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The Shape of Lies

DCI Tom Douglas, Book 8
Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
Series: DCI Tom Douglas, Book 8
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,155 ratings)

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Summary

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. 

©2019 Rachel Abbott (P)2019 Audible, Ltd
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A bit ridiculous really

I didn’t enjoy this book due to far too many unbelievably stupid decisions made by a supposedly intelligent individual. However I did finish it - shook my head all the way to the end

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Awful

I love the DCI Tom series but this book.. it is ridiculous and the reasoning given throughout is laughable, I listened in its entirety as loved the books before but will be requesting a refund on this one. Please do not waste your time or money on this book. It genuinely is awful, such a shame. I would give zero stars if that were possible.

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Dark, Intense and Velvety Smooth!

It's been a while since I last read one of Rachel Abbott's books and certainly absence seems to have made the heart grow fonder! This is an excellent thriller, as usual you won't find a whole load of action here but there is a tense, well plotted story of considerable depth. Oddly for a detective thriller series most of this one is written from the victim's perspective rather than from the detective's. It's a clever and oblique approach which keeps consistency to link the books together while giving a fresh perspective to each one, The lead being new each time while Douglas himself and his team are all decent characters.

This story sees Anna, a successful primary school headteacher with a seemingly comfortable family life confronted by things from her past, and there's no prize for guessing that those things are more than unwelcome. The heat and tension rise as a man is discovered murdered in a local car park. As usual with Abbott not everything is as it seems and what unravels is a cleverly concocted mystery that twists and turns its way to a very fitting conclusion.

Lisa Coleman who has narrated several books previously in the series gives her usual classy performance at the microphone making this an audiobook that is extremely easy to recommend to those who like dark and twisty thrillers which manage to ratchet up the tension without much blood and gore. Abbott is a smooth operator who has owned her craft to a fine edge. And there is definitely a sting in this tale . . .

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Dreadful

I struggled through the first half hating every moment. Its a shame as I have enjoyed the books up till now. I was unsympathetic to Annas fate as it was completly self inflicted. I am jist sorry that I missed out on the underlying story of Tom Louisa and Lucy. as I could not bear to finish it. It might of helped if I had read the book instead of listening to an audio version. I found the narration simply added to my annoyance.

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Incredulous twists and turns

Unbelievable mishmash of a story. Too many ‘major’ characters, who may or not be discarded on a whim. Too many plots and sub-plots which never disguised the easily guessable killer. Far too much breast- beating, story lengthening, interludes. And the police were merely bystanders with everything handed to them on s plate, and the most difficult bit of detecting for the Inspector will Ben discovering his girlfriend is pregnant And (the final and) the ending was so Saturday morning kids film serial it was laughable........... yet unfortunately so predictable. I have tried to like the inspector, we never see him, he’s so well hidden behind the plethora of a myriad story lines.

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Plot relies on bad decisions

Good twisty plot, with revelations coming at regular intervals throughout the book so there's never a dull moment.

The downside is that the plot relies on the main character (Anna) making bad decisions, decisions that I can't relate to, and therefore I lost some empathy with the main character. (Hence only 4 stars.)

The story is told from Anna's perspective, with the police having a relatively small role in the plot. Anna is currently a Head School Teacher, pillar of respectability, but gradually we learn of her murky past, things that she was mixed up in at University and may still be mixed up in, and things she is keeping from her family.

Quite a drawn out ending after the main climax.

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Tom Douglas Is Back!!

Rachel Abbott has to be my favourite author of all time, I adore most books of this genre but there’s just something unique about Rachel’s work that leaves me begging for more! That said, this book was slightly disappointing in that it didn’t match up to the thrill of the other Tom Douglas novels, I’m not sure if it’s because Tom and Becky weren’t featured as much as in the other books or whether my addiction to Tom has grown to such a level that I need more to satisfy me?! It’s still a wonderfully written, intriguing plot line and a definite must for all Rachel Abbott’s fans but in the next, more of Tom please!!!

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Completely Bonkers But A Good Listen

The storyline is quite mad but it sets a good pace and Lisa Coleman reads it very well. It’s not the best plot ever and it wasn’t difficult to work out whodunnit, but it’s a good listen.

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weak

weak, far fetched story, really struggled with it.Narration was so dull, when she spoke of the character feeling elated no emotion came through in her voice, ever. not recommended

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Worth the wait

I pre-ordered this and have only just got around to listening to it. Some fool introduced me to the Rivers of London series and I got lost in fantasy for a while! Only just found my way back via some true crime 😊

If seemed too be a bit of a slow burner, so initially I didn't give out much of a chance. Then I started to listen on my new Kindle a few days ago and I was hooked. Listened in my lunch break, on my commute. If only I didn't need sleep I'd have finished sooner and found Anna's big secret!



[Spoiler]I do hope Rachel is busy penning the sequel after the revelation in the final chapter. That cannot go unresolved, surely? [/Spoiler]

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  • Bobbi
  • 24-06-19

An enjoyable story

If ever there were a cast of characters with so many secrets and hidden lies, there is in this book.I never came close to even guessing "who done it." If you enjoy mysteries, I highly recommend this book. The narrator also gave a great performance

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  • Betsy
  • 04-09-19

A thrilling story of a family smothered in secrets

Thoroughly enjoyed this thrilling story of a family which consists of a husband and wife, Anna and Dominic, who appear to be safe and secure in their relationship, who seem to be happy with their place in life with two wonderful children, a nice home, and an excellent career for the wife while the disabled husband remains at home. But are they. There are secrets, paralyzing secrets - secrets in the past, secrets in the present, secrets in the coming future. The story begins in the present when a phone call to a tell-all talk show by Anna's "dead" boyfriend, Scott, triggers a cascade of events which grow with intensity and fear and build to an incredible climax. As the story unfolds, we are thrust into the past with Anna and Scott with events when Anna was in college and afterwards, the results of which have carried forward into her marriage, her career, and everything and everyone she touches. This very talented author weaves the tale by taking us back and forth in Anna's life, while bringing in the psychology of the impact of secrets which tend to grow and grow until they consume entire lives. This is actually Book 8 in the Inspector Tom Douglas series, and he has a significant role when people involved in the secrets start being murdered. But this book is more like The Anna Series, Book 1. And what an ending......

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  • La güera fodonga
  • 17-07-19

It could have been great, but...

I had to struggle to finish it. Too many loose ends, no real connection with the characters, the heroine was moronic, and the ending? Nope.

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  • Karenique
  • 20-04-19

May I have a second serving, please?

“The Shape of Lies” is a suspenseful thriller by one of my favorite authors, Rachel Abbott, bringing back DCI Tom Douglas, a character I have come to admire in Abbott’s previous audiobooks. Without giving away any spoilers, let me just say, this is excellently narrated by Lisa Coleman. Twisty turns and surprises throughout. Just when I thought I had it all figured out (and I thought did), surprise, I was dead-wrong! Well worth a treasured credit. Very highly recommended. There just has to be another...

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  • Tamara Gillette
  • 13-06-19

Slow is areas, good ending!

I wasn't sure if I wanted to listen to this story or not, but I took a chance. I listened to it at work during data entry periods. I sometimes have a hard time with English readers because there are references to things we don't use in the U.S. In the end I was very happy I listened.

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  • Michaella M. Ortiz
  • 30-05-19

Always a twist!

One of my favorite authors . Every time I think I have it all figured out there’s a twist. Didn’t fail me again! Love the way she does plots. Also a great narration on the audio book!

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  • barbara
  • 20-05-19

The Shape of Lies

Wow, what an ending. This is a definite put on your list for a must read, enjoyed every single minute and will be definetely be reading more books of Rachel. The narration was excellent.

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  • Sheila Ali
  • 31-12-19

Great thriller

Very engrossing, engaging book. Loved every second of it. Totally unexpected since I don't remember listening to any of Rachel Abbott's book before, but I will look for more of her books.

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  • C-Mac
  • 20-07-19

lost me

It was just a little too long for me but the ending sure twisted up!

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  • Itzel Mora
  • 27-06-20

I have mixed feelings 😬

I love Rachel Abbott since the firsts book a read. This time I was really exited to read “The Shapes of Lies” but it didn’t surprise me. I was a little disappointed; however, she manage to save it! The Narrator performance is outstanding!