The Sixth Window (DCI Tom Douglas – 6) by Rachel Abbott
THE TRUTH HURTS – BUT LIES ARE DEADLY
After eighteen months of grieving for her husband Bernie, killed in a horrific hit and run accident, Natalie Gray has found love with her husband’s best friend – Ed Cooper – and has moved herself and fifteen-year-old daughter, Scarlett, into his home. But Natalie begins to suspect Ed has a dark side – and even darker intentions.
Desperate to get her daughter to a place of safety, she and Scarlett move to a new home that holds secrets of its own. But has removing Scarlett from one potential threat placed her in far greater 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. But will he be too late to protect them from the peril they face, or from the truths that will tear their lives apart?
Praise for The Sixth Window
‘I am in awe of Rachel Abbott’s plotting! The Sixth Window is Abbott at her best’ Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner
‘The tension that built throughout this book simply blew me away’ Angela Marsons, author of Silent Scream
‘Masterly and compelling. I couldn’t put it down until its heart-stopping conclusion.’ Robert Bryndza author of The Girl in the Ice
I lived most of life in the north of England, and worked for many years as the managing director of an interactive media company. I wrote every day – everything from creative proposals to user manuals – but most exciting of all was writing interactive dramas – including for the Cluedo (Clue in the US) interactive games. I was fortunate enough to sell my company in 2000 and we moved to Italy where we bought and restored an old country house.
I have just released my seventh novel The Sixth Window and now share my time between our homes in Italy and Alderney in the Channel Islands, where I write full time.
Natalie Gray lost her husband, Bernie to a hit and run driver eighteen months prior. This has left her and her daughter Scarlett lost. She finds herself being comforted by Bernie’s friend and fellow police office, Ed. But Natalie finds something that has her questioning Ed and his intentions toward Scarlett. But Scarlett has no idea why the left Ed and she hates the new apartment, which she hears stuff her mother doesn’t and is irritated that she is treated like she is too young to be able to accept what is happening.
At the same time, Tom Douglas is investigating the suicide of a teenager. Her parents insist that she would never commit suicide but they didn’t know everything about their daughter. At the same time, there is more to her story and it looks like it may have something to do with Scarlett and her mother.
I loved this story. I was wondering what was happening the left guessing until the end. I never would have guessed what Bernie was involved in and a felt for Natalie and Scarlett. They were having a hard enough time trying to get on with their lives after he died. I loved Tom; he was a great detective and really drew me into the story.
I have not read other books in this series but I had no problem figuring out what was happening with this one. I loved The Sixth Window and will definitely be looking into catching up on this series from the very beginning.
I received The Sixth Window from Darcie Rowan PR for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.