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Rachel Abbott is a British author of mystery, thriller and literary fiction novels.

Born in the outskirts of Manchester, England, she spent a good part of her career as the Managing Director of an interactive media company.

After selling her company in 2000, Rachel got to attain her lifelong goal of buying and restoring a property in Italy.

Now a fulltime writer, she splits her time between her homes in Italy and Alderney.

Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages across the globe.

More about Rachel Abbott

Genres: Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Born: 1952

United Kingdom


Stephanie King Books

  1. And So It Begins (2018)
  2. The Invitation (2020)

The Tom Douglas Thrillers

  1. Only the Innocent (2011)
  2. The Back Road (2013)
  3. Sleep Tight (2014)
  4. Stranger Child (2015)
  5. Nowhere Child (2015)
  6. Kill Me Again (2016)
  7. The Sixth Window (2017)
  8. Come a Little Closer (2018)
  9. The Shape of Lies (2019)
  10. Right Behind You (2020)
  11. Close Your Eyes (2021)
  12. No More Lies (2023)

Detailed book overview

Stephanie King Books

And So It Begins

As much as Cleo wants to be happy for her brother Mark, who has managed to move on with someone else following the unexpected death of his first wife, there’s something suspicious about Evie.

Concerns however arise when Evie starts having accidents at home.

Could Mark be responsible for her injuries?

Summoned to their cliff-top house one night, Sergeant Stephanie King is shocked to find two lifeless bodies entwined on blood-soaked sheets.

As the accused stands trial, the jury is forced to consider - is there ever a genuine defense for murder?

Where exactly does murder begin? When the weapon is raised? Or at the mere thought of violence?

Author: Rachel Abbott
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1999943714
Publisher: Black Dot Publishing Limited
The Invitation

When Jemma and Matt first paid a visit to Lucas Jarrett’s lavish ocean-view home, it was for a private wedding that ended in disaster.

Jemma can’t possibly forget seeing the lifeless body of the girl drifting towards the rocky shore.

A year later, Jemma and her husband hesitantly accept Lucas’s invitation for the anniversary of the dreadful event.

But as it turns out, this event will be unlike any other candlelight vigil.

Someone apparently knows more about that night than they are willing to admit, and Lucas has come up with a game to get all the answers he needs.

NB: This book is also called The Murder Game.

Author: Rachel Abbott
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1838886684
Publisher: Bookouture

The Tom Douglas Thrillers

Only the Innocent

The name Sir Hugo Fletcher isn’t something new to the British press. Having had a fortunate upbringing, his entire life has been extensively covered by the press, from his philanthropic work to end human trafficking to his two marriages.

When his lifeless body is however discovered in his London home, tied naked to a bed, it marks the beginning of a dark scandal.

Returning from vacation, Laura Fletcher is shocked to learn that her husband is dead. When Chief Inspector Tom Douglas reveals that the billionaire’s killer could possibly be female, Laura isn’t shocked.

Although Douglas makes astounding discoveries along the way, none compares to the secret that Laura hides, one which could either ensure justice or ruin an innocent life forever.

Author: Rachel Abbott
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-1611097849
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
The Back Road

Last night’s hit and run could ruin everything for Ellie Saunders.

Although she was out that night, she can’t reveal where she was and why, as it would shatter her family.

Former Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas, who is Ellie’s new neighbor, has just relocated to the tiny community of Little Melham for the peace and solitude, only for him to be entangled in an investigation that he is convinced was far from just an unfortunate accident.

As the past clashes with the present and hidden secrets are exposed, only one person knows exactly what happened.

And that person will do everything it takes to protect the truth.

Author: Rachel Abbott
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-1477807750
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Sleep Tight

Olivia Brookes reaches out to the police when her husband and children mysteriously disappear. She has genuine cause for concern, given that this isn’t the first tragedy that she has endured.

Two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate the same family after Olivia mysteriously disappears, with evidence suggesting that she was in the family home that morning.

Although all her belongings, including her car, are there, all family pictures have been strangely removed from albums, phones and computers.

Thing get more interesting when they come across blood.

Has Olivia’s past caught up with her?

Author: Rachel Abbott
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0957652231
Publisher: Black Dot Publishing Limited
Stranger Child

David was a broken man when he met his wife, Emma Joseph.

Previously married, his first wife lost her life in a tragic road accident.

What made things even more devastating was that their six-year-old daughter mysteriously disappeared from the scene of the accident.

Six years later, Emma and David have a lovely baby boy named Ollie.

The years of sorrow are seemingly behind them, until a stranger walks into their lives.

Terrified by how unsafe she feels, Emma seeks the help of Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas.

And it doesn’t take long before a shocking chain of treachery is revealed.

Author: Rachel Abbott
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0957652248
Publisher: Black Dot Publishing Limited
Nowhere Child

Emma has been looking for her stepdaughter Tasha Joseph ever since she took off eight months ago—determined to give her the safe refuge that she deserves.

Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is also looking for the young girl, as she could be a key witness in a criminal trial.

Someone else however comes into the picture, offering a very generous reward for any information that may lead to the girl’s capture.

But as Tom and Emma draw closer to finding her, danger draws even closer to Tasha.

Can they find her before it is too late?

Author: Rachel Abbott
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0957652255
Publisher: Black Dot Publishing Limited
Kill Me Again

Having taken a new job in Manchester, Maggie Taylor is convinced that it’s the best move for her family, even though her husband, Duncan, is skeptical.

When she however returns home one evening, Maggie is shocked to find that her husband has abandoned their young children.

He has disappeared without a trace, and she soon learns that she isn’t the only one looking for him.

When the lifeless body of a woman who looks exactly like Maggie is discovered, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate.

It soon becomes clear that another woman will die soon, and that woman might be Maggie.

Author: Rachel Abbott
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0957652262
Publisher: Black Dot Publishing Limited
The Sixth Window

Life is an endless nightmare for Natalie Grey. Having previously lost her husband, Natalie discovers an unsettling website link on the computer of her new partner.

Desperate to protect Scarlett, her fifteen-year-old daughter, she moves them both to a new home—an apartment which has its fair share of secrets.

Alone during the school holiday, Scarlett decides to look into the mysterious sounds coming from the other side of the wall, unaware of the danger that lurks.

Can Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas—who draws closer to Natalie and Scarlett while investigating an apparent teenage suicide—manage to protect the two before it is too late?

Author: Rachel Abbott
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0957652286
Publisher: Black Dot Publishing Limited
Come a Little Closer

A young woman takes her last breath as snow gently falls.

Two women sit quietly in a dark kitchen fifteen miles away. None of them says anything, for there is nothing left to be said.

Elsewhere, another woman boards a plane in a desperate attempt to run away from the man who is trying to take her life away. Nonetheless, she’ll have to return, sooner or later.

The one thing that all these strangers have in common is that they all made one bad choice.

And now, they no longer have any choices left.

But they won't be strangers forever. They'll be family...

Author: Rachel Abbott
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1999943707
Publisher: Black Dot Publishing Limited
The Shape of Lies

Anna loved her boyfriend Scott. He however destroyed her life. And when he died, she should have been free.

Instead, Scott is on the radio today, threatening to expose her secrets.

Other than being a mother, a wife, and the head teacher of a primary school, Anna is also a good liar.

She made a terrible mistake, and Scott knows all about her past.

But how can he possibly be alive?

Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas will come looking for answers.

Anna will however already be running away from the man she loved; the man who has returned from the dead to haunt her.

Author: Rachel Abbott
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1999943721
Publisher: Black Dot Publishing Limited
Right Behind You

Jo Palmer has enjoyed a blissful and quiet life, one that is about to come to a sudden end.

Ash, the love of her life, will be arrested by the police.

Millie, her lovely daughter, will be forcefully taken away from her.

Jo will not only lose her friends but also question her own sanity.

Someone is determined to take away everything that Jo loves, and that person won’t rest until she is destroyed.

But right now, the rain is pouring outside.

Jo is laughing in her kitchen, enjoying dinner with her family, oblivious of what’s about to happen.

Then someone knocks at the door. They are here.

Author: Rachel Abbott
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1999943738
Publisher: Black Dot Publishing Limited
Close Your Eyes

Don't let him under your skin. He'll destroy you.

Don't fight him. He'll win.

Run. Never let him find you.

I thought I was safe here, but I'm not. I've stayed too long. Now Genevieve is dead, and the police are on their way. It's time for me to go.

I must stick to the plan - the one I made the day I arrived in this city. My bag is packed. It always is. I will destroy every shred of evidence of my existence. The police must never find me. If they do, so will he.

I made a mistake, and someone had to die. But I'm the one who has truly lost her life.

I need to make a choice. If I keep running, I'll never stop. If I go back, he will make me suffer.

How many lives can one person ruin?

Author: Rachel Abbott
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1999943745
Publisher: Black Dot Publishing Limited
No More Lies


It would be unfair to blame the woman I met tonight for turning my life upside down. She didn't. It was already upside down. I just didn't know it.

Recently life has been good for Mallory Hansen: a great job, a lovely home, and a wonderful man, Nathan, to share it with.

But now she must ask herself: is it all built on lies?

A shocking accusation has been made against Nathan, and Mallory doesn't know who to believe. He denies everything, but all the signs point to his guilt. She has learned to trust Nathan, but she also remembers the boy he used to be.

As teenagers, Mallory and Nathan were part of a close-knit group of six friends until a vicious argument drove them apart. Now, fifteen years later, they are back in touch - only to find themselves drawn into a web of mutual distrust, one by one...

The attacks on their lives are skillfully targeted, designed to hit them where they hurt the most, and when a young woman disappears and a baby is abducted, DCI Tom Douglas must try to unravel the past and discover who is the architect of their misery.

Author: Rachel Abbott
First Release: 2023
ISBN: 978-1999943752
Publisher: Black Dot Publishing Limited