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Only the Innocent [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Abbott
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (828 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.


REVIEWS:

"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


Editorial Reviews

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"Rachel Abbott has proved with this debut that she is a cracking writer. The book is a complex layered web, every chapter adding more and more layers of intrigue that pull you in further. I love thrillers and have read many of them, and this one stands out as one of the best. Amazing stuff." - Rachel Dove, The Kindle Book Review

"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

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 608 KB
  • Print Length: 470 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rachel Abbott; 2 edition (November 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00684EBC0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,334 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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202 of 217 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good effort - but needs more work June 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this book on my wife's Kindle - she downloaded it from Amazon after seeing an article about Rachel Abbott in a newspaper. Abbott has certainly done very well on the PR front and gained a lot of press coverage as an "Indy" author succeeding in the new world of self-publishing and e-books. But is "Only the Innocent" any good?

First point to get out of the way - I thought I was a confirmed print book dinosaur. My wife's Kindle has converted me to this new technology. It was light, easy to hold, easy to see (indoors and out) and the control on the font size is fantastic. I have to admit defeat. On my next holiday I will be packing a Kindle and leaving the usual dozen books behind. Well done, Amazon!

Now, to the book: I am a fast reader and zipped through the book in one session. I suspect that Rachel Abbott grew up with Agatha Christie novels and decided to write a traditional "locked room murder" with more sex and more violence thrown in for good measure and modernisation.

It starts off at a good pace, and keeps you turning the pages, or, if you are reading on a Kindle, pressing the button to see what happens. I was interested enough to keep reading, but in the end, it was more out of interest to see how this new author managed a finish to her work than to see what happened to the characters.

I think she has the skeleton of a good crime story here, but it really, really could have done with the attention of a good editor. The characters were all thin and two-dimensional. The dialogue grates as wooden and unrealistic. The detective came over as more believable than the other protagonists, and if she writes another book, I think he is worth developing. I can't say that I really cared about what happened to the rest of the cast.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your classic "who dunnit" January 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Rachel Abbott's Only the Innocent is not your average "who dunnit" murder mystery. The question that drives this thriller is not "who" did it, but "why". 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.

Philanthropist Hugo Fletcher is known world wide for his charitable works rescuing Eastern-European prostitutes from their dark world and giving them a second chance with a new job and foster family. However, there is a darkness to him that the flashing bulbs of the cameras hide. When he is found dead in the middle of sexual act, it is up to Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas to uncover the truth behind Hugo's all too perfect public persona and unmask the vileness that was known to only those closest to him. It seems everyone who comes in contact with Hugo has a secret and it's Douglas' job to weave through the tangled web of deception and perversion to find the killer.

I was most impressed with how Abbott carefully fed each morsel of evidence to her readers. We learn just enough as the story moves along but never enough to put all the pieces together. And without giving away any spoilers, I will say that even when Abbott made me believe I had all the information, she packed in one last punch at the end. She tied up loose ends that I wasn't even aware were there.

As with all murder mysteries, the story before the death is always important and many authors struggle with what we call an "info dump". No one wants to read, "Well Johnny, it went like this..." then read an entire chapter recounting every single step that led to the incident.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunningly complex debut novel January 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Rachel Abbott has proved with this debut that she is a cracking writer. The book is a complex layered web, every chapter adding more and more layers of intrigue and pulls you in further. I don't do spoiler reviews, but by the end of the book I felt profoundly sorry for Laura, wife of the victim and very pleased that the murder victim had indeed met his end.

A man is found dead, obviously killed by a female and executed clinically and professionally. Will our boy in blue Tom put the pieces together, and when he does, will he follow his heart or his head?

I love thrillers, and have read many of them, and this one stands out as one of the best. I cannot wait for her next offering, Abbott made me as a writer want to tuck under the duvet and shut out the world till I had finished her story. Amazing stuff.

Rachel Dove, The Kindle Book Review
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true psychological thriller! April 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sir Hugo Fletcher is dead. The controversial philanthropist has been murdered. Now it's up to Tom Douglas to unravel the mystery behind the man and his life to discover the truth. And what he uncovers is a sordid secret life of illusions, delusions, depravity, violence, and murders. Now the only question remaining is how to protect the innocent from further damage.

Rachel Abbott has written an amazing debut novel with lots of twists and turns, adding layer upon layer that will leave you guessing right up to the end. Her characters are well-drawn and very complex, and she sets the scenes perfectly - taking us from the glamour of upper-crust society to the depths of poverty and neglect. A great story, executed with style. Bravo, Ms. Abbott!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A new author and read for me
Stumbled on this author, and glad I did. She weaves her tales and interweaving characters pretty well, and they have just enough of a hidden twist to keep me interested.
Published 2 hours ago by J. Noelle Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and frustrating
I read one of Rachel Abbott's later books and really enjoyed it so I sought out others. Although the murder occurs in the beginning, the introduction of the characters and the... Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Sabrina
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
enjoyed this book very much. kept you guessing who the bad guy was till close to the end. good summer read.
Published 1 day ago by Darla Minehart
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous story that sparks your imagination.
The plot is carefully crafted to keep you guessing until the final page. The differences between British and American investigators techniques makes me feel that those across the... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Charles Spratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I found this book to be compelling even though unsurprising. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely will read another by this author.
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Lots of twists; story could have gone several different ways. Good read!
Published 3 days ago by Sunnybrook
4.0 out of 5 stars ... first read Rachel Abbott's 'Sleep Tight' and fell in love with the...
I first read Rachel Abbott's 'Sleep Tight' and fell in love with the characters of Tom and Becky. Not knowing I had read her latest book first I decided to come back and read her... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Krista Curtiss
2.0 out of 5 stars so so
I am not sure why I kept reading this...it's too long. A who done it it's not. The denouement is disappointing.
Published 4 days ago by Mary K. Glubka
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Didn't enjoy the story or the characters so I didn't finish reading it.
Published 4 days ago by Mel D. Sole
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
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More About the Author

Rachel published Only the Innocent in November 2011. It raced up the UK charts to reach the top 100 within 12 weeks and quickly hit the #1 spot in the Amazon Kindle chart (all categories) and remained there for four weeks.

Originally Only the Innocent was a self-published title, but since the success of the early version, the novel was re-edited and the new version was launched in the US by Thomas and Mercer in paperback, audio and Kindle versions on 5th February 2013, hitting the number one spot in the Kindle Store in August 2013. Her second book, The Back Road, was also published by Thomas and Mercer.

Her third book, Sleep Tight, was published in February 2014.

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 fulfil one of her lifelong ambitions - to buy and restore a property in Italy.

Rachel now lives in Alderney - a beautiful island off the coast of France, and is now able to devote time to her other love - writing fiction. For more information, see Rachel's website, or follow her on Twitter.

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