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The Shape of Lies – Rachel Abbott (DCI Tom Douglas #8)

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.

Rachel Abbott’s debut thriller, Only the Innocent, was an international bestseller, reaching the number one position in the Amazon charts both in the UK and US. This was followed by the number one bestselling novels The Back Road, Sleep Tight and Stranger Child, Nowhere Child (a short novel based on the characters from Stranger Child) and Kill Me Again. In February 2017 Rachel released her seventh novel, The Sixth Window.

Her novels have been translated into over 20 languages.

In 2015 Amazon celebrated the first five years of the Kindle in the UK, and announced that Rachel was the #1 bestselling independent author over the five-year period. She was also placed #14 in the chart of all authors. Stranger Child was the most borrowed novel for the Kindle in the first half of 2015.

Rachel splits her time between Alderney – a beautiful island off the coast of France – and the Le Marche region of Italy, where she is able to devote all her time to writing fiction.

My Review:

There is something so assuring about reading any book written by Rachel Abbott. For me personally, I know that I will be transported to a gripping, thrilling and page-turning world featuring intriguing characters, twisted plotlines and clever endings and once again THE SHAPE OF LIES does not disappoint.

This is book 8 in the DCI Tom Douglas series and whilst I always recommend starting at the beginning of a series – all of these books work well as standalone’s and you could read them in any order! Having said that.. I highy recommend the first 7 books as well.

The Shape of Lies features Anna – a mother, wife, respected head teacher with a secret past that is about to destroy everything she has worked for and is desperate to hide.

Meanwhile a murder in a car park finds DCI Tom Douglas and his team struggling to track down the killer and identify the victim and when another body turns up Anna becomes a person of interest.

I’m not giving anything away, but once again my amateur armchair detective skills proved completely useless as I was convinced I had solved the crimes at least 3 times and as usual Rachel Abbott kept me guessing and back-tracking and changing my mind throughout.

Loved it and downloaded Book 9 which I will read next.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
  1. Book 1 – Only The Innocent
  2. Book 2 – The Back Road
  3. Book 3 – Sleep Tight
  4. Book 4 – Stranger Child
  5. Book 5 – Kill Me Again
  6. Book 6  – The Sixth Window
  7. Book 7 – Come A Little Closer
  8. Book 8 – The Shape of Lies
  9. Book 9 – Right Behind You

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