It’s a pleasure to take part in the Blogtour No More Lies by Rachel Abbott.
About the Author
Rachel Abbott is a British author of psychological thrillers. As a self-published author, her first ten novels (and one novella) in the DCI Tom Douglas series have combined to sell over four million copies. All have been bestsellers on Amazon’s Kindle store, and her books have been translated into over 20 languages.
In 2015, Rachel was named the number one bestselling self-published author in the UK and the 14th bestselling author (both published and self-published) over the previous five years on Amazon’s Kindle in the UK.
In 2017, following a five-way auction, Rachel signed a two-book deal with Headline Publishing Group. The first book, And So It Begins, was published in 2018 and features Sergeant Stephanie King. The second book in this series, The Murder Game was released in April 2020. Books three and four in the series are to be published by Headline in late 2023 and 2024.
Rachel’s writing career began in 2009, when she decided to write a book about a woman facing a situation which gave her no option but to commit murder. In November 2011, she published the story – Only the Innocent – on Amazon. It rose to number one in the charts and remained there for four weeks.
Rachel followed up Only the Innocent with The Back Road, Sleep Tight, Stranger Child, Kill Me Again, The Sixth Window, Come A Little Closer, The Shape of Lies, Right Behind You and Close Your Eyes. All the thrillers in this series focus on the victims and perpetrators of the crimes, and the complex relationships that exist between protagonist and antagonist. This series features Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas.
Rachel grew up near Manchester, England. She worked as a systems analyst, and then founded an interactive media company, developing software and websites for the education market. When she sold the company in 2000, she moved to Italy where she restored a 15th-century Italian monastery. For a time she and her husband operated the property as a venue for weddings and holidays. She now lives on the Channel Island of Alderney in a Victorian Fort where she spends her days writing in her office – a former gunpowder shelter. Follow @RachelAbbott on Twitter, @rachelabbottwriter on Instagram, Visit rachel-abbott.com
About the book
It would be unfair to blame the woman I met tonight for turning my life upside down. She didn’t. It was already upside down. I just didn’t know it.
Recently life has been good for Mallory Hansen: a great job, a lovely home, and a wonderful man, Nathan, to share it with. But now she must ask herself: is it all built on lies?
A shocking accusation has been made against Nathan, and Mallory doesn’t know who to believe. He denies everything, but all the signs point to his guilt. She has learned to trust Nathan, but she also remembers the boy he used to be.
As teenagers, Mallory and Nathan were part of a close-knit group of six friends until a vicious argument drove them apart. Now, fifteen years later, they are back in touch – only to find themselves drawn into a web of mutual distrust, one by one…
The attacks on their lives are skilfully targeted, designed to hit them where they hurt the most, and when a young woman disappears and a baby is abducted, DCI Tom Douglas must try to unravel the past and discover who is the architect of their misery.
Interesting premise, one that serves as a stark reminder of how hard it is to be heard as a victim by the world when someone in a position of power uses their position to commit a crime. Simultaneously what happens when someone makes an accusation that leaves a trail of destruction in the wake of said accusation, especially if it is a false one.
Coming at the story in a way that presents a perfect example of the minefield an accusation of assault creates is an excellent way of mirroring reality. When you throw something like that out into the universe and it is echoed back by a million voices in a variety of ways it often becomes irrelevant whether it is in fact the truth or not.
From that day forward there will always be an element of doubt attached to the way people think about the accused, paradoxically this also applies to the victim. Because of the nature of the accusation and the way society perceives the core structure of guilt, responsibility and victimhood, the question of guilt and punishment becomes marred in rumours and suspicion.
Built around that core of the accusation – the ripple of destruction and doubt is a sledgehammer of destruction, although often one that pounds in silence. It’s a great read. You just never know where the malice springs from and whether innocence is truly a recognisable feature in certain characters, and of course a little bit of DCI Tom never did anyone any harm.
Buy No More Lies at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Black Dot, Publication date: pub date 16th February 2023.Paperback, eBook & Audio. Buy at Amazon com.