- Paperback: 382 pages
- Publisher: Black Dot Publishing Limited (11 October 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1999943716
- ISBN-13: 978-1999943714
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 458 g
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A truly compelling, twisty, enthralling and satisfying read... Absolutely AMAZING! (Angela Marsons Evil Games)I was hooked from the first page, it was absolutely brilliant ... The twists came so quickly I almost got whiplash (Jenny Blackhurst The Foster Child)
I loved it! It's a breathless tour de force that left me hungry for more. I loved the strong female characters, atmospheric Cornish setting and the truly surprising ending. Psychological crime writing at its very best. (Kate Rhodes Crossbones Yard)
Really gripping and menacing - compulsive reading (Harriet Tyce Blood Orange)
What a storyteller Rachel Abbott is... I was hooked from the start (Cara Hunter Close to Home)
I raced through this compelling, twisty novel. Loved it (Laura Marshall Friend Request)
With And So It Begins, 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 Gone Astray)
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 The Doll House)
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The story does not flow, does not engage or hold my interest and is quite poorly written. Books like these are now flooding the market and are frankly boring.
This book was so different, so superbly written that at no point did I know the ending! So many twists to the story, but it carried the reader along on a brilliant journey towards a dramatic ending.
Evie marries Mark, and there is animosity between her and Marks sister, Cleo.... why that animosity exists is the basis of the entire story.
What a story it is! One well worth reading (and no peeking at the end...!!)
I’m looking forward to more from this author, she has exceptional talent.
It's lazily written and formulaic, so after plodding to the 20% mark on my Kindle I checked that I was right about the rest of the plot . Yep absolutely , and as it had been spelled out so obviously .
Had the read been more interesting and the characters properly developed I'd have stuck with it . Plot isn't always everything but decent writing and believable characters are.
The opening of this book is brilliant. Two police officers called to Mark and Evie's home after a distress call from the address. What they find is horrific turning the stomach of even the most experienced of investigators, but this will not be a simple case to solve even if they appear to have a confession. From here on in the first half of the book primarily focuses upon events which led to that fatal night, to how Evie met Mark and how the police came to be drawn into such a twisted story. This is a deliberately slow burning read, and you can feel the tension and the intrigue build with each page turn, drawing you in and making you question what is visible on the surface and what lies beneath, unseen and unspoken. It left me with many ideas as to what may be happening but also as many questions left to answer.
A good proportion of the second half of the book deals with the court case in which many of those outstanding questions are answered. Again, this is not a fast read, but Rachel Abbott still keeps you on the hook as a reader as more and more secrets are revealed and you are forced to question even the most simple elements of the crime that you thought you knew. There appear to be no easy answers to the questions posed by both the Prosecution and Defence. And one thing which is abundantly clear throughout the whole story, is that you cannot rely on any of the protagonists to give you a clear picture. This is a book full of unreliable narrators, with scenarios which will make you doubt their integrity nearly every step of the way.
I can't say that I particularly liked any of the characters in the story and yet I was still compelled to read onward. There are really only two who, by the end of the story, I felt any kind of sympathy for, both of them ultimately victims in a dangerous and deadly game. This is such a twisted and thought provoking read, and the author managed to manipulate my emotions so brilliantly that I went from sympathy to anger in no time flat. She definitely threw in a good few red herrings, although along the way and whilst the ending was not particularly a surprise over all, she still managed to catch me unawares with an unexpected revelation.
Overall this was a truly engrossing read that I finished in a day. It has a strong theme of family, forcing the reader to think about just how far they would go for their loved ones, and if the ends, in this case in particular, can ever justify the means. I loved the way in which the tension and uncertainty was created very early on and how the story drew me in, leaving me with the need to know the absolute truth. Definitely recommended.
I didn't find myself desperate to keep reading, the storyline was a bit too familiar and it lacked the drama, twists/turns and suspense of her previous books.
I also missed Tom Douglas - the detective in her previous books. He's such a great character and his relationship with Becky, his colleague, has always provided a fun and interesting subplot.
I'll continue to read Rachel Abbott books - perhaps my enjoyment of her other books set my expectations too high.
This book features new protagonists, Sergeant Stephanie King and DCI Gus Brodie.
Their relationship is complicated and I’m sure will be explored in more depth in the next episode.
A real mystery murder full of so many twists and turns, I really could not put it down. Nothing was more important than finding out the next twist!! Every chapter a new surprise to keep you guessing and the ending did not disappoint.
Interesting and charismatic characters,each one an enigma in their self.
If you like a good mystery murder and one that keeps you gripped to the very last page, then you must read this book.
Thank you yet againRachel Abbott.
None of the characters were at all likeable, and I struggled to finish, mainly because for some reason I feel guilty if I don' t finish a book I've started. I haven't read Rachel Abbot before, and if this is a fair example of her 'talent', I won't bother. The actual writing was very stilted as well.
This is not a Tom Douglas book (a fact some reviewers seem to be struggling with).
This is a book that includes new lead characters.
Stephanie and Gus. I enjoyed getting to know these characters and cannot wait to read more about them in future books.
This book tells the story of Evie, her husband Mark and his sister Cleo. It follows Mark’s apparent murder and the following investigation and trial. It also tells us the lead up to this and why what happened happens.
It was strange having to get used to Stephanie & Gus rather than Tom & Becky, although I think I could get used to that, but this book spent a lot of time on the 3 central characters and very little, by comparison, on the police investigations. The element of suspense was missing too .... the ‘childhood incident’ was mentioned so many times it was obvious what was going on (although I didn’t guess the ‘Mia twist’ until the late stages of the book.
So, to sum up, an okay book but not as good as previous ones.