Monday 19 November 2018

And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott @RachelAbbott @Wildfirebks @Bookish_Becky #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour

Cleo knows she should be happy for her brother Mark. He's managed to find someone new after the sudden death of his first wife - but something about Evie just doesn't feel right...
When Evie starts having accidents at home, her friends grow concerned. Could Mark be causing her injuries? Called out to their cliff-top house one night, Sergeant Stephanie King finds two bodies entangled on blood-drenched sheets.
Where does murder begin? When the knife is raised to strike, or before, at the first thought of violence? As the accused stands trial, the jury is forced to consider - is there ever a proper defence for murder?

And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott was published by Wildfire Books on 15 November 2018 in hardback,  my thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review. I am delighted to share my thoughts about the book as part of the #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour today.

Wow! I uttered that three-letter word so many times as I was reading this book. It's one of those novels that you really really hate having to put down when something else needs your attention. There's been quite a few things been left by the wayside in this house lately whilst I've snatched another sneaky few chapters of this one instead!

Opening with a very short prologue; just six lines long, And So It Begins grabs the reader from that intriguing and mesmerising few lines and really doesn't let up until the explosive and totally unexpected ending.

Whilst this could be described as a police procedural story as Sergeant Stephanie Knight is the lead investigator and goes over the odds to ensure that the case is properly solved, it really is more of a psychological thriller, as this clever author delves deep into the minds of her characters. She exposes the depths that some people will go to in order to exact a revenge, in order to keep their family safe, and in order to ensure that their deeds go undiscovered.

At no point throughout this story did I have faintest idea where it would go. I tried to guess, and I was wrong, every single time. Rachel Abbott has constructed a story that weaves and twists so much that the reader almost gets travel sickness. Just when you think you are on top of everything, she throws a ball with such a curve that there is no way that you can catch it.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It ticks every single box for me; tension, twists, incredible characters and a plot that hooks, with an ending that explodes.

Rachel Abbott has played an absolute blinder here. And So It Begins is gripping and chilling. The characters are so well drawn; totally believable and appearing pretty straightforward at first but gradually exposing some horrific behaviours.

Highly recommended from me - absolutely top class

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 3 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.

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