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Publication Order of DCI Tom Douglas Books

Only the Innocent (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Back Road (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sleep Tight (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stranger Child (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nowhere Child (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kill Me Again (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sixth Window (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Come a Little Closer (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shape of Lies (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Right Behind You (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Close Your Eyes (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
No More Lies (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Stephanie King Books

And So It Begins (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Murder Game / The Invitation (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don't Look Away (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Killer Women Crime Club Anthology #2(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

A British author and self-publisher, the writer Rachel Abbott is known for being a success story in the industry, as she’s created her wealth and popularity on her own terms, with her first three novels making up over a million sales combined, a success that is admired throughout the publishing industry as a whole. Writing psychological thrillers she has over six titles on the market so far with more expected to follow shortly, finding her success primarily on Amazon and the eBook market, gaining a wide range of fans in the process. Marketing her own work as well, Rachel Abbott clearly has a gift for not just writing, but understanding the self-publishing market as well, making her a sensation that many will attempt to replicate for some time to come.

Early and Personal Life

Born in 1952 and growing up near to Manchester in the United Kingdom, Rachel Abbott always had a passion for both reading and writing, whilst also spending most of her earlier life working with computers, something which would come to serve her well as a writer later on. Always one to quickly identify and solve a problem, she would take her skills with her, as she managed to build upon a strong concept for her first novel, before releasing and marketing it on her own as well. Her ideas were always first rate too, as she transferred them onto the page with the inspiration that many other writers could only dream of.

Originally she began her working life as a systems analyst concentrating on interactive media and information technology, before setting up her own company that would focus on developing software and websites that were to specifically cater to the education market. After selling the company back in 2000 she went onto then purchase an Italian monastery which she went about renovating after moving from her home in Lancashire. With the help of her husband she then sought to have the home cater to holidays and weddings, a venue which she managed for quite some time, which was all before she began to finally settle down and concentrate on writing.

Looking to write and produce a novel all about an average woman who is seemingly given no other option but commit an act of murder was the initial concept that Rachel Abbott when she first embarked on her career as a fully fledged writer. After being turned down by several literary agents and publishers she decided to brave it alone and go into self-publishing, as she put her first book up on Amazon’s Kindle Store. Selling slowly at first she then formulated her own marketing campaign that was strong enough to build up the momentum needed to ensure that the book was a success.

Now dividing her time between the island of Alderney in the Channel Islands and the Le Marche region of Italy with her husband, she continues to write to this day. With her now being one of the biggest success stories to come out of self-publishing to date, she’s got publishers interested in her next novels already. As more books are set to be released in the near future, it appears that she’s not stopping anytime soon, as her career grows from strength-to-strength.

Writing Career

It was in November, 2011, that Rachel Abbott, then fifty-nine, decided that she would go out on her own and publish her first novel ‘Only The Innocent’. Using Amazon as her platform she would, using her pen-name, go onto create her own marketing campaign for the book. Whilst the book sold slowly in its initial months, it was her hard-work on the campaign that helped it become the success it is today.

Gaining critical acclaim and commercial popularity in equal measure now, she has come to be regarded as one of the big success stories of the self-publishing industry. Reaching a worldwide audience on an international scale, she has managed to attract all varieties of readers globally. As her writing career is only just reaching its peak, it seems that there’s plenty more to come from her on the horizon.

Stranger Child

Originally published on the 24th of February, 2015, through the Black Dot Publishing Ltd label, this was the fourth book in the DCI Tom Douglas series. Continuing the franchise directly on from the first three, it picks up from where the story left off beforehand, providing a new case for the eponymous detective in the process. Recapturing the ambiance and the atmosphere from the previous books, it manages to take what made the originals work, whilst simultaneously offering something new in the process for readers.

When David first met Emma he was completely broken down by the grief of losing his wife in a car accident, only to then have his six-year-old daughter disappear from the scene as well. Helping him to overcome this Emma has allowed him to put the past behind him and move on, as they now, after six years, have their own baby son called Ollie. That’s when a stranger comes back into their lives and Emma finds herself asking questions about what really happened all those years ago and, with the help of DCI Tom Douglas, will work to uncover the startling truth. What secrets is David hiding? How did the events on that fateful night really happen? Where is the stranger child?

Nowhere Child

First published on the 14th of October, 2015, it was to be a standalone title from Rachel Abbott, as it was again brought out through the Black Dot Publishing Ltd label. Whilst the novella features many of the same characters as Stranger Child, it works as a subsidiary answering many of the unanswered questions from before. Going deeper into the text, it works to elaborate on the previous events, shedding lights into the many darker corners, giving it an even greater level of depth.

After Tasha runs away from home Emma, her stepmother, is keen to find her and give her the space she deserves to live in comfort and security. The police want to find her as well though, as DCI Tom Douglas returns with a team who are constantly on the lookout for her with her being witness in a trial, whilst she remains hidden, as nobody can find her. Then someone else turns up on the scene offering a reward for her locating and it seems now that they’re all up against the clock to find her before it’s too late. What sort of danger does she face? Why is there a reward? Where will they find the nowhere child?

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