The Back Road (Anglais) MP3 CD – 8 octobre 2013
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From the author of the bestseller Only the Innocent.
In a quiet country village, secrets abound.
When a young girl, Abbie Campbell, is knocked over and left for dead on the back road of the village of Little Melham, waves of shock ripple through the small community and a chain of events, which threatens to expose long-kept secrets, is triggered.
For Ellie Saunders, the truth about that night puts both her marriage and the safety of her children in jeopardy–she has to protect her family, no matter what the cost. And Ellie isn’t the only one with something to hide. She and her sister Leo believe they have put their troubled childhood behind them, but Leo’s quest for the truth reveals a terrible secret that has lain hidden for years.
Ellie’s neighbour, former detective Tom Douglas, has escaped to Little Melham in search of a quiet life, but finds himself drawn into the web of deceit as his every instinct tells him that what happened to young Abbie was far more than a tragic accident.
In this gripping novel, the peaceful English countryside belies the horrible truths that lurk beneath the trimmed hedgerows, behind the closed doors of smart sitting rooms and within unspoken conversations. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .
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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...
De plus, le personnage de Tom Douglas manque totalement d'épaisseur.
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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.
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.
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.