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Come A Little Closer: The breath-taking psychological thriller with a heart-stopping ending Kindle Edition
They come every night.
Snow is falling softly as a young woman takes her last breath.
Fifteen miles away, two women sit silently in a dark kitchen. They don't speak, because there is nothing left to be said.
Another woman boards a plane to escape the man who is trying to steal her life. But she will have to return, sooner or later.
These strangers have one thing in common. They each made one bad choice - and now they have no choices left. Soon they won't be strangers, they'll be family...
When DCI Tom Douglas is called to the cold, lonely scene of a suspicious death, he is baffled. Who is she? Where did she come from? How did she get there? How many more must die?
Who is controlling them, and how can they be stopped?
The compelling new psychological thriller from three-million-copy bestselling author Rachel Abbott.
Praise for Come a Little Closer
'Clever, creepy and compelling.' - Sharon Bolton, author of The Craftsman
'Come a Little Closer is a brilliant crime read . Rachel Abbott is already one of the Queens of Crime, but this dark tale of manipulation, danger and lies adds to her reputation for outstanding storytelling.' - Kate Rhodes, author of Hell Bay
'In Come a Little Closer , Abbott's usual high calibre plotting provides everything the reader needs in a gripping thriller. Satisfying investigation from the ever-lovely Tom Douglas, and a killer twist that makes this one her best yet.' - Louise Voss, co-author of From the Cradle
'The tangled web Rachel Abbott weaves is both intriguing and horrifying and I found myself living this story. I was totally gripped by it.' - Kath Middleton, author and blogger
‘What a cracker of a book! Spellbinding. Breathtaking. The pace just builds and builds to the climax giving you a really uneasy feeling in your bones. And that ending! OMG! What a shocker!' - Kim Nash, Kim the Bookworm blog
‘No-one blends a psychological thriller with a police procedural like this woman and although I'm emotionally exhausted every time I finish one of her books I am equally hungry for more. Captivating! Sinister! Twisty! ’ - Angela Marsons, author of Silent Scream
Praise for Rachel Abbott
'A properly addictive, leave-the-light-on thriller.' – Red Magazine
'This fast-paced thriller will have you racing through to its shocking conclusion.' - Closer
'Almost unbearably tense, with a killer twist.' - Good Housekeeping
'No-one blends a psychological thriller with a police procedural like this woman. Captivating! Sinister! Twisty!' Angela Marsons, author of Silent Scream
'Come a Little Closer is a brilliant crime read. Rachel Abbott is already one of the Queens of Crime, but this dark tale of manipulation, danger and lies adds to her reputation for outstanding storytelling.' Kate Rhodes, author of Hell Bay
'In Come a Little Closer, Abbott's usual high calibre plotting provides everything the reader needs in a gripping thriller. Satisfying investigation from the ever-lovely Tom Douglas, and a killer twist that makes this one her best yet.' Louise Voss, co author of From the Cradle
'Come A Little Closer is a heart-stopping foray into DCI Tom Douglas' latest investigation. Swathed in suspense and tension, this thrilling, utterly marvellous book will snatch the breath from its readers and capture their imagination from the very first word of the very first sentence! Wonderful!' - Ronnie Turner, blogger
'The tangled web Rachel Abbott weaves is both intriguing and horrifying and I found myself living this story. I was totally gripped by it.' Kath Middleton, author and blogger
'What a cracker of a book! Spellbinding. Breath-taking. The pace just builds and builds to the climax giving you a really uneasy feeling in your bones. And that ending! OMG! What ashocker!' Kim the Bookworm
'Creepy to the core, Rachel Abbott never fails to deliver with her mind-blowing twists and downright sinister storylines! 5 stars' - Noelle, Crimebookjunkie
'Come A Little Closer is a very twisty mix of dark psychological thriller and intelligent police procedural. Rachel Abbott has created an intricate web of lies and deceit.' - Victoria Goldman, Off-the-Shelf Books.
About the Author
Rachel Abbott is a British author of psychological thrillers. A self-publisher, her first seven novels have combined to sell over three million copies, and have all been bestsellers on Amazon's Kindle store. In 2015, she was named the 14th bestselling author over the last five years on Amazon's Kindle in the UK.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B079GYCX7R
- Publisher : Black Dot Publishing Ltd (February 15, 2018)
- Publication date : February 15, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 6326 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 406 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1999943708
- Best Sellers Rank: #79,077 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My only wish is that Abbott would move away from the tragic, and in my opinion, rather naive and sometimes stupid female victim. I have found myself becoming annoyed at times when another of Abbott’s female victims appears to have been living in some kind of bubble of unknowingness, never spending a minute thinking about how to legally protect herself. I get tired of the stereotypical women who are constantly being taken advantage of and have apparently never heard of hiring an attorney to help them protect their interests. I realize that the USoA is a litigious society but our legal system was built on the foundation of the UK’s, so these women must have heard of lawyers. Abbott’s women don’t seem able to make a logical and informed decision or to even know or to be aware of what motivates the people most important in their own lives and that bothers me. It’s almost like the victim can be blamed for her own situation. I don’t think that is what the author intends but it is the inevitable result when the victim’s actions go against every instinct of a reasonable woman.
I realize that the purpose of a handsome and empathetic unmarried cop like DCI Douglas in this type of novel is to rescue the victim while heroically vanquishing the bad guy. Douglas is very romantically appealing and what heterosexual woman doesn’t sometimes fantasize about that scenario? But for a change, can’t he rescue a woman who won’t need rescuing again in ten minutes because she is unable to learn from her questionable decisions and mistakes? I have preordered the next book in the series and I sincerely hope it contains no women determined to bring disaster upon themselves. That kind of predictability gets boring and really exasperating, not to mention implausible.
I love how Abbott can lead you one way then change directions without it feeling cheap. First impressions of a character can and often are wrong.
The second part was the couple. There was such a build up of suspense surrounding the plot and I kept thinking if the author doesn't handle this right, it's going to be very disappointing. You can't build that much suspense only for the reader to discover in the end that it was something ridiculous. It was a big letdown for me. Oh well...on to the next one.
For one thing, the main character was colourless and spineless and the ending felt as though it was added to give an impactful twist but didn’t fit.
The storyline of the twisted psychiatrist and his sister Thea was seriously flawed and portrayed women as willing subjects and frankly stupid.
The main focus is on Callie, a young woman who sets off on a cruise after almost coming to blows with her abusive live-in useless boyfriend Ian.
While away, Ian leaves nasty voicemails and emails for Callie making the breakup and enjoying her holiday impossible. On the cruise, Callie meets an older couple and confides her troubles to the ‘wife-Thea’.
From the moment Callie returns home her life spirals out of control and the reappearance of Thea seems like a godsend.
Parallel to this is the investigative police team who discover a body at the Pennington Flash Country Park. The circumstances surrounding the death are suspicious. I will definitely read Rachel Abbot again but this was nowhere near her best.
My only gripe about this series of books is that, in my opinion, there is too much about Tom Douglas' personal life, especially his brother Jack, a slightly far fetched character I think. This novel went into some detail of Jack and the part he played in the earlier books.
Overall, though, I would highly recommend the book and anything else written by this brilliant storyteller.
If you are looking for engaging and not over-graphic mystery this may be book for you.
Top reviews from other countries
A young woman is given a return ticket to Burma by her uncle before he dies, to ensure that she visits somewhere that means a lot to him. Her live-in boyfriend, Ian, wants her to stay and cash the ticket in. He would rather she had the money to top up “their account”. It makes her even more determined to go.
Before she leaves she realises that she and Ian are not getting on so asks him to move out. As expected he refuses, citing her selfishness as one of the reasons. Once she is away, he sends emails and texts about what she has done to him. He says he will start selling her things so he can have money he thinks he is entitled to. The house is hers. He has no job and lives off her. Her resolve strengthens and she continues with her trip.
She meets Thea (husband Psychiatrist Garrett) in Burma. Become good friends. Meets up with Theo when back in Manchester an goes to stay with them after an argument with Ian in her return.
She is told she sleep walks and has murdered Ian. She has to remain out of sight in their house.
All the twists and turns of this really keeps you guessing. The body of a woman turns up with no apparent cause of death. Two women living in a basement and working as skivvies. Suspected drugging, loss, and fear. An abusive relationship where the weight eventually shifts.
This is all gripping stuff and Rachel Abbott weaves her magic on another 5 star book.
The ending was a complete surprise too, but a good one.
Great that Jack made an appearance again. I always enjoy the banter between the two brothers.
I’m only sad to have to wait another year until the next one .
The strikingly new ingredients that feature in this novel are the importance of pharmaceuticals, trust (by no means a simple virtue) and the menacing presence of the hidden Judiths. It is an intricate cocktail that Rachel Abbot serves up. It may well be some weakness in my reading, but the presence of Jack and Nathan, who are very much at the centre of things here, are never as convincing as the other characters. I find them something of an irritant. Nonetheless, I’d recommend this book as clever and an engrossing read.
Rachel’s books usually grab me from the get go, but she seemed to be trying a different style this time, and I just didn’t enjoy it. I found the characters unconvincing and the plot rather contrived and downright implausible in places.
Rachel is normally so adept at weaving a great plot while continuing the story of Tom’s private life. In fact, it’s exactly this balance that makes you look forward to the next book. Here, however, Tom (and his team) seemed somehow diminished in importance, almost as if they were just along for the ride, rather than actively driving the narrative.
All in all, a disappointing and frustrating read. Sorry, Rachel, but I just can’t find anything positive to say about it.
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I was drawn into the story from the first page, and found it very clever how it all connected towards the end. Felt like I was really in the house, and experiencing the sudden realisation of the situation that Callie was in. Dont think I would have been taken in by their explanations of why they did what they did, but can imaging being at their mercy, and unable to put things right.
A very gripping story, and hoping to find the next Rachel Abbot story as absorbing as this one was.