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Only the Innocent [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Abbott
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Book Description


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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About the Author

Rachel Abbott was born and raised in Manchester, England, and trained as a systems analyst before launching her own interactive media company in the early 1980s. She sold her company in 2000, and in 2005 moved to the Le Marche region of Italy. She lives there today with her husband, dividing her time between writing her second novel, cooking, and dabbling in web design.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1014 KB
  • Print Length: 471 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611097843
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rachel Abbott; 2 edition (14 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00684EBC0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,642 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rachel Abbott was born just outside Manchester, England. She spent most of her working life as the Managing Director of an interactive media company, developing software and websites for the education market. The sale of that business enabled her to take early retirement and fulfil one of her lifelong ambitions - to buy and restore a property in Italy.

But even in Italy the winters can be cold and wet, and so Rachel decided to fill those dismal days by fulfilling another ambition - writing a psychological thriller! ONLY THE INNOCENT, her first novel, was more successful than she could ever have imagined, and it enabled her to change her life yet again, and become a full time writer. Her third novel, SLEEP TIGHT, was released on 24th February 2014 and was her third number one.

Stranger Child, Rachel's latest book, was released on 24th February 2015.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plodding in places but a good debut 8 July 2014
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I read Sleep Tight first (apparently the third one in this series) quite by chance and was totally engrossed in it. Realising I had bought Only the Innocent some time ago and, for some unknown had overlooked it, I started reading it with relish as I had so enjoyed Sleep Tight. I also wanted to know more about the background of the wonderful and gorgeous, DCI Tom Douglas who I really like, and his sergeant, Becky Robinson.

I have to say I struggled with this one, sadly. I just felt like it was going round and round in circles at times and was getting frustrated as to why no one was telling the truth.

Laura Fletcher is a character I liked and loathed at times; her whiny voice was getting on my nerves and she seemed so weak and feeble I wanted to shake her! She is married the handsome but dastardly, Hugo, who makes her life a living hell with his dreadful but very careful bullying of her until she is a mere shell of her former vivacious self.

We learn what has happened to Laura in her letters to her life long friend, and latterly sister in law, Imogen. The letters were never sent but kept secret should anything happen to her and then Imogen would know the truth. However during the investigation into the sudden death of Hugo, Laura gives the letters to Imogen to read so she knows what has been happening to her as she had lost contact with Imogen many years before.

It's fast, it's pacy and should have been wonderfully enjoyable but I felt there was something slightly lacking and overall that it was a little too long, as the facts were constantly being repeated which became quite tedious. However as I realise this was Rachel Abbott's debut novel and I have since read another book of hers, I would recommend reading it if only to get the background on the delicious Tom, who I know is going to be a great character.
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273 of 293 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping novel 11 Jan. 2012
By marglyn
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was sent to my kindle for me to review.
The author has it all here with darkness, abuse, degradation, drugs, sex and a murder at the start of the novel. The husband is a control freak and his idea of marital relations are not the normal ones found in a loving relationship. His wife is not aware of this at first but begins to see something is not right on their honeymoon. It is the wife who tells most of the story through the letters she writes to her best friend. The caring policeman who is drawn to the wife, the missing girls and his own daughter are all involved in different ways.

This is a well written novel and the plot is superb, nothing is given away to the reader. Several twists and turns. I highly recommend it and look forward to reading more of this authors works.
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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable! 30 April 2013
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This is the second Rachel Abbott novel I've read and I enjoyed it immensely! She has a wonderful way of making the characters very real and engaging so you can't help but read on to find out more about what has and is happening to them. The writing style is very descriptive so you can really picture the characters, places and scenes in the book for yourself. The plot of this book built up steadily and kept me hooked and I'm delighted to say that I didn't see the end coming, which is unusual for me. A top class read and I hope Rachel brings out another book very soon!
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner!! 18 Mar. 2012
By Kim89
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this book very hard to put down!! The twists and turns the novel took were enough to keep you shocked and want to know more. It really annoys me when people write reviews which clearly over analyse the content ... Just read and enjoy or not enjoy don't go into dialogue, character depth etc etc.

This book certainly entertained me on a rainy Sunday, which is what u want from a book !!!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only The Innocent 6 April 2013
By Big Bertha TOP 500 REVIEWER
I read this book because of the many positive reviews it had and on the whole really enjoyed it. I like a thriller and love a murder so it seemed my sort of book.

The book had a great start that really drew me into the story, I liked the style of writing and the book flowed well. As the past was gradually unravelled by way of letters written by the murder victims wife Laura to her friend but never posted, I was intrigued enough to want to read to the end to find out which of the many suspects could have killed Sir Hugo Fletcher.

Bit of a cross between a thriller and a romance. If I'm totally honest I found the ending a bit unrealistic and it did spoil what would have been a brilliant book for me. But on the whole a really good book that I would recommend.

Bearing in mind that this was Rachel Abbott's first novel, I was pretty impressed and have already bought and started her latest one The Back Road
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read so much, gave me a headache! 5 May 2013
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I have to blame this novel for giving me a headache. I started reading this novel earlier this morning and couldn't put it down and read so much, I had to have a lie down with a cool flannel over my head! Seriously, it's one of the best crime novels I've read for a while, and it passed the 'page-turner' test for me.

The characters were very good, I really liked DCI Tom Douglas and I hope there will be more of him. I really enjoyed reading about the relationship between Laura and Hugh, gripping stuff and had me saying 'nooooo' at my kindle a few times.

The story was very well paced and offered little hooks all the way through to keep me reading, hence the headache. I found myself racing through the end to find out the solution, and it was very satisfactory. I'm looking forward to reading the next novel, only this time I'd better have some Ibuprofen at the ready as I think it'll be another gripping read.
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Good God this book was terrible. An the ending was worse. As I already knew who the killer was dragged out for nothing. I read to end while skipping a lot of it. Read more
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