Only the Innocent (DCI Tom Douglas #1) by Rachel Abbot

only the innocent by rachel abbottBlurb from goodreads.com

When philanthropist Hugo Fletcher’s dead body is discovered tied to a bed in his London home, Chief Inspector Tom Douglas determines right away that he’s hunting a female killer. Though Fletcher made countless enemies through his work with Eastern European prostitutes, the crime scene reeks of sex and revenge. This murder was personal.

Douglas knows Fletcher’s unhappy wife, Laura, should be his prime suspect. She’s definitely hiding something. Something big. But he isn’t convinced it’s murder. Besides, she’s not the only woman with a motive to kill the manipulative billionaire. So he digs deeper, into a tangled web of secrets and lies, unraveling the sordid life Fletcher lived outside of the media spotlight.

What he uncovers is shocking, forcing the veteran cop to ask himself: With a man like Fletcher, should the guilty be punished? Or should the innocent be protected?


My Review

in the beginning I struggled but once it got going the book was really good, it wasnt so much about Tom, the detective even though he is the main character in a series of books but more about Laura, who is having a really tough time. The book is written in the present with snippets of the past in the form of letters written in the past but never sent. The subject of the investigation could be harrowing for some people, it is dark and sinister.

4stars


rachel abbottAbout the author

Rachel Abbott was born just outside Manchester, England, and spent most of her working life as the Managing Director of an interactive media company. After her company was sold in 2000, she fulfilled a lifelong ambition of buying and restoring a property in Italy. She now splits her time between homes in Italy and Alderney, where she writes full time and has just completed her sixth novel.

Rachel launched her first novel Only the Innocent in November 2011. The book was self-published in the UK through the Kindle Direct Publishing programme on Amazon, and reached the number 1 spot in the Kindle store just over three months later. It held its position for four weeks, and was the second highest selling self-published title in 2012.

Since then, Rachel has gone on to write a further four best selling novels – The Back Road, Sleep Tight, Stranger Child and Nowhere Child (a novella). Her fifth book, Kill Me Again, was launched on 17th February 2016 and her sixth – The Sixth Window on 21st February 2017.
In August 2015, Amazon confirmed that Rachel is the UK’s bestsellling independent author over the last five years. She is also listed at number 14 in the list of bestselling authors – both traditionally and independently published – over the same five year period.
Her fourth novel – Stranger Child – was the 11th bestselling novel in the first half of 2015 and the most borrowed book during that period.


Links

http://www.rachel-abbott.com

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5349971.Rachel_Abbott

Twitter  RachelAbbott

 

 

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