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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dot Publishing (18 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957652208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957652200
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,672 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Rachel's website can be found at

Website : http://www.rachel-abbott.com
Blog : http://rachelabbottwriter.wordpress.com/
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/RachelAbbott1Writer

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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 now divides her time between the home she shares with her husband in Italy and their home in Alderney, one of the Channel Islands where she is now writing her next book. Rachel Abbott’s first novel – Only the Innocent – became an international bestseller, reaching the number one position in the Amazon charts and staying there for over four weeks. The Back Road is her second novel.

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112 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Big Bertha TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 April 2013
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Just outside the small village of Little Melham a 14 year old girl, running away from her pursuer is hit by a car on 'the back road', a road that is mainly used by locals. The driver doesn't stop and at a dinner party the following night it becomes clear that a number of the guests have something to hide.

This book drew me in from the opening pages, its many characters, twists and red herrings had me changing my mind about the characters, what they'd been up to on the night in question and who was guilty of what right to the end.

This author is really good at keeping the intrigue and suspense going by holding back information and releasing snippets bit by bit. I like her style of writing and find it flows well.

Really enjoyed this book and hope it won't be too long before the author releases her next one
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By C. Bannister TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 April 2013
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Having really enjoyed Rachel Abbott's first book Only the Innocent I was keen to see what she would serve up next. The Back Road didn't disappoint. This is a book of many strands, one of which is the relationship between Ellie Saunders and her younger sister Leo. Leo has come to visit Ellie in her newly renovated house, the house where the girls were bought up with a missing father and cruel mother. Ellie wants to find out where their father is but his relationship with Leo has left her unable to trust men and she would rather leave the past behind.

The other strand centres on the village of Little Melham. This is a village with a number of secrets at its heart. When Abbie is found by the side of the road after a hit and run accident it appears that quite a large proportion of the inhabitants weren't where they said they were.

There was plenty to keep the me entertained during this 313 page book, with affairs and secrets buried along with a spate of anonymous texts, I raced on to find out what would crawl out of the woodwork next! This book has a great plot and manages not to loose it's way as the strands wind their way around each other and there were a good number of blind alleys to fool the reader. The ending was satisfying, although for once I had managed to work out who the perpetrator was this didn't take any of the enjoyment away for me. A satisfying read.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Mar. 2013
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Rachel Abbott's second thriller tells us the story of two half-sisters, Ellie and Leo, who have survived a difficult childhood. Ellie and her husband have restored the family home, inherited by Ellie and scene of childhood fears for Leo. Ellie is receiving phone calls and is being `stalked' and subjected to blackmail. A young girl has been the victim of a hit and run driver on the Back Road and Ellie is one of the nursing team looking after her. Several couples and individuals who come together for a housewarming at the newly renovated house are bound together in the aftermath of the accident.

The story is an exciting and complex one, where past and present echo and reflect one another. Here and there a mis-direct made me feel I knew what was happening but in a Rachel Abbott story there's more there than immediately obvious. This is a tightly written psychological thriller, very nicely paced, and I enjoyed it very much. My attention was caught and kept by the intrigues of the people in the village. I wasn't able to guess the full implications until close to the end. It seems to me that some of these characters might appear again in further works by Rachel Abbott, as their story and their possibilities haven't been exhausted. Here's hoping!

I received a review copy of this book pre-publication.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. R. L. Dove on 28 Mar. 2013
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I loved Rachel Abbott's first book, and could not wait to read her eagerly awaited second novel. I have followed her journey from the beginning and she is a true inspiration to us Indie authors. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, down to the cover art and title name. It is well presented and edited and the story is engaging and infuriating!

The book's central characters, half sisters Ellie and Leo, are as different as night and day and this book follows them, their family and friends as an incident threatens to uncover things best left alone, and everyone seems to have a secret. It reads like a murder mystery, and every snippet left me screaming to find out what their secrets were. The characters are well written, and their layers are peeled chapter by teasing chapter. This is what Rachel Abbott does best, she has a real insight into the behaviour of people, and this really makes the book brilliant. I was desperate to find out the ending and the whole thing was a pleasure to read. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Rachel Dove
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By maggiefb on 24 April 2013
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No need to go into detail about the storyline and plot - so many people have already done this - but I'd just like to say that I've discovered a new author - and possibly a new series if Tom Douglas reappears in his new role of Detective Chief Inspector of Manchester Police.
The story centres round the Cheshire village of New Melham and some of its residents, past and present. Leo arrives to visit her sister Ellie who lives in a newly-renovated house with husband Max and incredibly unobtrusive 5-year old twins Jake and Ruby. That night a hit-and-run accident on the back road out of the village leaves 14-year-old Abbie for dead. The next night sees Ellie and Max hosting a house-warming dinner party for several village residents. As the story develops we realise that most of the characters have secrets of one sort or another, and quite a few of them were not where they were supposed to have been on the night of the accident.
I finished this book quickly - by reading during the day when I should have been doing other things - and immediately downloaded Abbott's first novel 'Only The Innocent'. And I can't help thinking it would make a compelling TV series due to the diverse and interesting characters.
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