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Blog Tour: Close Your Eyes by Rachel Abbott

Released: 11/02/2021

Publisher: Black Dot

Genre: Thriller

Buy link: Click here for Amazon link.

Blurb: Don‘t let him get 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’ll make me suffer.

How many lives can one person ruin? A Tom Douglas thriller.

My Thoughts:

I was completely blown away by this book. I’ll admit that this is the first Rachel Abbott novel I’ve had the pleasure of reading, which is strange because, as an indie author myself, I’ve been aware of her work for a long time. I’d just never got around to taking the plunge.

I was part of the blog tour for her release last year but due to lockdown (part one) I was only able to share an extract of that book.

I was so excited when this tour came up and jumped at the chance to be involved.

There’s always a slight apprehension reading a book by an author that you‘ve always wanted to read, that hope that their work will be worth the hype. All I can say is ... wow.

The blurb was of course intriguing, but then as soon as I began reading, I was pulled into three different narratives. One is obviously the detective, but the others (which I won’t fully share here due to spoilers) included a different time frame and brought a whole new unexpected theme to the plot that kept me hooked to the last chapter.

For anyone whose worried about dipping in several books into the series, this seemed a brilliant starting point and I will now be going back to book one, almost giddy with the wealth of stories I have to read from this author.

It’s hard to say more about the characters and plot as the genre naturally works with surprises and twists, but I really enjoyed the detectives - there were a few references to Tom Douglas’ past, but rather than confuse me, they made me curious to go back and discover more of his story. Becky, Rob and the side characters on the force were well developed. I found the dynamic of their working banter made me smile through the tension.

The main character was expertly written. While there were leanings towards an unreliability as a narrator, I felt I needed to understand what made her tick and what on Earth had brought her to that point. Having the extra time frame within the chapters really added this, leading you along with what felt like a rollercoaster.

I’ve read a lot of thrillers but it’s not often that I come across a series that I feel I could devour without tiring of the detective. This novel, though, could well end up on my best books of the year list. I simply adored it.

Thank you so much to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the tour, and to Rachel Abbott - you are an inspiration.


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