The Sixth Window by Rachel Abbott #BlogTour #SixthWindow Micro Thriller Challenge

Today I am BEYOND thrilled to be on the blog tour for The Sixth Window where I will be sharing a micro thriller that I co-wrote with Rachel Abbott! How exciting is that?! And when you have finished reading it make sure you check further down the page for my review of this new case for Tom Douglas.


I thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the micro thriller challenge and want to say thank you so much Rachel Abbott and Maura Brickell for the opportunity to take part.

About this book…

The perfect man… or a perfect stranger?

After eighteen months of grieving for her husband Bernie, killed in a horrific hit and run accident, Natalie Grey has found love with her husband’s best friend – Ed Cooper – and has moved herself and fifteen year old daughter, Scarlett, into his home. But Natalie begins to suspect Ed has a dark side – and even darker intentions.

Desperate to get her daughter to a place of safety, she and Scarlett move to a new home that holds secrets of its own. But has removing Scarlett from one potential threat placed her in far greater danger?

DCI Tom Douglas is also chasing the truth, as his investigation into the suicide of a teenage girl draws him ever closer to Natalie and Scarlett. But will he be too late to protect them from the peril they face, or from the truths that will tear their lives apart?

My review…

Wow! Can I breathe again yet? I feel like I have been on an emotional rollercoaster with this latest thriller from Rachel Abbott. I always have that frisson of anticipation when  I start a new book by a favourite author but then I get a nervous excitement, alongside my fear that the latest offering will not live up to my high expectations. But as soon as I began The Sixth Window I knew it wasn’t going to disappoint, and my worries disappeared as I sank into it like it was a bathtub full of hot bubbles! 

Tom Douglas is back! My favourite Detective Chief Inspector is called in to investigate the suicide of a teenage girl but when it becomes clear that the case may be connected to the unsolved hit and run of an undercover detective, Tom and Becky have to unravel a case that might be a little bit too close for comfort. I read the scene where police officer Bernie is out walking his daughter’s new puppy, with my heart in my mouth, what could possibly have happened within this lovely family to warrant such an horrific attack? His widow Natalie has now built a new life for herself and their daughter Scarlett but for now long?

Natalie was a great character creation. I really felt for her as she worked through her grief with the help of Ed, Bernies best friend. It takes a lot of courage to begin a new relationship as a widow, especially one with a teenage daughter, but she has bravely begun a new life giving herself another chance at love and happiness. When she sees signs that something isn’t quite right with Ed and Scarlett’s relationship and when she also finds something shocking on Eds laptop, she takes Scarlett and runs. As mothers we know to trust our instincts and read the signs even if it means destroying our own happiness. But have you ever heard that phrase “out of the frying pan and into the fire”? Well, the apartment block they move onto is hiding more than a few more secrets of its own.

Although it was fantastic having Tom back, this was first and foremost a psychological thriller and we are only fed snippets of Toms personal life in the background as the case is his main focus! But I did love the relationship between mother and daughter that takes centre stage here. And it was kept very current with the plot developments that occurred. Teenage girls don’t have an easy time of it nowadays with the evolving social media and peer pressure so they can be more vulnerable than we realise and here the fears that every parent has are brought to the surface as the we watch Scarlett becomes embroiled in something that, due to her upbringing and inexperience, she struggles to extricate herself from. I had no idea where this was heading and as the tension increased so did my fears for Scarlett.

The twists and turns of the The Sixth Window had me second guessing myself constantly right up until the end. And what an ending!! I loved this book from start to finish and now want to go back and reread all Rachel’s books from Only The Innocent. I will always need DCI Tom Douglas in my life!

I received this book via netgalley and have chosen to read and review it.

The Sixth Window was published on 21st February 2017 and is available to purchase at Amazon UK.


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.