Rachel Abbott - Author

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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

Come a Little Closer

Come a Little Closer

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: Paperback 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.

The Sixth Window

The Sixth Window

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: Paperback 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: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2016

Back Road

Back Road

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2014

The Backroad

The Backroad

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2013

A girl lies close to death in a dark, deserted lane. A driver drags her body to the side of the road. A shadowy figure hides in the trees, watching and waiting. For Ellie Saunders last night's hit and run on the back road could destroy everything she has. She was out that night, but if she reveals where she was and why, her family will be torn apart. She is living on a knife-edge, knowing that her every move is being observed...Ellie's new neighbour, former Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas has moved to the village for some well-deserved peace and quiet, but as he is drawn into the web of deceit his every instinct tells him that what happened that night was more than a tragic accident. As past and present collide, best-kept secrets are revealed and lives are devastated. Only one person knows the whole story. And that person will protect the truth - no matter what the cost. The Back Road is an electrifying thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end.

Only the Innocent

Only the Innocent

Author: Rachel Abbott Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/11/2012

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 realises 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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