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Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott

Stranger Child

Thriller / Suspense   Crime / Mystery   Family Drama   
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With an unusual focus, this stimulating, taut thriller hinges on a knife edge of secrets, lies and the innermost thoughts of a family in despair. This isn't about whether you can solve the case, this is about the suspense, the fear factor and the sorrow that has caught these characters in a tangled, twisted web. ‘Stranger Child’ is the fourth novel featuring DCI Tom Douglas, however the spotlight remains firmly on Emma and the unthinkable situation in which she finds herself, making this very much a novel that can be read without prior knowledge of the policing team. So, although you may guess where this novel is heading, Rachel Abbott ensures you want to be there every step of the way, to walk the impossible tightrope of suspicion and misgiving. This is a perfectly chilling and sharply intelligent read, which sucks you in from the intriguing prologue and only lets up when you've turned the very last page. ~ Liz Robinson

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Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott

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. Emma's life no longer feels secure. Does she know what really happened 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 they're right.


'Stranger Child was the PERFECT thriller. I couldn't get enough of this shocking story.' Bookaholic Confessions

'Her characters feel realistic because they react like real people even in extraordinary situations.' Cleo loves books

'I was left speechless in the first chapter and couldn't put it down for hours.' Crime Book Club

'Prose is taut, wholly believable locations and a full cast bursting with engaging characters.' Crime Fiction Lover

'I loved this book! I can't wait to pick up more books by this author.' Debra's Book Cafe

'A well-rounded, and fulfilling novel, that still manages to keep you guessing right to the very end.' If These Books Could Talk

'A very gripping thriller indeed.' Ignite Books

'I wanted it to last forever but was so desperate to find out what happened next.' It's All About The Books

'My expectations of the characters were completely turned on their head. A gripping page turner.' Novel Kicks

'Stranger Child is a written well, hard-to-put-down psychological thriller' Off-the-shelf

'Sit and squeal all the way through to the end.' Reading Room with a View

'Stranger Child is an astounding read and I'm already looking forward to the next one.' Best Chick Lit

'Absorbing, complex and brilliantly planned, I loved this book.' 10/10. Novelicious

'It's a chilling and heart-breaking read that won't leave you unmoved.' Madhouse Family Reviews

About the Author

Rachel Abbott

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.

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14th May 2015


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Black Dot Publishing Ltd


372 pages


Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
Family Drama

Thriller / suspense



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