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The Sixth Window

DCI Tom Douglas
Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
Series: DCI Tom Douglas, Book 6
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,519 ratings)

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Summary

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

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"Almost unbearably tense, with a killer twist." ( Good Housekeeping)

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Abbott's Best Yet?

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.

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Enjoyable...

The Sixth Window is another good story from the DCI Tom Douglas series. Having listened to a few from Rachel Abbott, this lived up to the quality and engagement I expected.
A solid story, decent plot line and some interesting twists and turns.
Well narrated by Rachel Atkins.

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The Sixth Window

I was really disappointed with this novel for many reasons. One was that the central character of DCI Tom Douglas didn't seem to synchronise with Abbott's earlier books. The narration was far too quiet, the regional accents sounded false and the dialogue, stilted.

I obtained a refund on this particular purchase.

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  • Jo
  • 02-05-17

Brilliant

Really enjoyed this book as I did the previous ones in the series! My only criticism would be the narrator who although perfectly acceptable is not the same as the previous book and it's quite off putting hearing the same characters but with a different voice!!

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Loved it!

Loved the story, the characters, the pace and the narration. I've read all the books in this series and this book was right up there with the rest. Great book!

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Good story, bad narration

I enjoyed the story, kept me gripped & Tom Douglas is a likeable character. The narrator almost spoilt it for me. The voice is too slow and the 'male' voices not good. I also found the hysterical teenage voices really irritating. It helped for me to increase the speed to 1.25 level.

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  • dc
  • 16-10-17

I like Rachel Abbott but this is not her best

The narrator was fine but the story was not one of Rachel Abbott's best. I think most of the story was based on the female's character's actions because she saw something on her live in partner's computer but I don't think anybody would react the way she did and therefore it was a bit of downhill afterwards. This woman was very 'over-reactive' and this spoilt most of the story.

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love this series but ....

Rachel Abbott has great characters in DCI Tom Douglas and his side kick Becky. However, in this book I felt that their role could have been greater.

The teenage insecurity of Scarlett, and the twisting story of love, jealousy​ and deceptions of those close to her mother, Natalie sometimes became annoying.

Having said that, I enjoyed the vast majority of the story and will be buying the next installment as soon as it is published.

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Another Amazing Abbott Listen!

Would you listen to The Sixth Window again? Why?

No but that's because I think its tricky to re-read mysteries when you already know every twist and turn and not a reflection on my feelings towards the book because I loved it!! However, if you did listen to it again, there would definitely be another depth to it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I particularly like Becky after listening to her in all of Abbott's books. I think she is very believable and likeable and very well written.

Which character – as performed by Rachel Atkins – was your favourite?

She is an incredible narrator. Atkins can make any character seem realistic from a man to a teenage girl.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I finished it much too quickly as I do all Abbott's books. I definitely feel it could've and should've been much longer because I like Becky and Tom so much as characters I want to hear more about them and the stories are so cleverly written that I don't want them to end!

Any additional comments?

It seems Abbott can't write (and audible create) these book quickly enough for me! Already looking forward to Abbott's next book!

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One of my fav Authors, so pleased We have another.

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.

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  • Sara
  • 13-12-18

Wait for it... the story gets complex and great!

The Sixth Window by Rachel Abbott took a few chapters for me to get into. However, once we got into the meat of this audiobook it wasn’t read to me quickly enough! Abbott’s dark and complex storylines completely pull me in and do not let me go until the last word. Just like the last book in this series, it feels as if there’s two parallel storylines going on and you know, you just can feel it, that these storylines are going to eventually ram right into each other. They do… just when Miss Abbott gets to some major climax area they collide and the listener is left scratching their heads and scrambling around a bit to put all the pieces together.

The narrator, Rachel Atkins, was fantastic. There were several characters in The Sixth Window and the one narrator did an incredibly thorough job portraying each character with a personal feel to each of them. Atkins’ voice and tone are strong and very pleasant to listen to. She still had an enjoyable British accent but it isn’t as strong as most are. I really love British accents in all levels.

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  • Luccia Gray
  • 05-10-18

Another Brilliant Crime Thriller by Rachel Abbott

Another complex case for Tom and Becky to crack related to child / adolescent pornography. A disturbing, but not explicit, look at how young girls are lured, seduced and tricked by unscrupulous adults.
The audio version by Rachel Atkins really brought the story to life.

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  • Kerstin H
  • 18-08-18

VERY GOOD!

I live in the Bay Area and spend 3-4 hours every day in my car stuck in traffic . Listening to audio book helps and keeps me from falling asleep behind the wheel. Not a chance with this book and I could not stop listening!
The book is very good and I am definitely going to check out what else this author has written

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  • C
  • 19-01-18

Entertaining

Kept me guessing from start to finish. So many twists and turns , one minute I'm sure I know the bad guys and the next I'm doubting myself. Thoroughly enjoyable read and loved the narration too.

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  • Karen Ross
  • 31-07-17

One of my absolute favorites!

More, more, more from Rachel, please. Intricate story that winds and weaves a mystery unlike other audiobooks. One of my absolute favorites! Highly recommended. There were a few Audible technical difficulties, but as usual, Audible made it up to me. Kudos to thrilling author Rachel Abbott and excellent narrator Rachel Atkins. Thank you for an exciting journey. Twists and turns galore.

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  • Michgal1
  • 30-07-17

new author for me. so excited!!

A New girlfriend recommended this author so I took a chance. I absolutely loved it!! I will be adding more of her works to my audible listening. if you're the type of person that can be caught up in an amazing book and nothing else matters....this book is for you!!

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  • TexasJo
  • 16-10-19

Very good book

Really enjoyed this book in an ongoing series. I am glad they have an ending after each book but carry on the main characters.

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  • Kari Carr
  • 07-08-19

Well...

It was a great story… But a few more chapters with detail about Ed getting busted out for killing Bernie… And what exactly his role was would’ve been fabulous. Otherwise, loved it!

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  • Zeus B.
  • 03-02-19

Frustrating and sad

The main protagonist is someone you want to grab by the shoulders and shake. She’s weak and stupid. And the author spent way more time on the romantic story line of hero cop than anything.
The ending was pathetic and honestly, quite sad.
Don’t waste your time on this.

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  • barbara
  • 28-04-18

The Sixth Window<br />

Wow what an ending, story really good. I hope there is a follow up and it leaves you guessing. Narration was excellent. A definitel good read.