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Only The Innocent [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Abbott
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Book Description

Every moment of Sir Hugo Fletcher’s life has been chronicled in the British press: his privileged upbringing, his high-profile charity work to end human trafficking—even his two marriages. But when the billionaire philanthropist is discovered murdered in his London home, tied naked to a bed, the scandal is only a shadow of the darkness lurking off-camera.

Laura Fletcher returns from an Italian vacation to find her husband dead and her home under siege by paparazzi. Is she shocked? Yes. But is she distraught? Not exactly. Especially when Chief Inspector Tom Douglas reveals his suspicions that Hugo’s killer is female. Laura always knew she wasn’t the only woman in Hugo’s life. And she knows she wasn’t the only one with a motive to kill.

The deeper Douglas digs, the more sordid details about Hugo Fletcher he uncovers. And yet nothing compares to the secret Laura guards, a secret that could bring the guilty to justice—or destroy an innocent life forever.


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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.

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  • File Size: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 470 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611097843
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (February 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091TMAK4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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204 of 219 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
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed Rachel's writing style and I thought the book clipped...
I am not sure if it's because I'm not British or what, but I didn't relate to the tough homicide cop getting all emotional all the time - nearly in tears about the situation the... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Stephanie J
3.0 out of 5 stars Only the Innocent
It took me awhile to really get into this book because I just couldn't believe that someone had written about things only in nightmares. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jan chase
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you like guessing until the end, I recommend this book. It kept one guessing through the entire story.
Published 3 days ago by Patricia Goss
3.0 out of 5 stars If you are looking for a good book with a real bad guy this is it
It was a very readable book it had several plots working at once and held my interest...If the bad guy hadn't been murdered I would have found it necessary to kill him my self.
Published 9 days ago by Carol Piscatelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic read loved it
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Interesting all the way through to the end. It's a good mystery that holds your interest.
Published 10 days ago by Nancy J. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Only the innocent
What a creepy story!!! It held my interest and you can probably guess who done it but the reasons are creepy.
Published 10 days ago by Gina Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
Loved this book and can't wait to read more by this author .
Published 14 days ago by nolagrammy
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful end.
This is a great book. Gripping story that keeps you guessing to the end. Once you start you cannot put it down. And the ending is very nice compared to the horrible content.
Published 14 days ago by Marguerite Britt-Hatma
5.0 out of 5 stars Only the Innocent
I like English detectives, this is a good one.DCI Tom Douglas
and DS Robinson are assigned a murder. This has sexual deviate indications. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Shirley Ann
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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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