SLEEP TIGHT – a story of obsession, deception and retribution


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Rachel Abbott, self-published author of best-selling thrillers “Only the Innocent” and “The Back Road”, was inspired by some of her own experiences when writing her new novel, Sleep Tight, published on Monday 24th February.

Sleep Tight is the story of an obsession that escalates from persistent stalking to something far more sinister – a powerful compulsion to possess. When the object of such potent emotions is slipping out of reach, tensions mount and control is lost.

When Olivia Brookes disappears with her children, her car is still in the garage, and her purse on the kitchen table. The police want to issue an appeal, but for some reason every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers.

When asked about the subject of this novel, Abbott said, ‘Being stalked is a terrifying experience, and yet it has only recently been classified as a criminal act. I was stalked when I was in my early twenties – and for a long time, I didn’t know who by. I would find messages stuffed under the windscreen wipers of my car, saying “I’m watching you”, and sometimes a flower on my front doorstep. I was constantly looking over my shoulder – wondering who it was, and what would happen next. So when writing this book, I tried to imagine how that might have intensified, if I hadn’t been saved by the intervention of a good friend who was prepared to put her own safety at risk.’

Asked if all her books are based on personal experience, Abbott laughed. ‘I hope not. I’m certain that I’ve never met anybody who would commit such wicked acts as my protagonists. But I look for characteristic behaviours – such as obsession – and think where they might ultimately lead.’

Abbott likes to pose moral dilemmas in her novels and Sleep Tight is no exception. ‘I hope readers will be surprised by some of the twists and turns in this novel,’ she said. ‘Sometimes good people are forced to do bad things, and this novel questions how far any of us should go, in order to protect our loved ones.’

‘A fast paced, multi-layered crime thriller, full of tension and secrets. We loved it!!’ was the verdict of bloggers at Crime Book Club.

Prior to beginning her writing career, Abbott ran an interactive media company which she sold in 2000, moving to Italy for a number of years where she bought and restored two properties. Her first novel, Only the Innocent, was self-published in November 2011 and has sold over 250,000 copies. She now lives in Alderney in the Channel Islands.

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