REVIEW OF ‘THE SIXTH WINDOW’ BY RACHEL ABBOTT

5 STARS *****

Published by Black Dot Publishing Ltd on 21st February 2017

THE BLURB . . .

The perfect man… or a perfect stranger? 

After eighteen months of grieving for her husband Bernie, killed in a horrific hit and run accident, Natalie Grey 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?

*****

MY REVIEW . . .

Rachel Abbott’s thrillers come with a sort of unspoken guarantee that they’ll give a really great read and I can confirm that ‘The Sixth Window’ is no exception. It was a twisty, menacing read that I really enjoyed and didn’t want to end!

All the characters are well developed and believable with DCI Tom Douglas being of particular interest. The exploration of the mother-daughter relationship between Natalie and Scarlett was fascinating and felt authentic.

The plot was complex and shocking at times, revealing a dark underbelly of life that most of us would rather not think about. However, the storyline raises very important issues that need to be talked about.

Overall, this is a pacy, gritty and unpredictable read that kept me guessing. Abbott skilfully steered the narrative to a tense and satisfying ending that had me fearful of what might happen to the characters . . . Scarlett in particular. Highly recommended!