abbott also released her first novel with Headline under the Wildfire imprint, which was listed as one of The Times best crime novels of the year.
Born and raised in Manchester, Abbott founded her own interactive media company in the 1980s before retiring in 2005. She then moved to Italy where she wrote her first novel, Only the Innocent, which she went on to publish via Kindle Direct Publishing, topping their chart for 4 weeks.
A true self-publishing pioneer, Abbott now splits her time between Alderney in the Channel Islands and Italy.
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