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I have loved every one of Rachel s previous books, often been left psychologically scarred when I had finishedin a good way They were thrilling and unexpected to the end with a wonderful dark theme flowing through them all.But whilst I was so excited to read this book, and the first 30% was gripping, I very quickly got bored I did not like the lead character at all The plot was predictable from early on and the normal crime scene and investigation elements were weak The best way to describe this boom is meh And this is from someone who would recommend her books to anyone who would listen Disappointed. I feel sorry to be saying this one was a disappointment Again, like And So It Begins , which I think was actually a bit better than this, it is not the author s best.The book is basically reasonably written, compared to many others on the market, if a bit pedestrian and perfunctory in its ticking of the necessary boxes It feels rather as though the box ticking is now considered enough, and the flair in bringing all the elements together into a convincing read has disappeared There is too much plodding delivery of information via dialogue which would never actually be spoken, or in point of view which isn t smoothly integrated into the narrative, but has to be inserted to provide the reader with the necessary background to make the story work I can t help feeling this results in a book which feels like an early plan than the finished article Perhaps there was a rush to publication I felt increasingly impatient rather than absorbed as I read further The central character is not flawed but silly and unbelievable, the plot just too far fetched, and the villain s motivation and behaviour too sketchy and implausible, bundled in all in a rush at the end, insufficiently supported by the development of the character through the book, and not bearing too close an analysis I unfortunately found myself laughing at the absurdly gothic d nouement.This is a real shame I ve read a few of the author s books and found them entertaining thrillers of good quality I would probably pick up another in hope of a return to form, because Rachel Abbott is one of the thriller writers I would normally expect to deliver a reliable page turner. I have been hooked on Rachel Abbot s books since I found Stranger Child on a Kindle daily deal, a few years ago I have read all her books, and wait impatiently for each new one to come out This latest in the Tom Douglas novels is intriguing and gripping, and as with most of Rachel s novels, leaves you wanting just that bit Just why does the heroine, a respected headmistress and happily married mother of two, appear to lead a double life Is her first love, who died in Nebraska many years ago, somehow still alive and stalking her and her happy little family Will her past come back to destroy everything she has now Read the book and find out An excellent read I have been a long time fan of Rachels and have read all of her books, her plots just get better and better and this one is no exception Right down to the last sentence, Rachel leaves you wanting. It s a while since I had the pleasure of reading a psychological thriller of this caliber It has everything teasing intrigue, creeping suspense and a perfectly paced narrative The icing on the cake a barnstormer of a final twist that jumps out of nowhere and knocks you off your feet I was hooked from the first page and finished it in two sittings.Anna Franklyn is happily married with two small children she s a head teacher and respected member of the community But there s another side to Anna, one that she s become well practiced at hiding an intoxicating double life and a secret past mired in lies and guilt When out of the blue, a voice from beyond the grave threatens her with exposure, Anna has just seven days to stop the destruction of everything she holds dear.Abbott s treatment of the plot is masterful, teasing it out strand by strand, twisting it this way and that, feeding the reader s curiosity with a constant drip drip of clues The narrative is tense, gripping and sinister, and chock full of surprises And it s entirely plausible.Ultimately, Anna s story as well as being a nail biting thriller is about the destructive power of love and addiction about how one ill judged decision can trap you in an inextricable spiral of events that changes the whole course of your life I like that Abbott gives us some food for thought amongst the thrills.What I m less happy with is this book being vaunted as the latest in the Tom Douglas series I love the character of chief inspector Tom Douglas, but here, as in Abbott s last novel, he s sadly no longer the main protagonist Abbott has shifted her genre slightly to a kind of psychological thriller crime hybrid, and I don t think it works It s time to let Tom go.Thanks for reading my review I hope you found it helpful You can find candid book reviews on my profile page. Yesterday, Scott was dead Today, he s back And Anna doesn t believe in ghosts Scott was Anna s boyfriend She loved him, but he ruined her life When he died, she should have been free, but today Scott is on the radio, threatening to spill her secrets Anna is a mother, a wife, and head teacher of a primary school And she s a good liar She made one mistake, and now she is having to pay for it Scott is the only person who knows the truth about her past, but how can he be alive Soon, DCI Tom Douglas is going to knock on her door looking for answers But Anna is already running scared from the man she loved the man she watched die the man who has come back to life She has one week to find him One week to stop him