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"Absorbing, complex and brilliantly planned, I loved this book. 10/10." Novelicious

"The characters are believable and the crimes credible. Contemporary issues, grief and desperation are well handled. The pace is good, the twists credible and it can easily be read as a stand alone. Enjoy." Crime Thriller Hound

"I was left speechless in the first chapter and couldn't put it down for hours. Rachel is amazing at building tension and keeping you turning page after page." Crime Book Club

"Stranger Child was the PERFECT thriller. I couldn't get enough of this shocking story." Bookaholic Confessions

"Ms. Abbott writes complex and yet very believable thrillers and this book was no exception. You will be on the edge of your seat constantly. 5 stars. A very strong thriller." Books, Reviews, Etc.

"Stranger Child is Rachel Abbott's fourth book but rest assured, she hasn't run out of good ideas yet. I love a good psychological thriller and this one definitely has the thrill aspect at its heart assisted by the fast pace full of tension from the opening sentence." Cleopatra Loves Books

"Prose is taut, wholly believable locations and a full cast bursting with engaging characters." Crime Fiction Lover

"I loved this book! What I loved the most about this book was the plot. There are a few 'curve balls' in this story, which definitely kept me on my toes. I really could not put this down." Debra's Book Cafe

"Set against the opposing realities of harsh, crime-ridden gangs and cosy, well-off, Middle-England families, Abbott seamlessly weaves three separate narratives together into one barn-stormer of a thriller. ...a well-rounded, and fulfilling novel, that still manages to keep you guessing right to the very end."  If These Books Could Talk

About the Author

Rachel Abbott is a British author of psychological thrillers. Her first three self-published novels combined to sell over one million copies, and have all been bestsellers on Amazon's Kindle store. Her fourth novel, Stranger Child, was released on Kindle in February 2015 and paperback in May.

Born and raised in Manchester, Rachel trained as a systems analyst before launching her own interactive media company in the early 1980s. After selling her company in 2000, she moved to the Le Marche region of Italy.

When six-foot snowdrifts prevented her from leaving the house for a couple of weeks, she started writing and found she couldn't stop. Since then her debut thriller Only the Innocent has become an international bestseller, reaching the number one position in the Amazon charts both in the UK and US. This was followed by the number one bestselling novels The Back Road and Sleep Tight.

Rachel Abbott now lives in Alderney and writes full-time. Stranger Child is her fourth novel. 

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  • File Size: 3572 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957652240
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Black Dot Publishing Ltd (February 24, 2015)
  • Publication Date: February 24, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00T6MDXA2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Abduction must be a parent’s worst nightmare. David doesn’t only lose his wife in an accident but his six year-old daughter disappears. He remarries and has a son with his second wife. Then, unbelievably, his daughter reappears, now aged thirteen. In this gripping and disturbing thriller we find out gradually what has happened to young Natasha over the intervening years. DCI Tom Douglas becomes involved when David’s second child is kidnapped and we watch as his mother, Emma, struggles with the decision to involve the police. We find out more about Tom’s late brother Jack and his relationships in this story, too.

Rachel Abbott’s plots are always complex but believable psychological thrillers and this is no exception. I found myself asking what I would do in this case and I honestly don’t know. A very gripping thriller indeed. I received an advance copy of this book from the author, in exchange for a review.
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I loved the twists and turns in the story. Emma is everything I could want in a main character. - a good person dealt some tough choices, who handles her suddenly upside down life without turning into a crazy witch or a helpless female who must be rescued. The story moved along at a fast pace and I finished it in two sittings. I liked that it covered some horrific topics but didn't get weird or too detailed about them, as some of the authors past works have. The end wrapped up a little too quickly for me which is why the 3 stars not the 4, I think it almost hit. It also wasn't wrapped up with a neat bow. I hope I get a little more closure in the next book but since this just came out it's going to be a long time coming. I hate leaving characters dangling in hurt and limbo for a year, and it isn't just the main storyline that got left dangling. I would still recommend this a good read.
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Stranger Child is Rachel Abbott’s fourth book but rest assured, she hasn’t run out of good ideas yet.

Emma Joseph is married to David a successful man whose first wife, Caroline, died in a car accident six years before. Emma lives with the reminder of her beauty in a painting and the memories of the long years where she supported him with his grief because David didn’t just lose his wife in the accident before the emergency services arrived his six-year-old daughter, Natasha, disappeared, seemingly into thin air. Finally life is looking up and Emma and David have had baby Ollie and Emma is enjoying motherhood and then one day everything changes,
What would you do if you were at home gazing out of the kitchen window and suddenly you saw a pair of eyes behind you, watching you, in your own kitchen. At that moment everything changes for the Joseph family.

It doesn’t take long before Emma calls on her friend DCI Tom Douglas, who readers of Rachel Abbott’s previous books will remember. In my mind’s eye he is dashingly gorgeous and a thoroughly upright Police Officer who really cares about the victims in the cases he investigates. Anyway I digress, Emma soon realises that perhaps in this situation she shouldn’t have involved the Police as things get much, much worse.

I love a good psychological thriller and this one definitely has the thrill aspect at its heart assisted by the fast pace full of tension from the opening sentence. This is one of those books that I shelve under compulsive reading, I know from the start that I’m in for a treat and I just have to keep flicking the pages to see what delightful twist will present itself on the next page, to observe each character adapt as they accustom themselves to new pieces of information the events unfold.
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Another tough case for DCI Tom Douglas and his team!

DCI Tom Douglas and his gutsy partner Becky are on a roller coaster of a ride following the dark underworld of a sinister group of child grooming criminals. The group leader is of unknown identity and the danger level is high in this convoluted psychological thriller when Emma, an old flame of Tom’s late brother, pleads for his help to find her son and save her family from harm before it’s too late. Will history repeat itself when during David’s second marriage to Emma and what secrets is he holding about the tragedy surrounding the mysterious death of his first wife and disappearance of his first child? Who can you trust and is anyone telling the truth?

In this intriguing novel we see DCI Douglas reprising his role once again as he heads out on another case, but don’t worry if this is your first outing as you will easily be able to pick up the threads of any past goings-on and relationships. I am a true fan of Tom and his crack team; it’s not often an author is able to improve upon their last publication but Rachel Abbott gets better and better with each book and is a true slave to her craft with the type of meticulous attention to detail that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat pondering on the clues and trying to work out where the plot is heading to next.

It’s a definite page turner and the short chapters that chop between police, villain, manipulated teenager and an undercover operation add further momentum to the already fast pace of this exceptional story. As events unfold you are left wondering if it is fact or fiction: what would you do if you were in the same situation?
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