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Crime / thriller Lynsey on the case stranger child by Racheal abbott

on March 4, 2015

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Crime / thriller Lynsey on the case
stranger child by Racheal abbott
One Dark Secret. One act of revenge.

When Emma Joseph met her husband David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident.

Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie.
Then a stranger walks into their lives, and their world tilts on its axis.
Emma’s life no longer feels secure. Does she know what really happened all those years ago? And why does she feel so frightened for herself and for her baby?

When a desperate Emma reaches out to her old friend DCI Tom Douglas for help, she puts all their lives in jeopardy. Before long, a web of deceit is revealed that shocks both Emma and Tom to the core.

They say you should never trust a stranger. Maybe they’re right.


I am a big fan of rachel’s books so to be given the chance to review Stranger Child is a complete honour.

Stranger child is a story about a child going missing after a crash which killed her mother.
Six years later david the father has remarried Emma and they have a child together ollie but one day Tasha turns up.

In Stranger child we mainly hear the story from Emma’s side but some chapters were told from Natasa’s side and i liked hearing Tasha’s side as it heighten up my suspicions.

At the start i thought Emma was a bit cold on the daughter but reflecting back if i was in that situation i would be exactly the same as natasha does come across creepy especially when she finds her standing over ollies cot and to make matters worst natasha is not a very vocal child and she is not saying anything about where she has been for the last six years.

No spoilers but halfway through the book my opinion of emma being cold and not very caring changes a lot as her actions at the end of the book she does for her love of Ollie and it shows how strong a mother’s love can be and what we would do to protect our loved ones. This is what makes rachels books brilliant because her characters feel so real and react like we would in a given situation.

Tom is working with Becky Robinson again and its nice to have this working relationship carry on from the previous books but its quite clear in this book that Tom has other things on his mind mainly he still has questions of his dead brothers personal life left unanswered.

In stranger child Tom comes into the scene in a perfectly wrapped up way and i liked how the connection occurred and i did not guess the connection was there and some events happen in this book that left me open mouthed with shock that i had to re-read again to make sure i had it right in my head. Once all the drama started and there is lots i didn’t want the book to end i was beyond addicted to the book at this point and my children had to fend for themselves for a few hours.
The only thing I wished was Natasha and emma had a more happy ending but i know its life and its not all sugar coated and this book shows that.

Stranger child is full of twists and turns and its brilliantly written there’s a lot of suspense and i personally feel that this is rachel’s best book yet.

I have bought, read and reviewed a lot more hyped up books already this year but stranger child is 100% better than these books the plot, the suspense, the characters just everything about this book is a perfect brilliant thriller. Its only February but this is one of my favourites read of the year and it will take alot to top this book as rachel never lets me down and stranger child is absolutely fabulous.

This review was originally published on my blog http://lynseysbooks.blogspot.co.uk/…/stranger-child-rachel-…

Thanks to AJ for the weekly Wednesday slot.
About the Author
Rachel Abbott was born and raised in Manchester, England, and trained as a systems analyst before launching her own interactive media company in the early 1980s. She sold her company in 2000 and in 2005 moved to the Le Marche region of Italy. She now divides her time between the home she shares with her husband in Italy and their home in Alderney, one of the Channel Islands where she is now writing her next book. Rachel Abbott’s first novel – Only the Innocent – became an international bestseller, reaching the number one position in the Amazon charts and staying there for over four weeks. The Back Road is her second novel.

Thank you lynsey another great review thanks for being part of my Aj book review team x
Thank all for reading


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