Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Only The Innocent by Rachel Abbott

Plot Summary: (From Amazon)

When Laura Fletcher approaches her home in Oxfordshire to
find hordes of photographers crowding the gates, she knows there is something
terribly wrong. She is faced with the shocking news that her husband is dead -
brutally murdered - and according to Chief Inspector Tom Douglas, there is
little doubt that the murderer is a woman.

In a marriage that has taken her from the glamorous five
star luxury of London, Venice and Positano to a bleak and draughty manor house
in rural Oxfordshire, Laura has learned to guard her secrets well. She is not
alone. It would appear that all the women in her husband's life have
something to hide.

But there is one secret that she has never shared, and
when the investigation reaches its dramatic and horrific climax, she realises
that she has no choice. She has to give Tom Douglas the final piece of the
puzzle. And this changes everything, leaving Douglas with a terrible dilemma:
whether to punish the guilty, or protect the innocent.

REVIEW: 5/5 Stars

I admit, I heard about this book and asked if I could review it for the author. I just had to read it. I won't summarize the plot, as that's already been done well by the other reviewers.

If you're expecting your run of the mill mystery, this so isn't it. This book has more twists and turns than any book I've read in a long time. Ms. Abbott keeps the reader turning pages and guessing right up til the end.

Most first-time novelists make many amateur mistakes--this certainly isn't the case with Only The Innocent. I was very surprised to find this was Rachel's first book.

This is a psychological thriller that will make you think. The author did a fantastic job making real characters that are so much more than what you'd expect. From the first page, the reader is hooked. Not once did I find myself skimming over parts of the book. Every word moved the story to it's dramatic conclusion. I look forward to more by this truly gifted author.

Only The Innocent

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