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Only the Innocent by [Abbott, Rachel]
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An Amazon Number One Bestseller



A man is dead. The killer is a woman. But what secrets lie beneath the surface - so dark that a man has to die?

Women are rarely cold blooded killers. But when famous philanthropist Hugo Fletcher is found dead, there is no doubt in anybody's mind that the killer is a woman. And it is clear from the precision of the planning that this was no crime of passion. It was an execution.

The victim was revered the world over for his charitable work with trafficked Eastern European prostitutes, and as at least one of these girls is missing, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is certain that there has to be a connection.

But nothing is as it appears on the surface. A web of complex relationships is gradually revealed and it seems that everybody has something to hide. As each horrific secret is exposed, Tom Douglas begins to realise that this is much more than a simple murder case. And he has a terrible dilemma to face - whether to punish the guilty, or protect the innocent.


What people say about Only the Innocent



"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." Karen DeLabar: Writing on the Rocks

"Excellent and intriguing start which had me hooked from the first page." S Wilton

"A brilliantly written storyline that's hard to put down, I highly recommend this book and the author." Janet Clark

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1027 KB
  • Print Length: 471 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rachel Abbott; 2 edition (14 November 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00684EBC0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #723 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This is a gripping thriller that has many unexpected twists and turns. I bought it because it had been in the top 20 for so long and wanted to know what the fuss was about and wasn't disappointed. It's a tad long winded at times, that would be my only criticism but otherwise highly original. The excellent plot includes the dark issues of sexual perversion and psychological abuse, how this undermines self confidence, but also how they can cause the victims to behave out of character when pushed too far. Tom the lead detective who was very engaging, eventually has to make the choice between duty or compassion. Laura Fletcher (the wife of Sir Hugo, the philanthropist) reveals details of her sad marriage via letters to her friend, which she never sends but allows her to tell her story over time. I know some reviewers found this to be frustrating but I loved it because you really got a sense of what she went through and how she changed over the course of the marriage. Ultimately, it's a clever who dunnit? With the undertones of sexual weirdness. This is a very good book, well written and unique, it starts steadily and racks up the tension until you have to read more and more to find out what happens. A gripping read that I thoroughly recommend. 4.5 stars
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By Amanda TOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 January 2015
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This is the 3rd book I've read by Rachel Abbott (although its the 2nd book in the series about Detective Chief inspector Tom Douglas) as I mistakenly read them the wrong way around - but it's a great stand alone novel anyway.
I found Only the Innocent to be very dark but so well written that the abuse which is divulged by the main character is in bite sizes, so easier to read. The story which unfolds slowly is brilliant and disturbing. I worked out who the murderer is in the book early on but it doesn't spoil the story it actually makes it more fascinating as all the pieces tie together at the end. I recommend to anyone who enjoys detective, suspense books.
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By Neil TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 March 2017
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A rich famous man with strange sexual desires and had this way of treating woman like dirt and also trafficked young girls for prostitution from Eastern Europe and for his own needs.In the end killed by his abused wife to protect his daughter. You must read it to the end ..A great read , well done.
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By lisa TOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 January 2017
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This is one of the early books in Rachel Abbott's series about chief inspector Tom Douglas. It is less polished than later books such as 'Kill me Again' but it's a thrilling tale with non stop twists. It opens with an unknown female assassinating a highly respected peer. The rest of the book investigates the women who had a motive to murder him including the peer's sad wife, her best buddy his avaricious ex and the thousands of women he rescued from sex slavery.

This author must have experience of a gaslighter - a man who maintains control by convincing his partner that she is imagining stuff. Many of her books feature these creepy guys. In fact every Rachel Abbott book I've read so far is more about the villain than the heroine and this book is no exception. The heroine is relatable but a little bland, yet the villain is larger than life and each layer of his complex personality is revealed.

A warning for survivors of abuse is that this book does delve into sexual and emotional abuse in some detail. It is done very well but because of this it may trigger flashbacks. Overall it's a compelling book, one I couldn't put down and that will stay with me for a long time.
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Every single book of Rachel's is spine tingling and riveting however, this particular one had me drinking coffee at 1am because I refused to put it down. This is a masterpiece of intrigue, family secrets, suspense and terror that will forever leave an indelible mark on any reader.
This author has such a brilliant talent for creating believable characters, storylines and injecting just the right amount of confusion to keep you guessing right to the end.

You will fall in love, hate and empathize with Laura simultaneously as her life with her famous philanthropist husband Hugo is put under the spotlight when he is found dead. The various people in and around her life all come together in support, denial and guilt as the truth slowly comes out with each new discovery that DCI Tom and his team uncovers. Soon they realize they are in search of a killer who appears to have more than enough motive as secrets are uncovered and laid bare.
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This is a very emotional book and I think it shoild be compulsive reading matter to bring this very serious matter to light. Amazing and horrifying what a wonderful author. An Amazon Kindle customer.
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It took me decades to realise that this powerful song was about a man killing his woman. Over these decades I also learnt that domestic violence was about power and control and manifested through the social status men have had for so long over women. This story shows all that and is a major contribution to the developing societal understanding of domestic violence.
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Not a dull moment in this book a real page turner
Great characters with real depth.
Brilliant plot.
The main character Tom was a refreshing change from the samey detectives you find in a lot of books
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