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Rachel Abbott - Author

About the Author

Rachel Abbott is a British author of psychological thrillers. Her first three self-published novels have combined to sell over one million copies, and have all been bestsellers on Amazon's Kindle store.Abbott was born in Worsley, Manchester, England and grew up in nearby Swinton. She was educated at Moorside Primary School and Eccles Grammar School. After leaving school she worked in a number of roles - from secretary to training manager - before returning to college in Manchester to train as a systems analyst.Abbott's father ran his own business as a butchers' outfitter, and she, her mother and sister both worked in the business. A year after qualifying as a systems analyst in 1981 Abbott decided to establish her own company to develop interactive software for schools. Over the next twenty years the company grew into a medium sized interactive media company, developing software and websites for education and was sold in 2000.Following the sale, Abbott moved from her home in Saddleworth, Lancashire, England, to Italy, where she restored a 15th-century Italian monastery that for a time she and her husband operated as a venue for weddings and group holidays.In 2009, Rodgers decided to write a book about an ordinary woman put into a situation where she had no other option but to commit murder. It took Rodgers 18 months to write the first draft. In November 2011, after it was rejected by several literary agents, Rodgers, then 59, self-published her first novel, Only the Innocent, on Amazon, under the pen name Rachel Abbott. The book sold slowly at first, but her experience in business left her well qualified to crack the self-publishing market and sales took off after Abbott put together a strong marketing campaign.Abbott followed up Only the Innocent in 2013 with The Back Road and in 2014 with Sleep Tight. Her fourth novel, Stranger Child, was published on February 24, 2015. All four books focus on relationships, crime and the dark nature which lurks inside us all. Everyone's had murderous thoughts, says Abbott. I like to focus on the events which tip people over the precipice and into the void. The books feature the same character detective, Chief Inspector Tom Douglas. Abbott has described him as a genuinely honest, nice guy who just seems to be attracted to the wrong women. By 2015, Abbott's first three novels, all self-published in the UK, had combined to sell one million copies. All three have been bestsellers in Amazon's Kindle store. Amazon has said that Rachel Abbott is one of its most successful self-published UK authors; she is Amazon's number one e-book seller in crime and thriller writing. Working with an agent since 2012, she self-publishes in the UK, and her first two books through Thomas and Mercer in North America. Her books have been translated into twelve different languages.

Featured books by Rachel Abbott

Other books by Rachel Abbott

The Murder Game

The Murder Game

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/04/2020

We were all there that day. Now one of us is dead... The first time Jemma and Matt were invited to Polskirrin - Lucas Jarrett's imposing ocean-view home - it was for an intimate wedding that ended in tragedy. Jemma will never forget the sight of the girl's body floating towards the rocky shore. Now, exactly one year later, Lucas has invited his guests back for a macabre anniversary. But what Lucas has in store for them is nothing like a candlelight vigil. Someone who was there that night remembers more than they'll admit to, and Lucas has devised a game to make them tell the truth. Jemma believes she and Matt know nothing about what happened... but what if she's wrong? Before you play a deadly game, make sure you can pay the price... From the four-million-copy bestselling author comes a psychological thriller that will have you gripped until the last page. Perfect for fans of Something in the Water and The Silent Patient. What readers are saying about THE MURDER GAME (STEPHANIE KING BOOK 2): 'Abbott is a gifted storyteller and this book is a total delight' Daily Mail 'A twisty-turny plot that had my head reeling, and my mind full of intrigue. Superb plotting from the mistress of suspense' Mel Sherratt, bestselling author of Hush Hush 'A grand re-imagining of the best kind of crime caper, filled with underlying tensions, fancy rooms and a detective hungry for answers' Magic Radio: April Book Club Pick 'Fantastic and gripping - I loved the intriguing concept and the brilliantly atmospheric Cornish setting' Karen Hamilton, bestselling author of The Perfect Girlfriend 'This gallops along at a cracking pace, and manages to keep the twists and surprises coming thick and fast' Crime Monthly 'A brilliant read, full of suspense' Closer Praise for Rachel Abbott's thrillers: 'A dark, extremely readable, well-plotted psychological thriller' The Times 'It's easy to see why readers keep coming back for this author's thrills' Observer 'What a storyteller Rachel Abbott is... I was hooked from the start' Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home 'The twists just don't stop' Heat 'A blockbuster crammed with drama and laced with up-to-date psychological insight' Daily Mail 'A properly addictive, leave-the-light-on thriller' Red Magazine

The Murder Game

The Murder Game

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2020

A BRAND NEW STEPHANIE KING NOVEL, FROM THE +3 MILLION COPY-BESTSELLING QUEEN OF PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS A year ago today, we all gathered for Lucas's wedding at his glorious Cornish home overlooking the sea. But no one was married that day. Now Lucas has invited us back to celebrate the anniversary. But the anniversary of what? The wedding that never happened, or the tragedy that occurred just hours before the ceremony was due to begin? He's told us that tonight he has planned a game. We have our costumes, we have our parts, and everyone must play. The game, he tells us, is about to begin. What does Lucas want from us? What are we not being told? And what's going to happen when this terrible game is over? Praise for AND SO IT BEGINS (Stephanie King Book 1): 'The twists came so quickly I almost got whiplash' Jenny Blackhurst, author of The Night She Died 'What a storyteller Rachel Abbott is... I was hooked from the start' Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home 'The twists just don't stop' Heat 'Dark and extremely readable' The Times

The Shape of Lies

The Shape of Lies

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/09/2019

And So It Begins

And So It Begins

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

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? Praise for Rachel Abbott: 'A properly addictive, leave-the-light-on thriller' Red Magazine 'Masterly and compelling. I couldn't put it down until its heart-stopping conclusion' Robert Bryndza 'Unbearably tense, with a killer twist' Good Housekeeping

Come A Little Closer

Come A Little Closer

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/03/2019

The Sixth Window

The Sixth Window

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/02/2019

The Shape of Lies

The Shape of Lies

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2019

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.

And So It Begins

And So It Begins

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/11/2018

WHO WILL BELIEVE YOUR STORY IF THE ONLY WITNESS IS DEAD? 'What a storyteller Rachel Abbott is... I was hooked from the start' CARA HUNTER 'A truly compelling, twisty, enthralling and satisfying read... Absolutely AMAZING!' ANGELA MARSONS 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? More praise for AND SO IT BEGINS: 'I raced through this compelling, twisty novel. Loved it' Laura Marshall 'Brilliant... The twists came so quickly I almost got whiplash' Jenny Blackhurst 'An unnerving, twisting tale that you won't be able to put down' Caroline Mitchell 'Rachael Abbott has delivered another intricately plotted thriller that never falters on tension or pace ... the suspense doesn't let up until the very last page' Michelle Davies 'A breathless tour-de-force that left me hungry for more... Psychological crime writing at its very best' Kate Rhodes 'The definition of addictive - Rachel Abbott's best book yet. Kept me up until the small hours - and you won't see the ending coming' Phoebe Morgan 'Really gripping and menacing - compulsive reading' Harriet Tyce

And So It Begins

And So It Begins

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2018

WHO WILL BELIEVE YOUR STORY IF THE ONLY WITNESS IS DEAD? 'What a storyteller Rachel Abbott is... I was hooked from the start' CARA HUNTER 'A truly compelling, twisty, enthralling and satisfying read... Absolutely AMAZING!' ANGELA MARSONS 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? More praise for AND SO IT BEGINS: 'I raced through this compelling, twisty novel. Loved it' Laura Marshall 'Brilliant... The twists came so quickly I almost got whiplash' Jenny Blackhurst 'An unnerving, twisting tale that you won't be able to put down' Caroline Mitchell 'Rachael Abbott has delivered another intricately plotted thriller that never falters on tension or pace ... the suspense doesn't let up until the very last page' Michelle Davies 'A breathless tour-de-force that left me hungry for more... Psychological crime writing at its very best' Kate Rhodes 'The definition of addictive - Rachel Abbott's best book yet. Kept me up until the small hours - and you won't see the ending coming' Phoebe Morgan 'Really gripping and menacing - compulsive reading' Harriet Tyce

Come a Little Closer

Come a Little Closer

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/02/2018

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?

Idegen gyerek

Idegen gyerek

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: eBook Release Date: 25/01/2018

Ugy mondjak, sose bizz egy idegenben. Talan nekik van igazuk.Amikor Emma Joseph megismerkedett a frjvel, Davidet bnat gytrte. ElsA felesgt a sajt elszabadult kocsija gzolta hallra, hatesztendA s lnya pedig titokzatos mdon eltA nt a baleset helysznrA l.Most, hat vvel ksA bb, Emma gy vli, vgre maguk mgtt tudhatjk a fjdalmas idA ket. j letet ptettek fel Daviddel, s van egy csodaszp kisfik, Ollie.Aztn feltA nik egy idegen, s flforgatja az letket.Emma elveszti a biztonsgrzkt. Vajon csakugyan tudja, mi trtnt oly sok vvel azelA tt? s mirt aggdik nmagrt meg a csecsemA firt?Elkeseredsben rgi bartjhoz, Tom Douglas nyomoz fA felgyelA hz fordul segtsgrt, m ezzel a lpssel valamennyik lett veszlybe sodorja. Hamarosan olyan hazugsgok hljra dertenek fnyt, amely mindkettejket velejig sokkolja.Az Aludj jl vilghrA szerzA jnek legjabb bestsellere letehetetlen s elgondolkodtat remekmA , a pszicholgiai thrillerek, s a krimik kedvelA inek a kedvence vilgszerte.

Aludj jol

Aludj jol

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: eBook Release Date: 08/01/2018

Meddig mennel el a szeretteidert?Amikor Olivia Brookes felhvja a rendA rsget, hogy bejelentse frje s gyermekei eltA nst, azt hiszi, soha tbb nem ltja viszont A ket. Okkal fl a legrosszabbtl, hiszen nem ez az elsA tragdia, amit tl.Most, kt esztendA vel ksA bb, Tom Douglas fA felgyelA t ismt ehhez a csaldhoz kldik nyomozni, m ezttal Oliiva tA nt el. Minden bizonytk arra utal, hogy reggel mg az otthonban tartzkodott - kocsija a garzsban ll, pnztrcja a konyhaasztalon heverA tskjban van.A rendA rsg el akarja rendelni Olivia keresst, de a csaldtagok sszes fnykpt eltvoltottk a fotalbumokbl, szmtgpekbA l, telefonokbl.Aztn megltjk a vrtVajon a mlt utolrte Olivit?Aludj jl - ha tudsz. Sosem tudhatod, ki figyel.

Sleep Tight

Sleep Tight

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

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. 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.

Das stumme Madchen

Das stumme Madchen

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2017

Das Leben von Emma Joseph konnte perfekt sein. Sie hat ein entzuckendes Baby und einen liebevollen Ehemann - David. Doch David hat eine dunkle Vergangenheit: Bei einem mysteriosen Autounfall starb seine erste Frau und seine kleine Tochter verschwand spurlos. Als das Madchen sechs Jahre spater wie aus dem Nichts wieder auftaucht, wird Emma das Gefuhl nicht los, dass von dem Madchen eine stumme Bedrohung ausgeht. Handelt es sich tatsachlich um Davids Tochter? Und wenn ja, was hat sie zu verbergen?

The Sixth Window

The Sixth Window

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2017

THE PERFECT MAN. OR A PERFECT STRANGER. 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?

Kill Me Again

Kill Me Again

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/01/2017