Eighteen months after Natalie Gray loses her husband, Bernie, in a horrific hit-and-run accident, she finds love with his best friend, Ed Cooper, and moves into his home with her teenage daughter, Scarlett. But she begins to suspect Ed has a dark side - and even darker intentions. Natalie must get her troubled child to a safer place, but when Scarlett starts to hear voices coming from the empty apartment next door it seems she has unwittingly moved them into the heart of danger.
DCI Tom Douglas is also chasing the truth. As his investigation into the suicide of a teenage girl draws him ever closer to Natalie and Scarlett, will he be too late to protect them from the threat they face or from the truths that will tear their lives apart?
©2017 Rachel Abbott (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
"Almost unbearably tense, with a killer twist." (Good Housekeeping)
A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin.
The Sixth Window is appropriately the sixth installment in the DCI Tom Douglas series and for me this series is simply getting better and better. Abbott is obviously far from the only writer producing these very human and grounded thrillers but she's an important author for me because she opened my eyes to them. I had always enjoyed more action-packed books but these offer something I find just as exciting in a more subtle fashion.
Once again without any great body count or extremely violent scenes Abbott has shown her craft in weaving personal relationships with serious crime. In the early parts of the book I did wonder if she had lost her touch a little, the story developing appeared a bit too obvious. But as the book progressed and new layers and twists were introduced I stopped guessing and just let those twists lead me where they would to an ending which I found very satisfying but which doesn't quite seem to finish the entire story. It actually feels set up in a way reminiscent of how Stranger Child paved the way for Nowhere Child. Time will tell on that one.
The narration from Rachel Atkins is spot on and I very much enjoyed her performance throughout.
To sum it up this is a story from a writer who is finely honing her craft and who is capable of engendering tension and excitement in her readers in a subtle and intelligent fashion. Using very contemporary themes that are made harrowing through emotion and commentary rather than gory description. Whether this really is the best in the series in all aspects may be questionable but I do believe that it's the one I have most enjoyed.
This is an excellent listen which has kept me hooked for the whole weekend. The characters are excellent to form opinions on and the story not over complicated but extremely good. I really enjoyed this and am already missing it now it's finished.
I do love the detective Tom and Beccy his side kick. Always a fascinating read. I read this overnight and in bed next day, with a sore neck, really was quite pleased I did not have to put it down. Cannot wait for the next one.
Mum of three. Lover of mysteries and thrillers, shoes, genealogy and walking.
Another brilliant listen from Rachel Abbott. Tense and nerve tingling and a complete page turner. Just loved it! I love how Rachel, unlike many other authors, always tied up all loose ends, answering all the questions that pop into my head as I go through the book. Love the way she so skilfully creates suspense and with this book it was right up until the final page! Brilliant read and highly recommended.
Overall I did enjoy this audiobook, however, I kept waiting for a twist that took ages to come, and then wasn't very exciting. The narration was as good as ever, and Rachel Abbot built the main characters well. I just didn't find myself staying awake in anticipation of what was going to happen.
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
Rachel Abbott never misses. This is yet another brilliant book from her. Intelligently written tale, richly drawn characters, full of tension and suspense, and all without the gratuitous gore so often used in crime fiction shock. The narration here is also first class.
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