Kill Me Again – Rachel Abbott

Published by Black Dot Publishing Ltd 

17 February 2016

When your life is a lie, who can you trust? 

When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced. 

But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone, or why. And then she discovers she’s not the only one looking for him. 

When a woman who looks just like Maggie is brutally murdered and DCI Tom Douglas is brought in to investigate, Maggie realises how little she knows about Duncan’s past. Is he the man she loves? Who is he running from? 

She doesn’t have long to decide whether to trust him or betray him. Because one thing has been made clear to Maggie – another woman will die soon, and it might be her. 

As you may have seen, I took part in last week’s blog tour for this book with a guest post by Rachel Abbott on her fantasy literary dinner guests, (you can see my post here). Unfortunately I had only just finished the book and my review wasn’t ready at the time.

I’ve been buying Rachel’s Abbott’s books for my Kindle for a while now but I suspect like many people with overflowing bookshelves and heavy Kindles I hadn’t got round to reading any – until now.

When I was asked to review Kill Me Again and invited to take part in the blog tour, it seemed the perfect opportunity to see what I was missing so I didn’t hesitate to say yes please.

In Kill Me Again, women that look remarkably similar to each other are being murdered. In addition, there is also a marking on the bodies, very similar to marks found on murder victims 12 years previously. This aspect was never made public and it’s up to DCI Tom Douglas to decide whether there is a link to the unsolved crimes of 12 years before or it is just coincidence? Events become even more complicated and personal when someone close to him goes missing. In common with his colleague, DI Becky Robinson, I have to admit to developing a bit of a book crush on Tom Douglas and as I believe he appears in previous stories, I am looking forward to reading more.

As well as the crime element there is also something of a moral issue with this story. When solicitor Maggie Taylor discovers things about her husband Duncan which makes her wonder whether she ever really knew him, she is faced with a dilemma. Does she go to police with the information or does she trust her husband? She has an unenviable decision to make and depending on her conclusion, could bring a whole lot of danger to her door. I felt a lot of sympathy for Maggie. She was trying to do the best for her two young children as well as her husband, whilst under the pressure of a new job. Not only was she trying to make a good impression with her new bosses but was given the task of defending a particularly odious and vile criminal that made even hardened police officers shudder.

I was so engrossed by this story that I actually missed my stop on the train. This is very much a fast paced, edge of your seat suspenseful read with realistically drawn characters, all wrapped up with excellent writing and a wonderfully twisty and complex plot that slowly reveals more secrets and lies. I now want to find the time to read the other books by Rachel Abbott that I have waiting. Definitely recommended.

My thanks to Katie Brown and Rachel Abbott for the ecopy to review. 

About the author:

Rachel Abbott’s debut thriller, Only the Innocent, was 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, Sleep Tight and Stranger Child. Nowhere Child – a short novel based on the characters from Stranger Child – was Rachel’s fifth book. In February 2016 she released her sixth novel, Kill Me Again.

In 2015 Amazon celebrated the first five years of the Kindle in the UK, and announced that Rachel was the #1 bestselling independent author over the five-year period. She was also placed fourteenth in the chart of all authors. Stranger Child was the most borrowed novel for the Kindle in the first half of 2015.
Rachel now lives in Alderney – a beautiful island off the coast of France, and is now able to devote time to her other love – writing fiction. 

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