Rachel Abbott Books in Order

The Rachel Abbott books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the Rachel Abbott books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of DCI Tom Douglas Books

Only the Innocent

Abbott, Rachel 2011

Every moment of Sir Hugo Fletcher’s life has been chronicled in the British press: his privileged upbringing, his high-profile charity work to end human trafficking—even his two marriages. But when the billionaire philanthropist is discovered murdered in his London home, tied naked to a bed, the scandal is only a shadow of the darkness lurking off-camera.

Laura Fletcher returns from an Italian vacation to find her husband dead and her home under siege by paparazzi. Is she shocked? Yes. But is she distraught? Not exactly. Especially when Chief Inspector Tom Douglas reveals his suspicions that Hugo’s killer is female.

Laura always knew she wasn’t the only woman in Hugo’s life. And she knows she wasn’t the only one with a motive to kill. The deeper Douglas digs, the more sordid details about Hugo Fletcher he uncovers. And yet nothing compares to the secret Laura guards, a secret that could bring the guilty to justice—or destroy an innocent life forever.

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The Back Road

Abbott, Rachel 2013

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.

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Sleep Tight

Abbott, Rachel 2014

From the author of the bestselling novels Only the Innocent and The Back Road How far would you go to hold on to the people you love? When Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again.

She has reason to fear the worst; this isn't the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced. Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time it's Olivia who has disappeared. All the evidence suggests that she was here, in the family home, that morning.

 But 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 for some reason every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers. And then they find the blood.

.. Has the past caught up with Olivia? Sleep Tight - if you can. You never know who's watching. Praise for Rachel Abbott: "Rachel Abbott will keep you guessing long into the night and just as soon as you've figured it out...think again!"- Suspense Magazine "It is one of those books that holds you hostage and is hard to put down until the end" - Confessions of a Reader "Abbott creates a tangled web of deception, secrets, and red herrings" - Booklist "Pure Genius: A Masterclass in the Perfect Thriller!!" - Love Books "One of THE Best Mystery Suspense Novels Read This Year!" - Amazon Vine Voice

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Stranger Child

Abbott, Rachel 2015

One Dark Secret. One act of revenge. When Emma Joseph met her husband David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident.

Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie. Then a stranger walks into their lives, and their world tilts on its axis. Emma's life no longer feels secure.

Does she know what really happened all those years ago? And why does she feel so frightened for herself and for her baby? When a desperate Emma reaches out to her old friend DCI Tom Douglas for help, she puts all their lives in jeopardy. Before long, a web of deceit is revealed that shocks both Emma and Tom to the core.

 They say you should never trust a stranger. Maybe they're right.

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Nowhere Child

Abbott, Rachel 2015

A stand-alone novella featuring the same characters as Rachel Abbott’s bestselling novel Stranger Child Someone is looking for Tasha. But does she want to be found? Eight months ago Tasha Joseph ran away, and her stepmother, Emma, has been searching for her ever since.

She is desperate to give Tasha the home and security she deserves. The problem is, Emma isn’t the only one looking for Tasha. The police are keen to find her too. She could be a vital witness in a criminal trial, and DCI Tom Douglas has a team constantly on the lookout for her.

But Tasha remains hidden, and nobody appears to have seen her. Suddenly, the stakes are raised. Somebody is offering money – a lot of money – for information about Tasha’s whereabouts. Tom and Emma know they have never been closer to finding the young girl.

But they also recognise that she has never been closer to danger. Can they find her first? She can run – but for how long can she hide?

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Kill Me Again

Abbott, Rachel 2016

When your life is a lie, who can you trust? When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced. But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone.

His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone, or why. And then she discovers she’s not the only one looking for him. When a woman who looks just like Maggie is brutally murdered and DCI Tom Douglas is brought in to investigate, Maggie realises how little she knows about Duncan’s past.

Is he the man she loves? Who is he running from? She doesn’t have long to decide whether to trust him or betray him. Because one thing has been made clear to Maggie – another woman will die soon, and it might be her.

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The Sixth Window

Abbott, Rachel 2017

Every instinct told her to run... Natalie Grey is living a nightmare. She has discovered a disturbing website link on her new partner's computer and fears he has a dark side, and even darker intentions. When her husband died in a hit and run accident, Ed had seemed like a safe harbour.

Now where can she turn? Concerned for the safety of her fifteen-year-old daughter Scarlett, she moves them both to a new home beyond his reach, unaware that the apartment holds secrets of its own. Left alone during the long days of the school holiday, Scarlett investigates strange sounds coming from the other side of the wall, never anticipating the danger that awaits her there.

DCI Tom Douglas's investigation into the apparent suicide of a teenage girl draws him ever closer to Natalie and Scarlett. But will he be too late to protect them from the danger they face, or from the truths that will tear their lives apart? Will they ever feel safe again?

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Come a Little Closer

Abbott, Rachel 2018

The compelling new psychological thriller from three-million-copy bestselling author Rachel Abbott. ‘Smart and enthralling.' – Heat Magazine ‘Captivating! Sinister! Twisty!’ - Angela Marsons, author of Silent Scream ******** They will be coming soon.

They come every night. Snow is falling softly as a young woman takes her last breath. Fifteen miles away, two women sit silently in a dark kitchen. They don't speak, because there is nothing left to be said. Another woman boards a plane to escape the man who is trying to steal her life.

But she will have to return, sooner or later. These strangers have one thing in common. They each made one bad choice - and now they have no choices left. Soon they won't be strangers, they'll be family... When DCI Tom Douglas is called to the cold, lonely scene of a suspicious death, he is baffled.

Who is she? Where did she come from? How did she get there? How many more must die? Who is controlling them, and how can they be stopped? ******** Praise for Come a Little Closer 'Clever, creepy and compelling.' - Sharon Bolton, author of The Craftsman 'Come a Little Closer is a brilliant crime read .

Rachel Abbott is already one of the Queens of Crime, but this dark tale of manipulation, danger and lies adds to her reputation for outstanding storytelling.' - Kate Rhodes, author of Hell Bay 'In Come a Little Closer , Abbott's usual high calibre plotting provides everything the reader needs in a gripping thriller.

Satisfying investigation from the ever-lovely Tom Douglas, and a killer twist that makes this one her best yet.' - Louise Voss, co-author of From the Cradle 'The tangled web Rachel Abbott weaves is both intriguing and horrifying and I found myself living this story.

I was totally gripped by it.' - Kath Middleton, author and blogger ‘What a cracker of a book! Spellbinding. Breathtaking. The pace just builds and builds to the climax giving you a really uneasy feeling in your bones. And that ending! OMG! What a shocker!' - Kim Nash, Kim the Bookworm blog ‘No-one blends a psychological thriller with a police procedural like this woman and although I'm emotionally exhausted every time I finish one of her books I am equally hungry for more.

Captivating! Sinister! Twisty! ’ - Angela Marsons, author of Silent Scream Praise for Rachel Abbott 'A properly addictive, leave-the-light-on thriller.' – Red Magazine 'This fast-paced thriller will have you racing through to its shocking conclusion.

' - Closer 'Almost unbearably tense, with a killer twist.' - Good Housekeeping

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The Shape of Lies

Abbott, Rachel 2019

Yesterday, Scott was dead.Today, he's back.And Anna doesn't believe in ghosts.Scott was Anna's boyfriend. She loved him, but he ruined her life. When he died, she should have been free, but today Scott is on the radio, threatening to spill her secrets.

Anna is a mother, a wife, and head teacher of a primary school.And she's a good liar.She made one mistake, and now she is having to pay for it. Scott is the only person who knows the truth about her past, but how can he be alive?Soon, DCI Tom Douglas is going to knock on her door looking for answers.

But Anna is already running scared: from the man she loved; the man she watched die; the man who has come back to life.She has one week to find him. One week to stop him.

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Right Behind You

Abbott, Rachel 2020

Some doors should not be opened. Some can never be closed.Jo Palmer's peaceful and happy life is about to end.Ash - the man she loves - will be arrested by the police. Millie - her precious daughter - will be taken from her.She will lose her friends. She will doubt her sanity.

Someone is stealing everything Jo loves, and will stop at nothing.But right now, Jo is laughing in her kitchen, eating dinner with her family, suspecting nothing.It's raining outside.There's a knock at the door. They are here.A DCI Tom Douglas thriller

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Publication Order of Stephanie King Books

The Murder Game

Abbott, Rachel 2020

From bestselling author of Only the Innocent comes a gripping psychological thriller about one dark night that a group of friends can't leave behind as "suspicion falls... and emotions run high" (Publishers Weekly). That's the thing about old friends, they never let you forget.

The first time Jemma and Matt were invited to Polskirrin -- the palatial ocean-view home belonging to Matt's old friend Lucas Jarrett -- it was for an intimate wedding that ended in tragedy. Jemma will never forget the sight of the girl's pale, doll-like body bobbing listlessly toward the rocky shore.

Now, exactly one year later, Jemma and her husband have reluctantly returned at Lucas's request to honor an anniversary they would do anything to forget.But what Lucas has in store for his guests is nothing like a candlelight vigil. Someone close remembers more from that night than they'll admit to, and Lucas has devised a little game for them all to make them tell the truth.

At least Jemma knows that she and Matt weren't involved in what happened to that young woman . . . or were they? Before you play a game with death, make sure you can pay the price. . .From the three-million-copy bestselling author of Only the Innocent comes an absolutely gripping new psychological thriller.

Perfect for fans of Something in the Water, The Woman in the Window and The Silent Patient.

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Invitation

Abbott, Rachel 2020

That’s the thing about old friends… they never let you forget.The first time Jemma and Matt were invited to Polskirrin – the imposing ocean-view home belonging to Matt’s childhood friend Lucas Jarrett – it was for an intimate wedding that ended in tragedy.

Jemma will never forget the sight of the girl’s pale body floating listlessly towards the rocky shore.Now, exactly one year later, Jemma and her husband have reluctantly returned at Lucas’s request to honor the anniversary of an event they would do anything to forget.

But what Lucas has in store for his guests is nothing like a candlelight vigil. Someone who was there that night remembers more than they’ll admit to, and Lucas has devised a little game to make them tell the truth.Jemma believes she and Matt know nothing about what happened to that woman… but what if she’s wrong? Before you play a deadly game, make sure you can pay the price…From the four-million-copy bestselling author of Sleep Tight comes a psychological thriller that will have you gripped until the last page.

Perfect for fans of Something in the Water, The Woman in the Window and The Silent Patient.What readers are saying about The Invitation…‘Five stars!! Thrilling, gripping, compelling, and had me turning pages well past my bedtime! Rachel Abbott is clearly a brilliant writer and I cannot wait to read more from her!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘Oh.

My. Goodness… The writing was so phenomenal!... had me gripped on every single page from the very beginning!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘I read the entire thing in a day! The characters come fully alive in my head and I can almost see and hear them in my head… It was brilliant!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘What can I say.

.. WOW!!! I honestly think this was my favorite of all Rachel Abbott books!... It kept me guessing and eating up the pages until the end… All I have to say about this one is I LOVED IT!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘Wow this book was awesome. It was creepy, scary and tense and had me madly turning the pages.

I couldn’t get enough and found it really hard to put down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘As always, Rachel Abbott totally hit it out of the park!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘So many twists and turns you are not sure what's coming next. Just when you think you have it figured out, the story takes you somewhere else.

I love a book that keeps me guessing until the very end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘Keeps you on a rollercoaster the entire way. Each time you think you know the who it is – there comes another twist. All I can say is I loved the book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘This was a wonderful novel with characters that draw you right in and don’t let go.

The storyline flowed seamlessly and kept me glued to the pages.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘This book is amazing! Has a killer twist and keeps you guessing. The author is insanely talented. I am definitely looking to reading more by her.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘A great read from a very talented writer.

The suspense ramps up at the very start. Highly depicted characters, and a surprising plot – sure to delight the reader!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘I did not predict that twist. I was shocked and gripped by the story. I recommend you go in blind for this book.

You will not be disappointed.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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Close Your Eyes

Abbott, Rachel 2021

Don't let him under your skin. He'll destroy you.Don't fight him. He'll win.Run. Never let him find you.I thought I was safe here, but I'm not. I've stayed too long. Now Genevieve is dead, and the police are on their way. It's time for me to go.I must stick to the plan - the one I made the day I arrived in this city.

My bag is packed. It always is. I will destroy every shred of evidence of my existence. The police must never find me. If they do, so will he. I made a mistake, and someone had to die. But I'm the one who has truly lost her life.I need to make a choice.

If I keep running, I'll never stop. If I go back, he will make me suffer. How many lives can one person ruin?A Tom Douglas thriller

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Publication Order of Anthologies

Killer Women: Crime Club Anthology #2

Millar, Louise 2017

Bodies surface and disappear, seduce and corrupt in these original stories by bestselling, award-winning female crime writers from the Killer Women crime-writing collective. Keep your eyes peeled, your ears cocked and your wits about you as twenty deliciously twisted tales take you to surprising places.

.. 'A killer collection of dark and devious tales' Mark Billingham 'A lot of women have terrified me over the years, but none quite like these!' Linwood Barclay 'This mix of playfully twisted, macabre tales showcases the Killer Women at the top of their game.

I loved it!' SJ Watson

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