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I have recently finished reading Sleep Tight a taut thriller by Rachel Abbot that I could not put down until I had devoured every page. Below is my review. If you would like to hear more about Rachel, do drop by my blog tomorrow when I have the pleasure of talking to Rachel about her life and writing.
by Black Dot Publishing Ltd, February 2015 (E-book). ISBN: 978-0-9576522-3-1
Following the disappearance of her beloved husband Dan, Olivia Brookes
has now married Robert who entered her life as she was coping with the loss of
Dan, and then stood by her when a second tragedy occurred. Now she is calling
the police to report her husband Robert and three children have disappeared.
The first six chapters of the book take us through
Olivia’s panic and fear as the hours pass, and she knows that she has reason to
think the worst, as she knows what Robert is capable of, but cannot share these
fears with the police. As the investing officer’s conduct a routine search of
the house for any clues as to where the children could be, they discover that
some of the children’s clothes are missing.But Olivia insists that Robert just took the children out for pizza.However, Inspector Tom Douglas recalls an
earlier call when the young Olivia reported the disappearance of her first husband
Dan, and wonders.
Two years later, Tom Douglas now a Chief Inspector is
called by his boss Chief Superintendent Philippa Stanley who tells Tom that
they have a missing-from-home case.But
this time it is Olivia who has disappeared, and with her are the three
children.A report from the PC who went
to check it out says it’s an odd situation, as her car is in the garage, and
her purse is in her handbag – on the kitchen table. The police want to issue an
appeal, but every single picture of this family has been removed from photo
albums, phones, and computers.
The subsequent interviews with Robert and the evidence
they find are all conflicting.In fact
they cannot even establish when she was last seen. Then the forensic team find blood, and it turns
into a murder hunt.
In the early chapters it quickly becomes apparent that
Robert is utterly obsessed with Olivia.So when Robert reports Olivia missing we are two years further on, and
as the police investigate, slowly the last two years unfold revealing the
frightening intensity of Robert’s obsession with Olivia.
The story is complex and has many
twists, which makes compelling reading. I could not put this book down - heart
in mouth as the tension mounts, and we reach the dramatic conclusion.Highly recommended. ------ Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
Rachel Abbott,whose real name is Sheila Rodgers, was born just
outside Manchester. She spent most of her working life as the Managing
Director of an interactive media company, developing software and websites for
the education market. The sale of that business enabled her to take early
retirement and fulfil one of her lifelong ambitions - to buy and restore a
property in Italy. .She bought a ruined
monastery with its own chapel in Italy, and completely restored it, in the
process starting a very successful business renting it out for weddings and
conferences. She lived in Italy for some years before relocating to
Alderney. In 2010 she fulfilled her ambition to write a novel with Only the
Innocent and thus began her third successful career. She is a successful
self-published author of crime novels, with a strong women’s slant. Her
first novel, Only The Innocent, went to no 1 in e-book format on
Amazon. She has published three novels so far: Only The Innocent, The
Back Road and Sleep Tight. The fourth, Stranger Child, comes
out in e-book at the end of February.