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Book Review: No More Lies – Rachel Abbott

It would be unfair to blame the woman I met tonight for turning my life upside down.  She didn’t.

It was already upside down. I just didn’t know it.

Recently life has been good for Mallory Hansen: a great job, a lovely home, and a wonderful man, Nathan, to share it with.

But now she must ask herself: is it all built on lies?

A shocking accusation has been made against Nathan, and Mallory doesn’t know who to believe. He denies everything, but all the signs point to his guilt. She has learned to trust Nathan, but she also remembers the boy he used to be.

As teenagers, Mallory and Nathan were part of a close-knit group of six friends until a vicious argument drove them apart. Now, fifteen years later, they are back in touch – only to find themselves drawn into a web of mutual distrust, one by one…

The attacks on their lives are skilfully targeted, designed to hit them where they hurt the most, and when a young woman disappears and a baby is abducted, DCI Tom Douglas must try to unravel the past and discover who is the architect of their misery.

A DCI Tom Douglas Thriller

My thoughts: the author kindly sent me a copy of her new book to review and as it’s just been published, here are my thoughts!

I really enjoyed this book, the complicated, tangled mess of the past, six former friends who don’t really see each other any more, a night fifteen years ago that they’ve mostly forgotten and a series of horrific, shocking crimes that bring them back together.

DCI Douglas and his team have to untangle this mess and try to find out why anyone would do this to a group of people – allegations of sexual assault, kidnap, murder, rape. Some of the most heinous crimes and people who cannot understand why they’re the targets.

I only caught on right towards the end, when a few things had started not to add up, pretty much when the police started to pull apart the coincidences and careful building of false evidence and identities. It takes skill to build such a clever story and it had me totally hooked. Who was behind it all? What did a cuddly badger have to do with it? Why was someone so angry so many years later? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out!

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