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March 28th, 2017
A Writer Reads
I have read some wonderful books recently, but there are three which stand out for me. Dead Woman Walking – I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this excellent novel by Sharon Bolton, and as many of you know she is one of my favourite authors. It begins with a dramatic hot-air balloon ride and a view from above of a killer. With a twist that I genuinely didn’t see coming, the tension never drops until the last page. Although not published yet, Dead Woman Walking is available for pre-order. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dead-Woman-Walking-Sharon-Bolton-ebook/dp/B01KL65GTM/         Wrong Place – Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Michelle Davies’ first novel, Gone Astray, I was keen to read the next story in the DC Maggie Neville series. Neville is a Family Liaison Officer, and this gives a unique spin to a police procedural. Wrong Place is the story of a woman ...
March 30th, 2017
Interesting links
Here are a few interesting links that I thought you might enjoy. Is it way past time you finished that novel you’ve been carrying around in your head? Try this article for inspiration! https://www.theguardian.com/books/ng-interactive/2017/mar/20/how-to-finish-a-novel-tracking-book-progress-wyl-menmuir Peter Swanson, author of The Kind Worth Killing describes his perfect reader perfectly! ‘They have no gender or age, but they are in for the night, and looking to get lost in, and maybe a little scared by, a book.’ Sounds good to me! https://www.ft.com/content/e9c39ac4-f529-11e6-95ee-f14e55513608 An interesting and timely read? I think so: Margaret Atwood on what The Handmaid’s Tale means in the Age of Trump http://nyti.ms/2mo9wkr If you have any interesting links you would like to share, just let me know!
March 30th, 2017
Featured Reader – Beth Moist
Thank you all so much for responding to my request for featured readers – now I have a library of you! I’m going to start off with Beth Moist from Phenix City, Alabama, USA who has some very interesting memories to share. My love for psychological thrillers comes from my childhood. My father was a police officer and he used to ride me around in his patrol car and he would take me in the back of the jail with him. It was so exciting. My father also used to take me on his adventures into ancient Native American burial grounds where we would search for old pottery, arrow or spear heads. The mystery of looking and what I might find was a great thrill for me. My big brother Tom and I would often play and explore in the woods, looking for a secret cave or hide out, pretending ...
March 30th, 2017
Dying to write – the opening line challenge
This month I’ve picked out some great opening lines from psychological crime thrillers. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to come up with one sentence that could start off a book that cannot be put down. My latest book The Sixth Window starts like this: “It had been a night like so many others over the past few weeks, and as the woman looked down on the narrow street below her second-floor window she finally admitted that she couldn’t take any more.” So get your thinking caps on – you need ONE sentence that will hook the reader who’s desperate to walk down the dark path, the one who will go into the basement with a faulty torch when they hear something scratching to get in… The bedroom is strange. Unfamiliar. SJ Watson, Before I go to Sleep An hour before her shift started, an hour before ...
March 30th, 2017
The new novel is underway!
I am so happy to have started work on my next novel! As a writer, it’s such an exciting time as the characters and story begin to take shape in my imagination. Not all writers work in the same way, of course, but for me character definition is a critical part of the writing process. As soon as the overall plot is clear in my mind I begin defining the detail of each of the individuals that the reader will meet along the way. I already have a clear idea in my head of what each of them will look like, but I also like to find a photograph of somebody that is close in looks to my idea. That way I can refer back to it whenever I need a visual reminder. I search Google with a broad description and sometimes find an actor that fits the bill, or ...
March 30th, 2017
Forthcoming events – April 2017
This month I’m going to be out and about, and it would be great to meet up with some of my readers. I’m off to Denmark first to speak at Krimimessen in Horsens on April 1 but I don’t suppose I will catch up with many of you there. http://krimimessen.dk/ And later in the month I will be travelling to the North West of England, visiting Oldham, Bolton, Warrington, Denton and Wallasey. Do let me know if you’re likely to attend any of them so that I can say hello.   Moving on a month, I will be speaking at the Guernsey Festival on 11th May http://www.guernseyliteraryfestival.com/ and at New Writing North on 20th http://newwritingnorth.com/   Later in the year, I’m looking forward to being a judge for the Kindle Storyteller Award, a new literary prize recognising newly published work in the English language across any genre. The prize is ...

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A Writer Reads

My summer reading picks Over the last few weeks I have read some really great books. If you’re still thinking what to read over the summer – whether at home or on holiday – here are a few of my favourites. Never Alone by Elizabeth Haynes I have loved Elizabeth Haynes’ books since the amazing Into the Darkest Corner – and although I have read and enjoyed her more recent police procedurals (which are also clever and well-written) this book is back to the familiar sense of suspense for which she is famous. As the blurb says “nothing is as it seems, but everything is at stake.” Whether you have read this brilliant writer’s work before or not, I would seriously recommend it. Click here to learn more about this book.   I See You by Clare Macintosh I was sent a preview copy of this book, and I couldn’t wait.

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Rachel’s all-new newsletter

I am excited to be able to tell you that the “Rachel Abbott team” is working together to create a monthly newsletter for book addicts and it will be all about books – and not just mine, of course. Each month we include an article that will generally be written by a guest author, talking about their writing, but occasionally I might chip in. We’re also going to include brief reviews and recommendations of other books that I, or other readers have particularly enjoyed. This may be your chance to write about something you have read too! There are contact details at the end of the newsletter. If there is any news, such as events that I might be appearing at, or others that sound interesting, we’ll let you know here, and I’ll also talk a bit about my writing day – the highs and the lows. Each month we will

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Special offers on Rachel Abbott novels

It’s time for some summer madness, and to celebrate the (hopefully) warmer weather, several of my books are on special offer for the next few weeks. In the UK Both Sleep Tight and Only the Innocent are on sale for just 99p on Amazon, so now is a great time to pick these up if you haven’t read either of them. There are more details of the books below. In the US My latest novel, Kill Me Again, is on sale for an unbelievable 99¢ – and there’s not long to go before this offer expires.   What are the books about?     KILL ME AGAIN 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

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Kill Me Again – Published TODAY!

Wow – I can’t believe the day has actually come! Kill Me Again is now available for sale on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions. When I write a new novel – for months if feels as if I have toiled over all the little details (and loved every minute of it) tweaking the bits that I think will satisfy my readers, and it seems like forever until the finished version will see the light of day. But now suddenly it’s upon us, and it’s an exciting day for me. This is my sixth novel (well – number 5.5 really, because Nowhere Child is actually a novella) and I so enjoyed writing it. It’s hard to say more without giving the game away, but my protagonist – Maggie Taylor – has some incredibly difficult choices to make. Not choices that I hope any of us will ever have to face. I published

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Kill Me Again – The Prologue

As I promised last week, here’s an update on my new novel Kill Me Again which I am delighted to say is racing up the charts – and it’s still a week until launch! So what’s it all about?       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

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Kill Me Again – Cover Reveal

Here it is, at last – the cover to my new novel – KILL ME AGAIN I’m very excited to be able to share the cover with you – and over the next few days will reveal the blurb, then the prologue! And if you want a chance to see the video trailer, just check out the Join my Campaign paragraph below. JOIN MY CAMPAIGN! Lovely readers, I would love you to help me launch Kill Me Again with a bang. Click on the link below to go to my Thunderclap page. All you have to do is click Support with Facebook or Twitter and on February 17th, one (and one only) post will appear in your timeline, telling your friends and family that Kill Me Again is available to read. https://www.thunderclap.it/…/37381-kill-me-again-book-launc… As an added bonus, you can enjoy the video which gives a spine-tingling flavour of Kill Me Again! Thanks for your amazing

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Season’s Greetings from Rachel Abbott

Merry Christmas everybody and thank you so much for your support throughout the year. You really ARE Gold! I don’t know what you all have in store, but I’ve been busy singing with a local choir, and Alderney really is the most incredibly sociable place – so lots of drinks parties to go to. On Christmas Day, we have friends joining us – sadly not family this year as they are all in the UK – but we’re looking forward to the full Christmas lunch – turkey and all the trimmings. My husband’s family has a tradition of meat and potato pie on Christmas Eve – I have no idea where that came from, but I’m always happy to eat that particular favourite. It’s a simple meal, but leaves lots of time for preparation of the main event on Christmas Day. And then on Boxing Day we have an open

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Spice up your Christmas!

One of the best bits of Christmas, if not THE best bit is surely the food! What makes us feel “Christmassy” is the smell of mulled wine brewing on a stove or the joy of your first warm mince-pie of the season. Often it is the tastes and smells that remind us of past Christmases and what they have meant to us.

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Special Offers on Rachel Abbott’s books

I absolutely love it when one or more of my books goes into a special promotion. Some people think it’s madness to offer books at such a low price, but I think it’s terrific because I hope it will bring me new readers – people who may not normally choose to buy a thriller, for example. I like to think my thrillers are a little different from most. They don’t necessarily focus on all that is gory but hopefully we do get into the minds and souls of both the good guys and the bad. The stories are told generally from the perspective of the victims or perpetrators of the wicked deeds, and although we have the gorgeous Tom Douglas and lovely Becky Robinson around to help solve the ultimate crime, the people we care most about are those who are suffering at the hands of evil. This December I am