Come a Little Closer was published on 15 February 2018 and is available to buy in ebook and paperback. I very much enjoy Rachel’s books and didn’t hesitate to say yes when invited to take part in the tour. For my turn today, I have my review and a giveaway of a signed special edition proof copy (I’m quite jealous of the winner, I’d love to enter for this myself!!) but firstly here’s a little about the book.
| About the Book |
They will be coming soon. They come every night.
Snow is falling softly as a young woman takes her last breath.
Fifteen miles away, two women sit silently in a dark kitchen. They don’t speak, because there is nothing left to be said.
Another woman boards a plane to escape the man who is trying to steal her life. But she will have to return, sooner or later.
These strangers have one thing in common. They each made one bad choice – and now they have no choices left. Soon they won’t be strangers, they’ll be family…
When DCI Tom Douglas is called to the cold, lonely scene of a suspicious death, he is baffled. Who is she? Where did she come from? How did she get there? How many more must die?
Who is controlling them, and how can they be stopped?
| My Thoughts |
I think this is probably the creepiest of stories of Rachel’s that I’ve read. Bodies of young women are being discovered – they have no obvious signs of wounding and have no identification. Where and how did they die and more importantly, who are they? These are questions that the police are struggling to answer. Add to the mix some rather weirdly creepy characters, an abusive controlling boyfriend and you have a cracker of a suspenseful read.
Come a Little Closer is the latest story to feature my hero, Tom Douglas. From previous reviews, it’s no secret that that I have a huge book crush on Tom and I couldn’t wait to see what is in store for him here. As well as trying to solve a particularly taxing and difficult case, his personal life also causes him some grief and added complications when a face from the past suddenly lands on his doorstep and threatens not only his job but his romantic relationship. His working relationship with his DS Becky Robinson is a fabulous pairing. Becky is a great character in her own right, although now heavily pregnant, she refuses to be mollycoddled and is determined not to let the pregnancy stop her from doing her job. As well as providing professional support to Tom, she is also a friend and one of the few people he can confide in.
The story begins with several different strands, all seemingly so random – a young woman about to be married catches the eye of a stranger in a bar and agrees to meet later that night at a secluded beauty spot. Another young woman on holiday is befriended by an elderly couple and then we switch to an unknown location housing women clearly drugged and living in terror. Try piecing that lot together! Never fear, for as confusing as it may seem, all these strands combine perfectly together to form a chilling and suspenseful read.
Come a Little Closer initially has a slower pace than previous books but that doesn’t mean it’s any less thrilling. It isn’t difficult to work out the ‘who’ but it’s the ‘why’ that I couldn’t figure out – and what was there to gain? The story kept me hooked all the way through, the suspense heightening to a thrilling finale…and then that ending! Didn’t see that coming!
If you’ve read Rachel’s books before, you will know just how good they are. This latest release is no different with its intricate plotting and excellent characterisation and if you haven’t picked up any of her books before then you are seriously missing out. Come A Little Closer can easily be read as a standalone although some prior knowledge of the main characters is obviously an advantage.
My thanks to Maura for providing the e-copy to review and for the invitation to take part in the tour.
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| 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, Stranger Child, Nowhere Child (a short novel based on the characters from Stranger Child), Kill Me Again and The Sixth Window. Her most recent novel, Come a Little Closer, is available from February 2018.
Rachel’s novels have now been translated into over 20 languages and her books have sold over 2.8 million copies in the English language.
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 #14 in the chart of all authors. Stranger Child was the most borrowed novel for the Kindle in the first half of 2015.
Rachel splits her time between Alderney – a beautiful island off the coast of France – and the Le Marche region of Italy, where she is able to devote all her time to writing fiction.
*** GIVEAWAY ***
*Terms and Conditions – I’m delighted to offer one signed special edition proof copy of COME A LITTLE CLOSER. Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.