Rachel abbott and so it begins
And So It Begins by Rachel AbbottWelp, here we go....
This book somehow managed to include every single element that can ruin a good thriller.
The characters. Its not that they were poorly developed, its that they werent developed at all. And all of them were unlikeable. The only positive is the unreliability of the main player, Evie. But even that was ruined because her less than truthful narration of the events was so obvious it completely negated everything I love about unreliable narrators.
Second, the completely irrelevant romance between the detectives Gus and Stephanie. Jeezaloo can writers please stop with this nonsense? Entire chapters are devoted to these two and their tumultuous love affair. By the end my skimming had turned into skipping those chapters altogether.
Next, the tired plot. I dont want to give anything away, although itll be obvious pretty quickly to most readers, but its a worn out premise at best.
And finally, the not so big reveal. This is another one of those stories that ends with the bad guy (or woman) giving a dramatic and long-winded rendering to explain all of their actions since birth (ok thats a bit of an exaggeration but you get the point) to their victim in an attempt to wrap up all of the loose ends in one breath. Oh lort I really have a disdain for these types of endings.
I am genuinely dumbfounded by all of the 4 and 5 star reviews for this one.
By 25% into the story I found myself trying to make up one of those ridiculous and cheesy Lifetime movie titles for this book because thats exactly what I felt like I was reading.
I decided on Dead Brothers Sisters Scorned.
And So It Begins
Cancel anytime. Yesterday, Scott was dead. 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.
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Perfect for fans of Clare Mackintosh and Lisa Jewell. Cleo knows she should be happy for her brother Mark. He's managed to find someone new after the sudden death of his first wife - but something about Evie just doesn't feel right When Evie starts having accidents at home, her friends grow concerned. Could Mark be causing her injuries? Called out to their cliff-top house one night, Sergeant Stephanie King finds two bodies entangled on blood-drenched sheets.
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Cleo knows she should be happy for her brother Mark. He's managed to find someone new after the sudden death of his first wife - but something about Evie just doesn't feel right When Evie starts having accidents at home, her friends grow concerned. Could Mark be causing her injuries? Called out to their cliff-top house one night, Sergeant Stephanie King finds two bodies entangled on blood-drenched sheets. Where does murder begin?
For newcomers, it will provide a fine introduction to a writer who never disappoints and it may even attract new readers to the Douglas series. There are switchbacks and hairpin turns around every corner — best not to let your guard slip until the final page, because Abbott has plenty of surprises in store. Two people lie in a bed, covered in blood. Both are apparently dead but one of the police officers in attendance spots a tiny movement and realises one of them is still alive. The dead man is renowned photographer Marcus North, the woman beside him his live-in girlfriend Evie, mother to their little daughter Lulu.