Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my review with you of Right Behind You by Rachel Abbott as part of the big tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the invite and for my review copy of the book.
What’s this book about?
It’s always a highlight of my year when a new book by Rachel Abbott is published but even more of a thrill when it’s a new Tom Douglas book! This is the 8th books in the DCI Tom Douglas series and it’s just as brilliant as ever! I am probably a little bit in love with the Manchester detective but that doesn’t distract me from the twisty cases he has to solve, especially when they hit a little bit too close to home for Tom.
Jo Palmer lives an enviable lifestyle with Ash, her partner and her daughter Millie until one night the police come calling. They take away Ash, accusing him of a heinous crime and then social workers take Millie. But when Jo tries to find out more about when they will be home, her entire world falls apart.
Jo was a brilliant character who I took to immediately. Her increasing panic as she realised things weren’t quite as she had thought was perfectly delivered by the slow unraveling of the secrets that undermine her relationship with Ash and her confusion about why her best friend was so obviously lying to her. Jo felt realistic and her actions matched the personality that was portrayed throughout the narrative, even if I wanted to scream and shout at her not to do half the things she went ahead with! But a mothers determination can’t be shelved when her child is in danger and I knew she would do everything in her power to keep her child safe.
It was good to catch up with Tom (sigh!!!!!) and Louisa to find out how their relationship was developing and we get to find out a little more about another family member too. No spoilers here though!
I think you can read Right Behind You as a stand-alone as the main focus of the book is the case involving Jo and her family but you may want to catch up on previous books to get some of Toms backstory. And if you’ve not read the previous books then WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! Rachel Abbott has the much envied talent of being able to write complex plots with engaging characters that grab you from the very first page. Right Behind You was no exception and I absolutely loved it from start to finish.
Highly recommended by me!
Meet the author
Rachel Abbott, born and raised in Manchester, founded her own interactive media company in the 1980s, before selling it and retiring in 2005. She then moved to Italy where she worked on the renovation of a 15th century Italian monastery, and it was here that, one day, she found herself snowed in and decided to begin writing for pleasure. This became her debut novel Only The Innocent, which she went on to publish via Kindle Direct Publishing, topping their chart for 4 weeks. A true self-publishing pioneer, Right Behind You is Abbott’s eighth full-length novel in the DCI Tom Douglas series. All of her previous thrillers have hit no.1 in the Kindle charts. She splits her time between Alderney in the Channel Islands and Italy.