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The Back Road (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Rachel Abbott
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From the author of #1 bestseller – Only the Innocent

A girl lies close to death in a dark, deserted lane.
A driver drags her body to the side of the road.
A shadowy figure hides in the trees, watching and waiting.

The small community of Little Melham is in shock.

For Ellie Saunders, last night’s hit and run on the back road could destroy everything she has. She was out that night, but if she reveals where she was and why, her family will be torn apart. She is living on a knife-edge, knowing that her every move is being observed.

Ellie’s new neighbour, former Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas has moved to the village for some well-deserved peace and quiet, but as he is drawn into the web of deceit his every instinct tells him that what happened that night was more than a tragic accident.

As past and present collide, best-kept secrets are revealed and lives are devastated. Only one person knows the whole story. And that person will protect the truth no matter what the cost.

The Back Road is an electrifying thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end.

There are red herrings galore in this well scripted plot and even when you think you have the story sussed, Abbott throws a spanner into the works … a refreshingly original read.
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Not only is it tightly plotted, with intricate twists and turns, the writing is also of the highest standard.
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This is a tightly written psychological thriller.
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Biographie de l'auteur

Rachel Abbott was born and raised in Manchester, England, and trained as a systems analyst before launching her own interactive media company in the early 1980s. She sold her company in 2000, and in 2005 moved to the Le Marche region of Italy, where she wrote her first book–Only the Innocent. She now spends most of her time on the island of Alderney in the Channel Islands where she can focus full time on her writing.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Family business 29 août 2013
Par Ansofi
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Another suspenseful story involving former inspector Tom Douglas. Two sisters with a tragic past, stalkers, shadow lovers, a young girl in a coma after a hit and run... all the ingredients for a great detective story!
Tom Douglas is there but not omnipresent, the main role being given to Ellie and Leo, two endearing sisters. A very entertaining read to recommend...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must 10 juillet 2014
Par L.D. Lil
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Yet another exciting, page turner from Rachel Abbott. Loved it and definitely recommend it. Down to earth, everyday characters. Typical village gossips, but lots of exciting twists and turns to the plot. Roll on the next one.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Une intrigue un peu tirée par les cheveux 19 avril 2013
Par Airelle
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Une intrigue un peu floue, que l'auteur semble avoir du mal à mener à bien.
De plus, le personnage de Tom Douglas manque totalement d'épaisseur.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another great read 27 mars 2014
Par Mme H.
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This is the second Rachel Abbot I have read and it certainly didn't disappoint. Many twists and turns to keep you guessing. Another great read.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not for me... 19 octobre 2013
Par Tracy L. - Publié sur
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There are a few problems with THE BACK ROAD. So many that it reminds me of one of those terrible movies shown on Lifetime.

My main problem of this "mystery" is that it reads far too much like a soap opera. There are too many characters and too many red herring plot points. Perhaps the main problem is the editing. This book is just far too long. Without all of the character introspection and descriptions of the way Leo's jeans hugged her slender body, this may have made for a decent story. But I found quite a bit of it boring.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Solid story telling but with a cast of many, some unsympathetic, characters. 17 septembre 2013
Par QueenKatieMae - Publié sur
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After a shocking prologue and first few chapters that promise a cutting edge story, The Back Road hurtles itself into a large group of well-to-do friends with "first world problems" getting together for a dinner party. The main characters, half-sisters Ellie and Leo, grew up together in what can best be described as an Evil Stepmother environment with Ellie getting all the attention, and all the inheritance. Leo consequently left her toxic childhood behind and established herself as a Life Coach with an Internet blog. Ellie stayed behind in their childhood home, married her sweetheart, Max, had twins, and occupies her days lavishly spending using her inheritance. Both sisters, while living very different lives and lifestyles, have remained close.

Leo has hesitantly returned to their childhood home, Willow Farm, for Ellie's post-remodel housewarming party. Ellie's friends, wealthy couples with way too much money and too little interest in their own marriages, are not a likeable lot. Fiona doesn't like sex and Charles is away in London too often. Pat left his wife for Mimi, the barmaid, and no one likes Mimi. Gary is a total ass with a new Porsche who shows up at the party, his wife, Penny, in tears. Sean, the contractor who did the remodel, left his drunk of a wife at home. And Tom, a retired detective and new neighbor, seems to be the only normal attendee at the party.

The main topic at the dinner party is the recent hit and run accident of a school-age girl, Abby. Left for dead on what is called the "back road", Abby is now unconscious, on a ventilator, and unable to talk. But, as almost every person at the table was driving the back road that night, and reminiscent of an Agatha Christie novel, the reader knows that someone at the party is the culprit.

There are more side plots to this story, of course: Max has become increasingly secretive, so Ellie thinks he is sleeping with the high school PE teacher. Fiona, looking for a sex partner, is hitting up on an unnamed person at the party. Mimi steals Ellie's phone and texts an unnamed someone, then she drops a bombshell at the party. Gary is in the process of making a business deal with Sean, who has a mysterious backer. Pat disappears and won't answer his phone. And, someone is stalking the not so innocent Ellie. The biggest mystery? Why doesn't Ellie, after everything they went through together in their childhood, trust her sister enough to share her fears with her?

The story meanders as Leo, Ellie, and Tom individually try to solve the mystery of who ran over Abby. Ellie's stalker ramps up the tension, but the reader will quickly figure out the stalker's identity. Ellie grows more and more paranoid about Max's supposed extramarital affair, but the reader will not have much sympathy as it becomes apparent that she and her stalker have a history. When Leo makes interesting discoveries about the dinner guests and someone other than the original stalker begins to blackmail Ellie, the story starts to pick up.

The last part of the book is loaded with action and answers, neatly tying together all the threads of the story. The whodunit is not surprising. But the answer to the mysterious prologue, while the clues are there, is surprising. All misunderstandings are cleared up and at the end there is a possible opportunity to continue one of the storylines in another book. The Back Road, while not a pulse-pounding, mind-blowing mystery by any means, is still a good solid mystery novel. However, I really did not care about a major percentage of the rather large cast of characters. While the retired police detective, Tom, had a very minor role in this story, so minor that I actually suspected him for awhile, I was surprised to discover he was in the author's last novel. Leo was the most intelligent and compelling, and while I sometimes did want to give Ellie a good shake for being "such a silly cow", her pain and fears were palpable.

So, I give this book 3 stars because of the unsympathetic characters, but 3.5 stars for solid story telling.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 not good 31 octobre 2013
Par Cindy Putman - Publié sur
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After reading Only the Innocent I was excited to start The Back Road. Not only was it morbid, but the sentences were short, stiff and it felt like it was a different writer than Rachel Abbott. The first book flowed and this book was almost like See Spot Run. Run Spot.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Plot a bit slow, but delivery is top notch. 25 août 2013
Par J. Murray - Publié sur
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I loved Rachel Abbot's thriller, The Back Road (Thomas & Mercer 2013). It's the story of two girls (Ellie and Leo) thrown together as siblings of a polygamist father. When Leo's mom dies, Ellie's mom is forced to raise both girls which she does in Leo's case with hate and anger, an attitude that gets even worse when the Dad disappears. Leo leaves as soon as she can manage it, returning to the house only after her step mother's death. Both sisters attempt to move on, but are haunted by a miasma of memories. Life refuses to be easy for them. By Chapter One, we know Ellie is being stalked by a man who thinks she loves him, His unwanted attentions begin to unravel the carefully constructed worlds both girls have created to protect themselves from their past.

The story has lots of damaged good people, intrigue, the de rigeur damaged ex-cop and woman-who-swears-off-men-who-falls-for-handsome-ex-cop. It has enough sub-plots to keep even the most distractable reader entertained.

But it took me a while to get to 'love it'. It starts powerfully, but depressing, with two unnamed girls hiding in a closet while their mum takes care of business in the bedroom. When one sister starts choking, the other decides it's better they are discovered than one of them dies. The next scene is with Ellie, paralyzed with fear over her stalker. Do you see what I mean? Depressing, all of it. But, Rachel Abbot is a powerful writer, deft with words and a master at unpeeling the plot little by little. I kept reading. Soon, around page 100, despite my natural misgivings about change and new authors, I'd reached that literary tipping point where you either love a book or toss it. I was hooked and remained so for the balance of the 470 pages.

Not to say Rachel Abbot was perfect in her delivery. The setting is Britain, but too often the character's voices are decidedly American. I just finished Val McDermid's Tony Hill series and fell in love with Brit speak and their colloquialisms. Rachel Abbot has enough to tell the story, but not enough to keep me in the setting. And one other nit-pick: Abbot spends a bit too much time summarizing past plot points. She's afraid we readers will forget something important, but we won't, at least not enough to justify the constant retelling. That's what earned it 4 instead of 5 stars. The reviews noticeably slowed the plot down, something that isn't good in a thriller.

That's it, though. Believe me, I'll be reading the rest of her books. You should too.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not even close to being as good as her first book. 2 mars 2014
Par Reading mavenesse - Publié sur
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This was an absolute jumble of a mess. None of the numerous characters were at all sympathetic. There were so many subplots going on and most of the characters were unbelievable and stupid to the extreme.
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