Rachel Abbott launched her first novel Only the Innocent in November 2011. The book was self-published through the Kindle Direct Publishing programme on Amazon, and reached the number 1 spot in the Kindle store just over three months later. It held its position for four weeks, and was the second highest selling self-published title in 2012.
Only the Innocent also reached the number 1 spot in the Waterstones ebook charts, where it was the second highest selling ebook of 2012 - pipped at the post by Fifty Shades of Grey, and hit the top spot in the US Kindle chart in August 2012.
Since then, Rachel has gone on to produce another seven books in the Tom Douglas series (and one novella). All books have gone on to be best sellers in the Amazon chart and have now sold 4 million copies.
In 2018, Rachel wrote the first of a new series of books, this time based in Cornwall. And So It Begins was acquired by Headline after a fiercely contested five way auction and was top of the Amazon weekly charts for two weeks in succession. Hailed by The Times as one of the best crime novels of 2018, it introduces readers to a new police officer - Sergeant Stephanie King.
Rachel Abbott's books have now been translated into over 20 languages.
Rachel Abbott is the epublishing sensation of 2012.
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'A properly addictive, leave-the-light-on thriller'
'Unbearably tense, with a killer twist'
The Shape of Lies
Yesterday, Scott was dead. Today, he’s back.
And Anna doesn’t believe in ghosts.
Scott was Anna’s boyfriend. She loved him, but he ruined her life. When he died, she should have been free, but today Scott is on the radio, threatening to spill her secrets.
Anna is a mother, a wife, and head teacher of a primary school.
And she’s a good liar.
She made one mistake, and now she is having to pay for it. Scott is the only person who knows the truth about her past, but how can he be alive?
Soon, DCI Tom Douglas is going to knock on her door looking for answers. But Anna is already running scared: from the man she loved; the man she watched die; the man who has come back to life.
She has one week to find him. One week to stop him.
‘UTTERLY, SPINE-CHILLINGLY BRILLIANT. I LOVED HOW IT TAPPED INTO OUR DEEPEST FEARS AND I NEVER QUITE KNEW WHAT TO EXPECT. SO ADDICTIVE AND TENSE! I ACTUALLY FELT GOOSEBUMPS!‘
Karen Hamilton, best-selling author of The Perfect Girlfriend
‘I DEVOURED THE SHAPE OF LIES. FULL OF INTRIGUE, SECRETS AND COMPELLING SUB-PLOTS THAT INTERTWINE TO A DEVASTATING AND HEART-STOPPING FINISH.’
Mel Sherratt, bestselling author
And So It Begins
WHO WILL BELIEVE YOUR STORY IF THE ONLY WITNESS IS DEAD?
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?
I LOVED IT! IT'S A BREATHLESS TOUR DE FORCE THAT LEFT ME HUNGRY FOR MORE. I LOVED THE STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS, ATMOSPHERIC CORNISH SETTING AND THE TRULY SURPRISING ENDING. PSYCHOLOGICAL CRIME WRITING AT ITS VERY BEST.
Kate Rhodes Crossbones Yard
REALLY GRIPPING AND MENACING - COMPULSIVE READING
Harriet Tyce Blood Orange
WHAT A STORYTELLER RACHEL ABBOTT IS... I WAS HOOKED FROM THE START
Cara Hunter Close to Home
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?
“COME A LITTLE CLOSER IS A BRILLIANT CRIME READ. RACHEL ABBOTT IS ALREADY ONE OF THE QUEENS OF CRIME, BUT THIS DARK TALE OF MANIPULATION, DANGER AND LIES ADDS TO HER REPUTATION FOR OUTSTANDING STORYTELLING.”
Kate Rhodes, author of Hell Bay
“IN COME A LITTLE CLOSER, ABBOTT’S USUAL HIGH CALIBRE PLOTTING PROVIDES EVERYTHING THE READER NEEDS IN A GRIPPING THRILLER. ONE OF HER BEST YET.”
Louise Voss, author
“THE TANGLED WEB RACHEL ABBOTT WEAVES IS BOTH INTRIGUING AND HORRIFYING AND I FOUND MYSELF LIVING THIS STORY. I WAS TOTALLY GRIPPED BY IT.”
Kath Middleton, author and blogger
The Sixth Window
The truth hurts. But lies are deadly.
After eighteen months of grieving for her husband Bernie, killed in a horrific hit and run accident, Natalie Gray has found love with her husband’s best friend - Ed Cooper - and has moved herself and fifteen-year-old daughter, Scarlett, into his home.
But Natalie begins to suspect Ed has a dark side - and even darker intentions.
Desperate to get her daughter to a place of safety, she and Scarlett move to a new home that holds secrets of its own. But has removing Scarlett from one potential threat placed her in far greater danger?
DCI Tom Douglas is also chasing the truth, as his investigation into the suicide of a teenage girl draws him ever closer to Natalie and Scarlett. But will he be too late to protect them from the peril they face, or from the truths that will tear their lives apart?
'INCREDIBLY SKILLFULLY WOVEN TALE OF LOSS, DECEIT, JEALOUSY AND LOVE.'
Angela Marsons, author of The Silent Scream
‘RACHEL ABBOTT ONCE AGAIN CONFIRMS SHE'S THE QUEEN OF TWISTED SUSPENSE WITH ANOTHER TAUT THRILLER.’
Michelle Davies, author of Gone Astray
'ALMOST UNBEARABLY TENSE, WITH A KILLER TWIST’
Kill Me Again
When your life is a lie, who can you trust?
When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced.
But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone, or why. And then she discovers she’s not the only one looking for him.
When a woman who looks just like Maggie is brutally murdered and DCI Tom Douglas is brought in to investigate, Maggie realises how little she knows about Duncan’s past. Is he the man she loves? Who is he running from?
She doesn’t have long to decide whether to trust him or betray him. Because one thing has been made clear to Maggie – another woman will die soon, and it might be her.
'A PROPERLY ADDICTIVE, LEAVE-THE-LIGHT-ON THRILLER’
'ABSORBING, COMPLEX AND BRILLIANTLY PLANNED 10/10.'
'AN ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT BOOK, WHICH LEFT ME FEELING COMPLETELY EXHAUSTED WITH A TWIST
RIGHT AT THE VERY END THAT I NEVER SAW COMING AT ALL.’
Kim the Bookworm
Someone is looking for Tasha, but does she want to be found?
Eight months ago Tasha Joseph ran away, and her stepmother, Emma, has been searching for her ever since. She is desperate to give Tasha the home and security she deserves.
The problem is, Emma isn’t the only one looking for Tasha. The police are keen to find her too. She could be a vital witness in a criminal trial, and DCI Tom Douglas has a team constantly on the lookout for her. But Tasha remains hidden, and nobody appears to have seen her.
Suddenly, the stakes are raised. Somebody is offering money – a lot of money – for information about Tasha’s whereabouts.
Tom and Emma know they have never been closer to finding the young girl. But they also recognise that she has never been closer to danger. Can they find her first?
She can run, but for how long can she hide?
'I WAS LEFT SPEECHLESS IN THE FIRST CHAPTER AND COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN FOR HOURS. RACHEL IS AMAZING AT BUILDING TENSION AND KEEPING YOU TURNING PAGE AFTER PAGE.'
Crime Book Club
‘MS. ABBOTT WRITES COMPLEX AND YET VERY BELIEVABLE THRILLERS AND THIS BOOK WAS NO EXCEPTION.
Book, Reviews, Etc.
'PROSE IS TAUT, WHOLLY BELIEVABLE LOCATIONS AND A FULL CAST BURSTING WITH ENGAGING CHARACTERS.’
Crime Fiction Lover
One dark secret. One act of revenge.
When Emma Joseph met her husband David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident.
Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie.
Then a stranger walks into their lives, and their world tilts on its axis.
Emma¹s life no longer feels secure. What really happened to David¹s family all those years ago? And why does she feel so frightened for herself and for her baby?
When a desperate Emma reaches out to her old friend DCI Tom Douglas for help she puts all their lives in jeopardy. Before long, a web of deceit is revealed that shocks both Emma and Tom to the core.
They say you should never trust a stranger. Maybe they¹re right.
'STRANGER CHILD WAS THE PERFECT THRILLER. I COULDN'T GET ENOUGH OF THIS SHOCKING STORY'
‘RACHEL ABBOTT WILL KEEP YOU GUESSING LONG INTO THE NIGHT AND JUST AS SOON AS YOU'VE FIGURED IT OUT...THINK AGAIN!’
How far would you go to hold on to the people you love?
When Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again. She has reason to fear the worst; this isn’t the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced.
Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time it’s Olivia who has disappeared. All the evidence suggests that she was here, in the family home, that morning. But her car is in the garage, and her purse is on the kitchen table.
Olivia’s husband says he has no idea where she is – but is he telling the truth? The police want to issue a national appeal, but every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers.
And then they find the blood…
Has the past caught up with Olivia?
Sleep Tight – if you can. You never know who’s watching.
'ABBOTT CREATES A TANGLED WEB OF DECEPTION, SECRETS, AND RED HERRINGS.'
'IT IS ONE OF THOSE BOOKS THAT HOLDS YOU HOSTAGE AND IS HARD TO PUT DOWN UNTIL THE END.'
Confessions of a Reader
'I HAVE RESENTED THE INTRUSION OF REAL PEOPLE WHILE MY MIND GRAPPLED WITH THE EVENTS IN SLEEP TIGHT.'
Cleo Loves Books
The Back Road
One girl is fighting for her life in hospital. One village is struggling to hold tight to its secrets.
When a young girl is knocked over and left for dead at the side of the road, the small community of Little Melham goes into shock. Why was Abbie out so late at night, and why wasn’t she missed?
For Ellie Saunders, the truth about that night could put her marriage and even the safety of her children in jeopardy. She has to protect her family, no matter what the consequences.
Former DCI Tom Douglas thought that Little Melham would offer a peaceful retreat from the daily trauma of his work for the Met. But as he is drawn into the web of deceit, his every instinct tells him that what happened to Abbie was more than a tragic accident.
Only one person knows the whole story – why Abbie was out that night, and who was driving the car. For that person, the accident spells disaster, and somebody has to pay.
'AN ABSORBING MYSTERY OF LOVE, DECEIT, SECRETS AND MURDER ....TRULY A SPELLBINDING NOVEL OF SUSPENSE.'
Only the Innocent
A man is dead. The killer is a woman. But what secrets lie beneath the surface - so dark that a man has to die?
When Laura Fletcher approaches her home in Oxfordshire to find hordes of photographers crowding the gates, she knows there is something terribly wrong. She is faced with the shocking news that her husband is dead - brutally murdered - and according to Chief Inspector Tom Douglas, there is little doubt that the murderer is a woman.
In a marriage that has taken her from the glamorous five star luxury of London, Venice and Positano to a bleak and draughty manor house in rural Oxfordshire, Laura has learned to guard her secrets well. She is not alone. It would appear that all the women in her husband's life have something to hide.
But there is one secret that she has never shared, and when the investigation reaches its dramatic and horrific climax, she realizes that she has no choice. She has to give Tom Douglas the final piece of the puzzle. And this changes everything, leaving Douglas with a terrible dilemma: whether to punish the guilty, or protect the innocent.
ONLY THE INNOCENT is a spellbinding psychological thriller that will leave you breathless!
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What the readers say
Rachel Abbott will keep you guessing long into the night and just as soon as you’ve figured it out...think again!
Abbott creates a tangled web of deception, secrets, and red herrings.
An absorbing mystery of love, deceit, secrets, and murder…truly a spellbinding novel of suspense.
I love thrillers, and this one stands out as one of the best.
Kindle Book Review
Puts Rachel Abbott right at the top of the list with the very best established crime writer.
The story is an exciting and complex one, where past and present echo and reflect one another. Here and there a mis-direct made me feel I knew what was happening but in a Rachel Abbott story there's more there than immediately obvious. This is a tightly written psychological thriller, very nicely paced, and I enjoyed it very much.
Amazon top 500 reviewer
Rachel Abbott's Only the Innocent is not your average "who dunnit" murder mystery. The question that drives this thriller is not "who" did it, but "why". Abbott carefully constructed a world of mystery, depravity, sex, violence, manipulation and intrigue on so many different levels that I can honestly say you truly have to read until the last page to understand and appreciate the complexity of the story.
Writing on the Rocks
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About Rachel Abbott
Rachel Abbott spent the majority of her working life running an interactive media company that designed and developed software and websites, mainly for education. Her company was sold in 2000, and although she continued working for another five years, she also fulfilled a lifelong ambition of buying and restoring a property in Italy.
She lives in a restored Victoria fort in Alderney, one of the Channel Islands, where she writes her novels in a renovated gunpowder shelter.
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Right Behind You
Some doors should not be opened.
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 on the door. They are here.
A DCI Tom Douglas Thriller
“ABBOTT’S NOVEL IS A POWERHOUSE COMBINATION OF PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER AND INTENSE DRAMA. THE TWISTS DON’T STOP COMING.” – Heat Magazine
“ABBOTT APPLIES ELEGANT CONTROL TO HER STORYTELLING. EVEN HER WALK-ON CHARACTERS ARE VIVID CREATIONS.”– Daily Mail
“ABBOTT LEAVES YOU GUESSING UNTIL THE FINAL FEW PAGES.” – The Glasgow Herald
“IT’S EASY TO SEE FROM THIS GRIPPING STORY’S FREQUENT TWISTS AND BLUFFS, IN A NARRATIVE THAT’S ROOTED IN PSYCHOLOGY WHY ABBOTT STANDS OUT IN A CROWDED MARKET.” – Morning Star
“A GRIPPING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER.” – The ‘I’