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.
My rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
DCI Tom Douglas is back for his ninth instalment and this time it will stretch his investigative skills to their very limits.
A knock at the door turns Jo Palmer’s life into a waking nightmare.
The police have taken her partner Ash into custody for questioning over accusations of abuse of his step-daughter Millie. Social services have taken Millie to interview her about her stepdad and Jo is left at home, alone, full of fear, doubts and questions of her own.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, as time ticks on and she has heard nothing back from either the police or social services she places a phone call to the police for an update. Only the police have no idea what she is talking about. There are no records of any officers ever attending their property and social services have never heard of the family. The only explanation being, whoever has taken Ash and Milly have kidnapped the pair. But why is a mystery to everyone, one that needs to be solved if there is any chance of getting the pair back alive.
And so begins an investigation that leads both police and Jo down unknown roads with some unexpected results.
What began with a normal day, with a normal family, by the end of the day a young girl and her father have been brazenly abducted by a group of people claiming to be from the police and social services, right in front of Jo’s very eyes.
Even though this is the ninth instalment of a series this book reads perfectly as a standalone, which is a good thing because this is the first book I have read by Rachel Abbott, so if like me you are new to this series don’t let that hold you back as it is a brilliant read in its own rights.
It is fast paced and full of some memorable characters and a protagonist that most will find relatable. The plot line is full of some clever misdirections that will keep you fully engaged and keep you guessing right up until the shocking twist is revealed. With there being so many good books in this genre I feel it is getting harder and harder for authors to keep readers guessing but in ‘Right Behind You’, Rachel Abbott has managed to do just that. She has cracked the cliched ‘shocking twist you won’t see coming’ masterfully, making this a book not to be missed for any fans of psychological thrillers.
About the author
Rachel Abbott is the bestselling author of the Tom Douglas series of books, and more recently the Stephanie King series, which together have sold over 4 million copies and have been translated into over 20 languages.
Right Behind You is the ninth Tom Douglas book, and in 2018 Abbott also released her first novel with Headline under the Wildfire imprint, which was listed as one of The Times best crime novels of the year.
Born and raised in Manchester, Abbott founded her own interactive media company in the 1980s before retiring in 2005. She then moved to Italy where she wrote her first 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, Abbott now splits her time between Alderney in the Channel Islands and Italy
A massive thank you to the author Rachel Abbott, publishers Black Dot Publishing Ltd and Anne Cater for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest and independent review as well as my slot on the blog tour.