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The Sixth Window Paperback – 27 April 2017
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- Paperback : 408 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0957652283
- ISBN-13 : 978-0957652286
- Product Dimensions : 13.31 x 2.31 x 20.29 cm
- Publisher : Black Dot Publishing Limited (27 April 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 293,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
“I am in awe of Rachel Abbott’s plotting! The Sixth Window is Abbott at her best.” Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner
“The tension that built throughout this book simply blew me away.” Angela Marsons, author of Silent Scream
“Masterly and compelling. I couldn't put it down until its heart-stopping conclusion.” Robert Bryndza author of The Girl in the Ice
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The characters on this book are great and the story is suspenseful and leaves you with a chill running down your spine when you consider that this could be a part of a storyline we see in the news.
It explores relationships and how we can sometimes place our trust in others and be betrayed. Recommend this one
To me, Natalie came across as emotionally immature, and adolescent in her thinking throughout the story.
It was a great story though and well written so I put up with Natalie to the end.
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It’s a combination of police procedural and thriller. In the police procedural story arc, DCI Tom Douglas and DI Becky Robinson investigate the death of Jennifer, a fifteen-year old girl: did she jump from that old building, or was she pushed? And if she jumped, why? They also have to work on a re-opened case where Police Sergeant Bernie Gray was killed by joyriders, as a new DNA sample from a burglar matches DNA found at the scene; the timing of the accident doesn’t fit well with the typical pattern of joyriders, so was it murder rather than an accident?
In the thriller story arc, Bernie’s widow Natalie separates from her new partner Ed because she finds evidence on his laptop that he’s visited a mucky website which has images of naked young girls like Jennifer and Scarlett. Is Ed a good guy, or one of the baddies? She can’t risk Scarlett’s safety. In their new temporary flat Scarlett hears noises coming through the wall from the adjoining flat, happy sounds at first but which turn sad later. She decides to investigate, but she gets into real danger.
These two arcs are skilfully woven into a spellbinding story, gradually converging. There are red herrings aplenty, and a clever twist at the end. When I’d almost finished, I thought I had it sussed; I hadn’t though, the ending was a surprise. Very cleverly done.
The theme of the book is sex trafficking: especially how they pick on vulnerable girls and get their claws into them; and the devastating effect it has on the girls and their families.
The writing is good in that it disappears from view, allowing the story to be transmitted from the author's mind to mine without road bumps. The structure is good, with interesting events at regular intervals providing a cadence. The characters are alive and rounded and even the minor characters are well drawn. Thoroughly recommended.
After only a few paragraphs you are drawn into the emotional doubts of a mother about a relationship with an old friend after the death of her policeman husband, and which persuades her to rush into a situation which only complicates their lives. The author deploys a clever way of drawing you into the events and in the next chapter develops another side to the story which leaves you reading on, if only to satisfy yourself that things will work out and explain some of the unanswered questions. My husband read this with equal involvement so I can thoroughly recommend it as a very absorbing book and look forward to her next.
Over 800 reviews with a high approval rating suggests I'm the one out of sync here and I'd certainly recommend it to anyone who likes each short chapter to end on a cliffhanger so that the suspense stays at a high level throughout. I'm just not sure there was enough here to persuade me to read another in the series. Far from a waste of time but not quite strong enough, I'm afraid.
Police procedure is an active presence, but the force of the novel is at the heart of the plot involving Nataleie, her teenage daughter and the two men who feature so strongly in their lives. Where it seems to me Abbot is most successful is in interweaving the compex relationships that give rise to the increasing tension, with the intricacies of the plot. The book carries a real sense of authenticity and even without the accelerating movement towards the climax, the interaction between characters holds compelling attention itself. Perhaps again, the climax falls somewhat short of the suspense that has so skilfully been built up through the story, but here Abbot avoids the sentimentality, which weakens for me the later book.
Rachel Abbot is a novelist well worth seeking out.