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When your life is a lie, who can you trust? When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced. But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young When your life is a lie, who can you trust? When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced. But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone, or why. And then she discovers she’s not the only one looking for him. When a woman who looks just like Maggie is brutally murdered and DCI Tom Douglas is brought in to investigate, Maggie realises how little she knows about Duncan’s past. Is he the man she loves? Who is he running from? She doesn’t have long to decide whether to trust him or betray him. Because one thing has been made clear to Maggie – another woman will die soon, and it might be her. Praise for Kill Me Again: 'This surpasses the previous novels; I was wowed by Kill Me Again on many different levels...' CleopatraLovesBooks “This one had me awake into the early hours….the twists and turns of the story absolutely gripped me – the pacing is relentless, the timing perfect – and at no point did I guess the unexpected and shocking conclusion. Edge-of-your-seat page turner certainly captures it for me. This was one of the best thrillers I’ve read in a while.” BeingAnneReading “What an incredibly thrilling read this was…An absolutely brilliant book which left me feeling completely exhausted with a twist right at the very end that I NEVER saw coming at all!” Kimthebookworm ‘Darkly complex…full of mystery, intrigue and well-paced action…It is exciting and engrossing and kept me up well past bedtime. I’ll be thinking about this story, and some of the issues it raises, for a long time. I believe it’s the author’s best book to date. Thoroughly recommended” Kath Middleton, Goodreads Praise for Rachel Abbott “Rachel Abbott will keep you guessing long into the night, and just as soon as you’ve figured it out…thing again!” Suspense Magazine “I was left speechless in the first chapter and couldn’t put it down for hours. Rachel is amazing at building tension and keeping you turning page after page” Crime Book Club “Absorbing, complex and brilliantly planned. 10/10.” Novelicious


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When your life is a lie, who can you trust? When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced. But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young When your life is a lie, who can you trust? When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced. But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone, or why. And then she discovers she’s not the only one looking for him. When a woman who looks just like Maggie is brutally murdered and DCI Tom Douglas is brought in to investigate, Maggie realises how little she knows about Duncan’s past. Is he the man she loves? Who is he running from? She doesn’t have long to decide whether to trust him or betray him. Because one thing has been made clear to Maggie – another woman will die soon, and it might be her. Praise for Kill Me Again: 'This surpasses the previous novels; I was wowed by Kill Me Again on many different levels...' CleopatraLovesBooks “This one had me awake into the early hours….the twists and turns of the story absolutely gripped me – the pacing is relentless, the timing perfect – and at no point did I guess the unexpected and shocking conclusion. Edge-of-your-seat page turner certainly captures it for me. This was one of the best thrillers I’ve read in a while.” BeingAnneReading “What an incredibly thrilling read this was…An absolutely brilliant book which left me feeling completely exhausted with a twist right at the very end that I NEVER saw coming at all!” Kimthebookworm ‘Darkly complex…full of mystery, intrigue and well-paced action…It is exciting and engrossing and kept me up well past bedtime. I’ll be thinking about this story, and some of the issues it raises, for a long time. I believe it’s the author’s best book to date. Thoroughly recommended” Kath Middleton, Goodreads Praise for Rachel Abbott “Rachel Abbott will keep you guessing long into the night, and just as soon as you’ve figured it out…thing again!” Suspense Magazine “I was left speechless in the first chapter and couldn’t put it down for hours. Rachel is amazing at building tension and keeping you turning page after page” Crime Book Club “Absorbing, complex and brilliantly planned. 10/10.” Novelicious

30 review for Kill Me Again

  1. 5 out of 5

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    **** 4 Fantasy Killing Stars **** Maggie's life was awesome until she comes home from work to find her husband is not home, leaving her 8 year old son to care for his 5 year old sister. This is not something that normally happens. Duncan doesn't leave his children for no reason. Thinking he had to run for a work emergency, Maggie is able to calm herself down until her son reveals that daddy is sorry and that there was a picture on his phone of a woman that looks like Maggie. Maggie begins to **** 4 Fantasy Killing Stars **** Maggie's life was awesome until she comes home from work to find her husband is not home, leaving her 8 year old son to care for his 5 year old sister. This is not something that normally happens. Duncan doesn't leave his children for no reason. Thinking he had to run for a work emergency, Maggie is able to calm herself down until her son reveals that daddy is sorry and that there was a picture on his phone of a woman that looks like Maggie. Maggie begins to think that her husband has left her for another woman. She doesn't understand what went wrong, they were happy. Their life was good, at least that is what she thought until the phone rings. "Your husband knows what he has to do. He has one more chance. Tell him, if he calls. It's his last chance." Maggie's life is about to be spun into a dark world of fantasy and mind twisting lies. Her fight isn't just to bring back her husband but also to protect her own and her children's lives. Maggie begins a journey into the past of the husband she loves and thought she knew. Only she finds that everything she thought was not as it seemed. Duncan's past and present collide and nothing will be as it was. The life he has created for himself is on the verge of shattering and he is holding on by thread and his lies and secrets are about to slice that thread into pieces. Maggie is able to track Duncan down and what she sees and is told will rock the foundation of their marriage beyond the point of repair. She looked at her husband: at the face she had loved: the features she knew so well: the man she barely knew it all. "I am sorry, Mags, there is no other way." The ending twist, well I must say, I had a feeling this person was involved some how, but I was not expecting the level of evil this person was. *********************************************************************************************** This book has twists, turns, loops and zig zags. Miss Abbott, you did one hell of a good job leading the reader into a maze of what is going on. I loved and felt bad for Duncan the entire time. Even when the truth came out, I still felt bad for the situation he put himself in. The weaving of all these characters was mind boggling but fit perfect together. I will definitely be reading more Rachel Abbott books!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kath Middleton

    In this thriller we once again meet Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas and his colleagues as they investigate a murder in which the corpse has been cut after death to leave a sign. It reminds him of an unsolved series of murders twelve years ago in which three girls who looked alike were targeted. A family is in turmoil because the husband has walked out – disappeared. And Tom’s ex-girlfriend’s also gone missing. She looks very much like the recently murdered girl. He doesn’t believe in coinc In this thriller we once again meet Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas and his colleagues as they investigate a murder in which the corpse has been cut after death to leave a sign. It reminds him of an unsolved series of murders twelve years ago in which three girls who looked alike were targeted. A family is in turmoil because the husband has walked out – disappeared. And Tom’s ex-girlfriend’s also gone missing. She looks very much like the recently murdered girl. He doesn’t believe in coincidence. This darkly complex thriller is more than just an action-packed detective story. We are drawn into the deepest fears of many of the characters, both good and bad, and this racks up the tension for the reader. We feel their terror, see their despair and know their hatred. The whole book is full of mystery, intrigue and well-paced action. It’s exciting and engrossing and kept me up well past bedtime. I’ll be thinking about this story, and some of the issues it raises, for a long time. I believe it’s the author’s best book to date. Thoroughly recommended. I received an advance review copy of this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I should stop reading books by Rachel Abbott. I'm clearly just not a fan. This book frustrated me soooo much. It felt like a low rent Gone Girl and the main character was so stupid it was painful to read. I should stop reading books by Rachel Abbott. I'm clearly just not a fan. This book frustrated me soooo much. It felt like a low rent Gone Girl and the main character was so stupid it was painful to read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hans

    This is another fast-paced thriller with Tom Douglas. Extremely well done again! Very suspenseful!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I’ve been buying Rachel’s Abbott’s books for my Kindle for a while now but I suspect like many people with overflowing bookshelves and heavy Kindles I hadn’t got round to reading any – until now. When I was asked to review Kill Me Again and invited to take part in the blog tour, it seemed the perfect opportunity to see what I was missing so I didn’t hesitate to say yes please. In Kill Me Again, women that look remarkably similar to each other are being murdered. In addition, there is also a mark I’ve been buying Rachel’s Abbott’s books for my Kindle for a while now but I suspect like many people with overflowing bookshelves and heavy Kindles I hadn’t got round to reading any – until now. When I was asked to review Kill Me Again and invited to take part in the blog tour, it seemed the perfect opportunity to see what I was missing so I didn’t hesitate to say yes please. In Kill Me Again, women that look remarkably similar to each other are being murdered. In addition, there is also a marking on the bodies, very similar to marks found on murder victims 12 years previously. This aspect was never made public and it’s up to DCI Tom Douglas to decide whether there is a link to the unsolved crimes of 12 years before or it is just coincidence? Events become even more complicated and personal when someone close to him goes missing. In common with his colleague, DI Becky Robinson, I have to admit to developing a bit of a book crush on Tom Douglas and as I believe he appears in previous stories, I am looking forward to reading more. As well as the crime element there is also something of a moral issue with this story. When solicitor Maggie Taylor discovers things about her husband Duncan which makes her wonder whether she ever really knew him, she is faced with a dilemma. Does she go to police with the information or does she trust her husband? She has an unenviable decision to make and depending on her conclusion, could bring a whole lot of danger to her door. I felt a lot of sympathy for Maggie. She was trying to do the best for her two young children as well as her husband, whilst under the pressure of a new job. Not only was she trying to make a good impression with her new bosses but was given the task of defending a particularly odious and vile criminal that made even hardened police officers shudder. I was so engrossed by this story that I actually missed my stop on the train. This is very much a fast paced, edge of your seat suspenseful read with realistically drawn characters, all wrapped up with excellent writing and a wonderfully twisty and complex plot that slowly reveals more secrets and lies. I now want to find the time to read the other books by Rachel Abbott that I have waiting. Definitely recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    Another great one from Rachel Abbott, this lady really knows how to write great books. In this book Maggie and her family have relocated to Manchester for Maggie to commence a new job. The children and Maggie adapt quite well to the move but the same cannot be said about her husband Duncan. One night Maggie has only just left work to return home when she receives a call from her son to say that Daddy has left and gone out right in the middle of preparing their dinner. Then when Maggie tries to c Another great one from Rachel Abbott, this lady really knows how to write great books. In this book Maggie and her family have relocated to Manchester for Maggie to commence a new job. The children and Maggie adapt quite well to the move but the same cannot be said about her husband Duncan. One night Maggie has only just left work to return home when she receives a call from her son to say that Daddy has left and gone out right in the middle of preparing their dinner. Then when Maggie tries to call her husband to see why he has left the kids alone she then finds his phone has been disconnected. This all leads to a fantastic story and connects with the recent murders of several women who look like each other, Maggie included. Maggie soon finds out her husband is not who she thought he was and this is where we go on a wonderful journey of tension, suspense and pure excitement as we try to figure out what is going on. Great ending, just loved it, another that will stay with you to think about.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Robertson

    Kill Me Again is the fourth novel to feature DCI Tom Douglas and if you’ve never had a case of “fictional character crush” before, then you certainly will once you meet Tom Douglas! And be still my beating heart….. Tom is possibly back on the market! If you haven’t read any of Rachel’s books before I would always recommend starting with Only The Innocent where we are first introduced to Tom. But saying that, all of Rachel’s books work really well as standalone books. The storyline here is wonderf Kill Me Again is the fourth novel to feature DCI Tom Douglas and if you’ve never had a case of “fictional character crush” before, then you certainly will once you meet Tom Douglas! And be still my beating heart….. Tom is possibly back on the market! If you haven’t read any of Rachel’s books before I would always recommend starting with Only The Innocent where we are first introduced to Tom. But saying that, all of Rachel’s books work really well as standalone books. The storyline here is wonderfully clever and complex with twists and turns galore, some I guessed and others came as a rather big shock! Rachel Abbott has an intense and hypnotic writing style that grabs you from the start. Her characters are always ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances that test their moral compass. Maggie, the defence solicitor, ends up questioning everything she knows about her husband when he acts very out of character. Following his disappearance it becomes obvious that the dead women being discovered in unusual locations in Manchester are connected to Maggie in more than just looks. I love books set in and around Manchester and the unique and hidden settings described here were used to compliment the plot to great effect throughout. And although I loved the recurring characters of Tom and Becky, I have to say that I didn’t take to the character of Maggie as much as I thought I would! Sometimes I just wanted to shake some sense into her due to her incredible naivety and the risks she took with her children’s safety! I found her so frustrating but then I thought, who knows how they will react when faced with the prospect of having to protect their family?  I really enjoyed this latest case for Tom Douglas and still think he should be transferred to the small screen as these books would make brilliant tv viewing. And now that I’m all up to date I can finally start to get excited about The Sixth Window out later this month! Bring it on!

  8. 5 out of 5

    F.R.

    It really does seem that every city in the UK has one of these ‘cop hunts serial killer’ series attached to it. From Inverness to Portsmouth, there are fresh fictional serial killers appearing all the time, coming up with more and more fiendish ways to off their victims and leaving the poor cops – all of whom by now should be world-experts on the breed – baffled right until the denouement. Manchester obviously has more than one of these series (the streets of Manchester evidently being both rain It really does seem that every city in the UK has one of these ‘cop hunts serial killer’ series attached to it. From Inverness to Portsmouth, there are fresh fictional serial killers appearing all the time, coming up with more and more fiendish ways to off their victims and leaving the poor cops – all of whom by now should be world-experts on the breed – baffled right until the denouement. Manchester obviously has more than one of these series (the streets of Manchester evidently being both rainy and murdery), and – although I’m no expert – of the ones I’ve read I’d place this is middling to average. The plot is twisty and turny enough to keep the reader intrigued, but the prose is uninspired and the dialogue is sometimes ear-torturingly awful. Furthermore, even though the book bends over backwards trying to justify it, I couldn’t buy that a wife and mother whose having her life threatened and who’s kids are clearly in danger wouldn’t just go to the police. (Another bugbear, but this comes because I actually work in a vague way in the law. It stretches credibility that a criminal solicitor would be earning the kind of money this book claims she does. A corporate solicitor can be paid a shedload, a criminal solicitor – because it’s mainly legal aid work – less so. Please, please don’t use this book as career advice.) Bodies of young women have started being discovered at Manchester’s canals, there’s a sexy homicide cop who’s great at his job, and a lawyer who’s recently moved to Manchester and whose husband has suddenly disappeared It’s a thriller rather than a whodunit, so I guess that makes it okay that all the bad guys are easy to spot. Still I don’t think this is the kind of book that’s meant to be read with the brain fully engaged. (view spoiler)[The plot made little sense to me: If 12 years earlier Adam and Ben killed the woman who dumped Michael at a time when Michael had an alibi, and the quid pro quo on this was that Michael would then kill Ben’s step-mum when Ben had an alibi – once Michael disappeared, why didn’t Ben just get Adam to kill his step-mum? Surely that would still have given him an alibi too. Furthermore, why exactly didn’t Michael do it? The reason given turns out to be a lie, and as he proves later on, it’s not as if he isn’t a ruthless killer. (hide spoiler)] ‘Kill Me Again’ (I’m not actually sure how that title relates to the book) is a time waster to read on a long journey where any distractions won’t make you lose whatever thread there is; it’s a book just waiting its moment to be adapted for Sunday night ITV entertainment, where it will fit in quite nicely.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Dooley

    I've marked this as four stars but I'm giving it four and a half stars. I really enjoyed this read, a real page turner if ever there was one. An intriguing story of murder and deceit with some really well written characters. My only reservations with the novel were that the story got a bit too incredible to be believable and some plot lines were all a little too convenient with their timing to resolve an impending crisis. Also there were one or two reveals at the end that were blatantly obvious I've marked this as four stars but I'm giving it four and a half stars. I really enjoyed this read, a real page turner if ever there was one. An intriguing story of murder and deceit with some really well written characters. My only reservations with the novel were that the story got a bit too incredible to be believable and some plot lines were all a little too convenient with their timing to resolve an impending crisis. Also there were one or two reveals at the end that were blatantly obvious from maybe half way through the novel. It's to the authors credit then that I'm still giving this four and a half stars. Despite my reservations about certain aspects of it, as listed above, it's just a really good bloody read. I was totally engrossed for the whole read. A very clever story for the most part and an excellent cast of characters playing it out. I will no doubt seek out and read this authors other works as I had a blast reading this and would have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending it. Edit: got this from Amazon on a 30 day free trial on kindle unlimited and now realise that most of Rachel's other novels are part of the unlimited package too. Have approx 18 days left on the trial so have chosen one of here shorter novels(I'm a slow reader) Sleep Tight to read next. Hopefully finish before my trial ends.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Norrie

    Swoon! Kill Me Again is exactly the sort of story I’m looking for when I have cravings for an entertaining detective story. It has everything: family drama, secrets, lies, devious suspects, revengey stuff, and competent police officers who work around the clock to catch the killer. So, please don’t mind me while I wax lyrical about DCI Tom Douglas, but I can’t help it. He’s one of my favourite detectives, an all around lovely dude who is not only a diligent detective, but a decent human being I fi Swoon! Kill Me Again is exactly the sort of story I’m looking for when I have cravings for an entertaining detective story. It has everything: family drama, secrets, lies, devious suspects, revengey stuff, and competent police officers who work around the clock to catch the killer. So, please don’t mind me while I wax lyrical about DCI Tom Douglas, but I can’t help it. He’s one of my favourite detectives, an all around lovely dude who is not only a diligent detective, but a decent human being I find very inspiring. The fact that he’s not real is almost beside the point. I’m pretty sure there are many people like him, and they deserve our attention. DCI Douglas and his partner in crime-hunt, Becky, have a pretty gruesome case on their hand. Women who look alike keep turning up dead, and the killer’s modus operandi bears a striking resemblance to a case Tom worked on twelve years ago. The clock is ticking, and people in possession of crucial information are too afraid to come forward. When Tom’s ex goes missing, it becomes all too personal for him. Becky is the perfect partner for Tom. She’s young and enthusiastic and her occasional recklessness is perfectly balanced by DCI Douglas’ careful and methodical approach. She swoons about him every now and then, but so what? Who wouldn’t? Even I do! I absolutely loved how Rachel Abbott kept dropping little hints from the beginning, and the mix of fast paced action scenes and all the delicious drama was crafted into a captivating, thoroughly addictive story with loveable detectives and a fascinating tangle of lies and deception.5 P.S. Someone please, please make a TV series of these books with Gerald Butler as DCI Douglas. Thank you.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Fenton

    his might be my favourite so far in the DCI Tom Douglas series and if you follow my reviews you know that I need to read my books in order so I would highly recommend you start with book 1 (list below) if you haven't had the pleasure of reading any Rachel Abbott books yet, however if you are suffering from FOMO and can't wait - I would say that all her books in this series can be read as standalone. In Kill Me Again we have two series of murders, twelve years apart and remarkably similar and the his might be my favourite so far in the DCI Tom Douglas series and if you follow my reviews you know that I need to read my books in order so I would highly recommend you start with book 1 (list below) if you haven't had the pleasure of reading any Rachel Abbott books yet, however if you are suffering from FOMO and can't wait - I would say that all her books in this series can be read as standalone. In Kill Me Again we have two series of murders, twelve years apart and remarkably similar and the "dashing" DCI Douglas is on the hunt to track down and stop this ruthless killer especially as he failed twelve years ago to catch him.  I loved the alternating stories featuring a younger Tom Douglas which allowed the reader to dig deeper into his past and background.  This is a well written police procedural which has some fascinating characters.  Highly recommended if you like your books full of twists, turns, secrets and shocks and will keep you guessing throughout.  

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rick Bentley

    It almost killed me to finish it and I'm honestly shocked at how many 5 star reviews this novel has received. I hadn't read any Rachel Abbott books before and selected it as a Kindle First book after reading the many positive reviews. I found the writing style very basic and tedious and the decision making by the majority of the characters can only be described as absolutely ludicrous and laughable. The author also has an annoying habit of giving clues as to the direction of the story and the 'w It almost killed me to finish it and I'm honestly shocked at how many 5 star reviews this novel has received. I hadn't read any Rachel Abbott books before and selected it as a Kindle First book after reading the many positive reviews. I found the writing style very basic and tedious and the decision making by the majority of the characters can only be described as absolutely ludicrous and laughable. The author also has an annoying habit of giving clues as to the direction of the story and the 'who-done-it' and then re-emphasising the point or giving a further clue in case you didn't get it the first time. There was absolutely no character development in terms of the perpetrators and so I was left wondering what had lead them down the path of their misdemeanours and this lessened the credibility of their actions. I'm sorry but if you're serious about finding a good crime novel or thriller then seek out Colin Harrison, David Mark or Michael Connolly and give this book a wide berth.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Setting: Manchester, UK. In this latest instalment of the crime series featuring DCI Tom Douglas, Tom is thrown back to a series of unsolved murders of two young women and the attempted murder of a third from 15 years before when, despite his best efforts, the perpetrator was never caught. Now, two more women have been found murdered, with similar marks cut into their legs as in the previous investigation and again resembling each other - worse still, Tom's ex-girlfriend, who also resembles the Setting: Manchester, UK. In this latest instalment of the crime series featuring DCI Tom Douglas, Tom is thrown back to a series of unsolved murders of two young women and the attempted murder of a third from 15 years before when, despite his best efforts, the perpetrator was never caught. Now, two more women have been found murdered, with similar marks cut into their legs as in the previous investigation and again resembling each other - worse still, Tom's ex-girlfriend, who also resembles the victims, has gone missing. Also in the present day, defence lawyer Maggie Taylor, recently moved to Manchester, phones home on her way back from work to find her plumber husband Duncan has inexplicably gone out, leaving their two young children alone. Maggie is unable to contact Duncan and then begins to receive threatening phone calls and messages, telling her that her husband must honour his commitment and warning her not to involve the police.... This is another real edge-of-your-seat thriller in this series, with unexpected twists and turns as stunning to the characters as to the reader. Yet again great characters set against the grim background of the derelict areas of post-industrial Manchester, fast-paced action and plenty of twists and turns keep you guessing right to the ultimate shocking ending. Definitely 5 stars for this one - 9.5/10.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dee-Cee It's all about the books

    Having previously read all the books in this series I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book, sadly though this was me just getting round to reading it but wow it’s another cracker. DCI Tom Douglas is back again in the fifth in the series from Rachel Abbott, I have a major soft spot for Tom. He’s such a fab character. Two series of murders, twelve years apart, Tom Douglas see’s the similarities and with ex girlfriend Leo missing and looking like the first victim, Maggie a defence lawyer who’s Having previously read all the books in this series I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book, sadly though this was me just getting round to reading it but wow it’s another cracker. DCI Tom Douglas is back again in the fifth in the series from Rachel Abbott, I have a major soft spot for Tom. He’s such a fab character. Two series of murders, twelve years apart, Tom Douglas see’s the similarities and with ex girlfriend Leo missing and looking like the first victim, Maggie a defence lawyer who’s husband is missing who also looks like Leo and the first victim, Tom and Di Becky Robinson have a race against time to unravel the past and the present and find out what the heck is going on and who is involved. Rachel Abbott has a way of writing a story that you can’t put down. Each book has been a page turner and I’ve found myself reading into the small hours. This book is full of twists and turns, it’s action packed and tells a complex story. The characters are all well formed and intriguing and you can’t help feeling mixed up in the plot. Kill me Again left me breathless and wondering if the people we think we know really are what we believe? I highly recommend Kill Me Again and this could be read as a stand alone book but its a great series and I think you would benefit reading them all in order.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Peter Sharpe

    I have just given up at the half way mark. Look, it hard some very clever descriptive passages that are genuinely creepy. But the main character Maggie is incredibly frustrating. It is stretching belief too far that a smart defence solicitor would not contact the police when 1. Her husband mysteriously disappears half way through cooking the children's dinner. 2. Her children are threatened by strange creepy villains. 3. Her own life is threatened on numerous occasions. 4. Local women are being murd I have just given up at the half way mark. Look, it hard some very clever descriptive passages that are genuinely creepy. But the main character Maggie is incredibly frustrating. It is stretching belief too far that a smart defence solicitor would not contact the police when 1. Her husband mysteriously disappears half way through cooking the children's dinner. 2. Her children are threatened by strange creepy villains. 3. Her own life is threatened on numerous occasions. 4. Local women are being murdered and they all look like Maggie. 5. She is new to Manchester, has no friends or support. I'm sorry but this is just not credible.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kate Berry

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While this one is just as good as all the others, I found myself wanting to slap Maggie Taylor pretty much the whole time. She holds off on going to the police for so long even though she's been getting threatening messages from people who know who she is and where she lives. Her kids could absolutely have been at risk. Then once she knows everything, she is still hesitant to turn in her husband. It is more than clear that he is a pathological liar from the second she finds him in a motel. She r While this one is just as good as all the others, I found myself wanting to slap Maggie Taylor pretty much the whole time. She holds off on going to the police for so long even though she's been getting threatening messages from people who know who she is and where she lives. Her kids could absolutely have been at risk. Then once she knows everything, she is still hesitant to turn in her husband. It is more than clear that he is a pathological liar from the second she finds him in a motel. She really should have turned him in then. Add all that to the fact that even after she sees that he is perfectly willing to kill Leo with no remorse, she still doesn't mention to the police that he was at the warehouse. And how did she not think it was suspicious to find out that Frank is the one who recommended her for a job right when she's questioning everything she knew in the past? I mean come on now! You've been getting creepy phone calls, use your head! Also, while I'm glad that Tom and Leo have broken up and that they seem to be fully broken up, I'm also glad that she didn't die and that she's going to try to get past her issues with her new bf. I'm a little concerned that Becky and Tom are going to get together, especially now that I really like her boyfriend. There's just been lots of hints that Becky is into Tom...I guess we will see in the next one. Plot summary: Twelve years ago, Michael Alexander is dumped by a girl and his therapist has him join a chat room where people fantasize about killing the objects of their rage. His therapist, calling himself Invictus, facilitates Michael and two others into a private chat where they discuss ways they could murder his ex girlfriend while he has a solid alibi. In return, he is supposed to kill the mother of one of the other boys. They choose two more victims to muddy the waters - all three look alike. One of them survives the attempt. Tom Douglas found him very suspicious, but his superior didn't agree and it was around the time that Tom's daughter was born, so he had to let it go. Tom suspects that he may not be Lucy's bio dad, but he lets that thought go. His DI Phillipa agrees with him and finds it very suspicious that Alexander fell off the grid as soon as the hunt for the killer died down, ostensibly to care for his mother, who actually died when he was 8. He changes his name to Duncan Taylor and marries a woman named Maggie who becomes a defense lawyer. They've been living in southern England where Duncan has been living a double life as a plummer and serial killer, drowning women who drink too much. They move to Manchester when Maggie gets hired by a new firm. Unbeknownst to her, that is where he is from and his old therapist is the one who recommended her - so that he could get Duncan back. His old killing buddies want revenge because he didn't get his inheritance because Duncan didn't kill his stepmother 12 years ago. They start killing women who look like Maggie and they abduct Leo Harris, intending to draw Duncan out. He takes off and leaves his kids alone before Maggie gets home. When Becky gets called to the scene of the first current dead body, she believes it is Leo. She had seen pictures and Tom had just gotten a call from Leo's brother in law, as Leo had not showed up to her niece's christening. Tom has gone to check on her and found her apartment empty. When Tom goes to the morgue to identify the body, he realizes it isn't her. However, the three horizontal cuts on the leg of the victim link it to the murders from 12 years ago. A friend of the woman, who turned out to be a nurse, Louisa, comes to identify her and help figure out who killed her. She knew that the victim was out on a date with a man she may have worked with. Louisa and Tom are interested in each other, but nothing comes of it yet. Maggie starts getting threatening phone calls and trying to figure out what happened to Duncan. He cleared out a cupboard that he always kept locked before he left and she's afraid it has to do with an affair, but once she sees the first dead woman on the news, she knows it's about that. Her son sees a white van following them and she calls to report this to a policeman she knows, but when he calls her back she doesn't want to tell him the whole story, having heard from Duncan (who asked her not to involve the police). Tom and Becky show up to interview her, but she doesn't tell them anything, although they know she's lying and that she's not telling them something about her husband. Her sister comes up to help with the kids and she figures out that he used to be called Michael and that at one point, he was in foster care. She and her sister track him down after he calls her asking her not to go to the police. The other killers send her a photo of the second victim, stating she's next. She confronts her husband, who confesses only that he "unwittingly" helped plan his ex girlfriend's murder, but that he took off because he was afraid of being implicated. She feels sick, knowing that he feels no guilt about the other women who were killed, but she still decides not to go to the police. The other killers abduct her and her son when she goes to pick him up from football. They end up letting her son go and he goes to the police. His description of the man and his knowledge of the original license plate of the van lead them to two men who were prior suspects. Becky's boyfriend's knowledge of the transit system (he works for transit police) help the narrow down where Leo and Maggie are being held. Maggie is taken to a warehouse where they have been keeping Leo and they show up with Duncan. They tell Duncan he has to kill one of them but Maggie had to choose, then give Maggie the option to decide to kill Duncan. Duncan tries to convince Maggie that Leo is already half dead anyway (her arm is infected since they sewed the restraints to her skin). The second guy involved shows up to cause a problem with Ben and in the ensuing chaos, Maggie slips out, finding Tom right outside about to bust in with the police. They take down the other two killers, but Duncan slips out and tells Maggie not to mention him. She doesn't, but when Tom and Becky come to follow it up with her, they tell her all they have discovered about Duncan. Duncan comes back to get Maggie and tells her that they are going to fake his drowning death, as he can't swim. She ends up killing him first and then faking it and Becky is so convinced, she jumps in to save/apprehend Duncan, almost drowning in the process herself. Luckily, her bf Mark had followed her to the scene and between him and Tom, they resuscitate her. The police find Duncan's body a few days later. Tom and Leo make up, but only as friends - Leo is happy in her new relationship and Tom thinks they'll just backslide into their old roles. But he's happy for her. Becky tells Tom that Louisa (who has been helping care for Leo) assumes that she is his girlfriend, but that she is definitely into him. Tom teases her about Mark. Frank/Invictus calls Maggie, telling her she has now joined the club and implying that he has been manipulating his patients into becoming killers all along, including her husband and one of the criminals she has been defending.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kashmira Majumdar

    A more stupid heroine has never walked. I don't know how she functions, she's a walking advertisement for the evils of lobotomy. And I'm not talking about how her judgment is impaired from the fact that she's just discovered her husband has a shady past and is on the run from some highly effective and nicely menacing (albeit dumbass) villains. At one point, she point blank tells a borderline acquaintance where her husband is hiding (and where he was previously hiding). Ten pages later, when she A more stupid heroine has never walked. I don't know how she functions, she's a walking advertisement for the evils of lobotomy. And I'm not talking about how her judgment is impaired from the fact that she's just discovered her husband has a shady past and is on the run from some highly effective and nicely menacing (albeit dumbass) villains. At one point, she point blank tells a borderline acquaintance where her husband is hiding (and where he was previously hiding). Ten pages later, when she overhears the villains saying that her husband was handed to them on a silver platter, she thinks they're referring to some ancient incident and oh thank god her creepfart hubby is safe, thank god she didn't convince him to return to their home. Even after admitting to herself that he's a remorseless pathological liar. (The scene where this aspect of his personality is revealed is wonderful. Maggie comes across as a competent criminal defence lawyer for the first time; Duncan insisting that the mindbogglingly disturbing things he did—evil by omission—were a "mistake", that they were perpetrated by a version of himself totally dissociated from present day Duncan, that he couldn't tell Maggie ever because he was afraid she wouldn't love him. I had hearts in my eyes from this utterly pitiless evisceration of the situation.) The book goes downhill before and after this scene. This whole book is a downhill slope with a little bump in the middle for this solitary amazing scene. There were a couple of other things were quite nice. Maggie's children are A++. Josh is so weirdly mature that it's less cute and more like the author didn't want a realistic child being inconvenient and useless in a situation fraught with danger. By contrast, his sister Lily is a delight. She just wants to watch Frozen ALL THE TIME, talk at the top of her voice, and get terrified and raise false alarms. Where is she when the chips are down and Maggie needs her children to be obedient or else they will all die? NOWHERE. Only mini-adult!Josh gets to feature at times like these. He is instrumental in ensuring that help arrives at the nick of time, by behaving calmly and logically. I can only imagine the mayhem and confusion and fabrications that would result if a kid like Lily was in his situation, but we can't have nice things, can we? Speaking of villains, asdfghjkl. I cannot. Ohhh, Sam. The very first recounting of his first murder made me tumble into love. The way he manipulates a painfully naïve girl, the mounting dread the canny reader feels throughout, the WHAM LINE with which the chapter ends ("He didn't stutter once,") all of it is just LOADS OF KEYSMASHING. His stalking of Maggie and her family was so oily in the most skin-crawling way, I loved it. Let me be honest: these were very fucking stupid villains (Maggie was able to locate her missing husband through his vehicle registration and the knowledge that he was holed up closed to home; the villains didn't even think to start their search there OR follow her movements. Or rather, they routinely stalked her except the one time it would have ended the plot too early.) BUT despite their dumbassery, they were very proactive and I applaud that. They were also inconsistently characterised. Despite repeatedly being told their urbane manners distinguish them from typical "Manchester thugs", their methods swing from crude strangulation or messy throat-cutting to I'm-a-special-Villain-Sue-kind-of-sadist who sews a woman's arm to her bindings as punishment for trying to escape. Why must you toy with my heart, Sam. For the most part, the pace and plotting was excellently done, especially the murder victim flashbacks and Maggie's constant state of fear. The grand climactic face-off in the mill was also A++ because Sam and Duncan are the gifts that keep on giving. (I deduct brownie points for the armour-piercing speech Maggie gives Sam to save her and innocent bystanders' lives. It was too cookie cutter, sans impact, and didn't seem like realistic dialogue. Compare and contrast: the terribly nuanced and heartbreakingly desperate speech she gives Sam to convince him to spare her son's life. THAT sounded like a lawyer and all-round tough cookie talking.) Alas, this book is loath to give anyone too much of a good thing because it introduces, at the thirteenth hour, a brand new spree of serial killings. And it's presented 100% as "Maggie suddenly remembered that all these things had happened and she'd known all along, even though she didn't have so much of a reaction when the killer's MO was mentioned ten pages ago." I admit I was very apprehensive about getting into this book because it was one of those new age detective series where there is continuity/consequences from installment to installment (unlike Agatha Christie or Nancy Drew). Thankfully, this being the fifth in order didn't make it difficult to follow the plot, which was all over the place but stuck to characters introduced in this book only. I may not have gotten to know much about Tom Douglas, the series namer, but my initial impression is "flatter than cardboard". Especially where his ex, Leo, is concerned. The main internal conflict here is "OH HEY TOM I CAN'T TRUST YOU," and Tom moping about this after the break-up like this is something he can fix for her. Leo does "fix" the problem by having a random and unrealistic epiphany after a second break-up over the same thing. She literally just ups and decides to have more colour and enthusiasm in her life, YAY. And then bad things happen, so the epiphany is put on hold, and the whole thing was told to us via a cold turkey summary of her recent past. I love the smell of character development in the morning. Tl;dr: I absolutely don't understand why so many people are raving about the tediousness that is this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leona

    This author just keeps getting better and better. Kill Me Again was fantastic and had me enthralled right from the first chapter.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I don't know what others think are the characteristics of a great thriller. For me it's a book that you just can't set aside - to eat, to do housework, to sleep... This one had me awake into the early hours, only setting it aside when my eyes became too gritty to continue, only to pick it up and read to its conclusion as soon as I woke the next morning. It's really quite a story. Two series of murders, twelve years apart, with the same characteristics - with DCI Tom Douglas and DI Becky Robinson I don't know what others think are the characteristics of a great thriller. For me it's a book that you just can't set aside - to eat, to do housework, to sleep... This one had me awake into the early hours, only setting it aside when my eyes became too gritty to continue, only to pick it up and read to its conclusion as soon as I woke the next morning. It's really quite a story. Two series of murders, twelve years apart, with the same characteristics - with DCI Tom Douglas and DI Becky Robinson trying to uncover the truth, racing against time, with the added complication that Tom's girlfriend Leo is missing, and looks remarkably like the first girl found murdered. Then there's Maggie Robinson, a defence lawyer recently arrived in Manchester, wrestling with the defence of a criminal who repels her - and whose husband suddenly disappears, leaving her children unattended. And that's just for starters. Then the menacing phone calls start, and Maggie realises that she really doesn't know her husband at all... The plotting in Kill Me Again is really complex, but her writing draws you in effortlessly, and keeps you turning the pages - there's the multiple murder storyline past and present, the issue of Leo's disappearance and its impact on Tom, and the twists and turns of Maggie's story as she uncovers layer after layer of secrets. The characters are excellent. I remember Tom from reading The Back Road a while ago - I liked him very much then, and even more now. Becky is an endearing sidekick, astute, intelligent, hardworking, and there's enough detail about her personal life that I really got to know and like her. Maggie is wonderful, you feel her fear and confusion, sometimes her anger, as you follow her discoveries step-by-step and wonder if you'd make the same choices if you faced a similar situation. Subsidiary characters are really well drawn too - with a particular commendation for Maggie's eight year old son Josh, one of the most real and convincing children I've come across in a while. And the setting - much of it a part of Manchester that I know quite well (I once worked there) - was vividly drawn, real in its detail. The twists and turns of the story absolutely gripped me - the pace is relentless, the timing perfect - and at no point did I second guess the unexpected and shocking conclusion.

  20. 5 out of 5

    The Book Review Café

    Kill Me Again has been on my TBR pile for a while now, and despite Rachel Abbott being one of my favourite authors I just couldn’t find a slot to fit it in to my schedule. Well I’m glad to say I’ve finally read Kill Me Again, and Rachel Abbott certainly hit the mark in this compelling crime thriller. In this book we meet up with one of my all time favourite detectives Tom Douglas, he’s not your usual stereotype detective for a crime thriller as he’s sensible, smart and level-headed, you won’t se Kill Me Again has been on my TBR pile for a while now, and despite Rachel Abbott being one of my favourite authors I just couldn’t find a slot to fit it in to my schedule. Well I’m glad to say I’ve finally read Kill Me Again, and Rachel Abbott certainly hit the mark in this compelling crime thriller. In this book we meet up with one of my all time favourite detectives Tom Douglas, he’s not your usual stereotype detective for a crime thriller as he’s sensible, smart and level-headed, you won’t see Tom break rules, or go all “gung ho” on a case. I like the fact that Tom is credible and a very likeable character, as we learn more of his background story in Kill Me Again, I found this made him all the more intriguing. Maggie Taylor was another intriguing but complex character, we are introduced to her when her husband Duncan goes missing, she has to make some very difficult choices throughout Kill Me Again, and I’m not sure I would have made the same ones if I were in her situation, at times I felt sorry for her, and at other times I just wanted to shake her and tell her “to get a grip”! This is what I find with Rachel Abbott’s writing she is able to create multi dimensional characters which draw the reader in, and then adds a plot with twist and turns galore, which keep you reading late into the night. As the plot progresses it looks like the recent murders are connected to previous crimes twelve years ago, the pace picks up momentum and the tension mounts. Kill Me Again is Delivered in Short concise chapters that are guaranteed to keep the reader wanting “just one more chapter”. The plot has multiple strands, so many in fact it began to feel like spaghetti junction! But Rachel Abbott managed to tie them all together effortlessly, into a riveting “edge of your seat” read. In my opinion Rachel Abbott goes from strength to strength Kill Me Again had all the ingredients I could wish for in a crime thriller, I found it well crafted and it certainly delivered on tension, suspense and intrigue. When Rachel’s next book is released it will be going to the top of my TBR pile that’s for sure. My thanks to Ceri Chaudry and Rachel Abbott for my copy of Kill Me Again in exchange for an honest review. First published to my blog http://thebookreviewcafe.com

  21. 5 out of 5

    Babus Ahmed

    This complex psychological/crime thriller starts when Maggie Taylor a criminal defence lawyer moves to Manchester following a great job offer. Her husband, Duncan s less sure of the move but as she is the main breadwinner of the family he relocates with her and their two young children. However, one evening Maggie finds her husband gone, leaving her children alone in the house. Little does she know that this will prove to be a nightmare that will change everything for her family forever. This is This complex psychological/crime thriller starts when Maggie Taylor a criminal defence lawyer moves to Manchester following a great job offer. Her husband, Duncan s less sure of the move but as she is the main breadwinner of the family he relocates with her and their two young children. However, one evening Maggie finds her husband gone, leaving her children alone in the house. Little does she know that this will prove to be a nightmare that will change everything for her family forever. This isn't the first Rachel Abbot thriller I have read but I must say this is probably the most chilling psychological thriller I have read from this author. As the past twelve years previously is incorporated into this dark tale, I was gripped until the very end of this thriller. Dark, complex and unrelenting in its tortured path this book will keep you up at night and remain with you long after you have read the last page.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Roche

    I have read all of Rachel's books and with "Kill Me Again" I think she has excelled herself. I loved meeting DCI Tom again. He feels like an old friend. The story revolves around two murders, one that took place 12 years ago and one that happened in te present. it sounds as if it might be complicated to follow but Rachel's writing makes it easy. As usual Rachel uses her skills as an author to build up the tension. There were a few times when I was holding my breath wondering what was going to happe I have read all of Rachel's books and with "Kill Me Again" I think she has excelled herself. I loved meeting DCI Tom again. He feels like an old friend. The story revolves around two murders, one that took place 12 years ago and one that happened in te present. it sounds as if it might be complicated to follow but Rachel's writing makes it easy. As usual Rachel uses her skills as an author to build up the tension. There were a few times when I was holding my breath wondering what was going to happen next. This, to me, is a perfect example of what a psychological thriller should be. I recommend everyone to read this immediately.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I’ll admit it. I am completely hopeless when it comes to reading books in order. I try (by and large) to do it with series, but very often fail. I’m not averse to starting on a later book and going back to find out what I missed. I sort of did that with the DCI Tom Douglas books by Rachel Abbott, starting with The Back Road, going back to read, Only The Innocent and then Sleep Tight. I recently read (and loved) The Sixth Window, so I thought it only fitting that I went back to fill in the gaps. I’ll admit it. I am completely hopeless when it comes to reading books in order. I try (by and large) to do it with series, but very often fail. I’m not averse to starting on a later book and going back to find out what I missed. I sort of did that with the DCI Tom Douglas books by Rachel Abbott, starting with The Back Road, going back to read, Only The Innocent and then Sleep Tight. I recently read (and loved) The Sixth Window, so I thought it only fitting that I went back to fill in the gaps. Only I read the wrong one first (oopsie). But it’s okay because, 1 – it made some sense of a few comments in The Sixth Window and 2 – it’s fluffing fabulous. I started this book off by listening to the audio book and finished it reading the book. I do enjoy a good audio book and the quality of the narration on this series is very good. However, it is a slower ‘reading’ experience and quite an investment of time and I was desperate to know how this book was going to play out so, as my driving time was for once at a premium, I grabbed for the kindle instead. There is such power in these pages, such a sense of dread, not only from the position Maggie finds herself in and the threat to her own family, but also surrounding a cold case that DCI Douglas was unable to solve which seems to have come back to haunt him in the most personal of ways. Examining both moral and ethical dilemmas for solicitor Maggie as she is drawn further into her husband’s secret past, this book oozes tension. There are so many times when I felt wrong footed by the action, the facts as they were uncovered both shocking and telling. There is one particularly gruesome scene in which one of the potential victims is punished for trying to escape that really made me wince. It wasn’t necessarily gratuitous in description but it still felt brutal none-the-less and if you have even a small phobia of needles, you may want to skip that scene entirely. As always, the characterisations within the book is spot on. I love the characters of Tom and Becky and the relationship between them is brilliant, perhaps one of the best Detective duos I have read. Tom is put in an impossible situation in this investigation with the suspicion that the case is becoming altogether too personal. I could really feel for Maggie and the position she was in, but also felt incredibly frustrated that someone with her experience in criminal law would allow herself to be manipulated to easily and would turn away from everything she knew was right for her husband. Rachel Abbott is very skilled at using pace and setting to direct action. Set in Manchester, the older, derelict parts of the city were used to great effect to depict the desperation and isolation of one of the killer’s potential victims. Even the sense that she was hidden in plain sight added to the tension and the feeling of despair. And she always uses the ebbs and flows of a police investigation to great effect, ramping up pace when the story allows, yet in the quieter moments creating such menace using the simplest of methods, that you are often left on the edge of your seat. The ending was pitched perfectly as Tom and the team sought to try and prevent one final murder and bring the reign of terror to an end. And the way in which Maggie comes to terms with her husbands past… Well let’s just say he got his just deserts of sorts. And there is still an underlying threat; one thread not quite resolved, so whether or not justice has been served or not is up to the reader to decide. A very creeping and unnerving 4.5 stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Originally reviewed for Bookaholic Confessions Maggie Taylor is a happily married defence lawyer with two wonderful children. The family have recently moved to Manchester for Maggie’s job, and they seem to be settling in just fine. Or at least they were until Maggie returns home from work one night to discover that her husband, Duncan, has upped and left, leaving their two young children alone. With no explanation and no way of Maggie getting in touch with Duncan, she is even more alarmed when he Originally reviewed for Bookaholic Confessions Maggie Taylor is a happily married defence lawyer with two wonderful children. The family have recently moved to Manchester for Maggie’s job, and they seem to be settling in just fine. Or at least they were until Maggie returns home from work one night to discover that her husband, Duncan, has upped and left, leaving their two young children alone. With no explanation and no way of Maggie getting in touch with Duncan, she is even more alarmed when her son reveals he has seen a picture of a woman on his father’s phone. Perhaps innocent enough in itself, things take a more sinister turn when Maggie sees this woman on the news. Not only does she look exactly like Maggie but she has just been found murdered… We join an old favourite of mine, DCI Tom Douglas, as he sets to work on the case. However, it’s not long before the murders are multiplying and they also seem to be mirroring murders from an unsolved case from 12 years ago. Then when a close friend and former girlfriend of Tom’s appears to go missing the pressure is really on to catch the culprit behind these murders before it’s too late. Suddenly, Maggie isn’t the only one who is keen to track Duncan down… After thoroughly enjoying two of Rachel’s previous novels, I was overjoyed and extremely excited about reading her latest offering, Kill Me Again, and in certainly didn’t disappoint. I was captured right from the off and this story completely refused to let me go until I had discovered the truth for myself. When we first meet Maggie and learn of Duncan’s vanishing act I was enthralled. I just HAD to know what was going on. Where had he gone? Why would a loving husband and father suddenly up sticks and leave his two young children at home on their own without leaving any explanation? This in itself was enough to hook me onto the story, but when his son Josh revealed what he had seen on his dad’s phone I was shocked, compelled and even more desperate to know what was going on. I was chuffed when I learnt that DCI Tom Douglas was going to be investigating this case. He is gradually becoming a firm favourite of mine; he’s sensible, level-headed, smart and he also sounds rather handsome which always helps… I admire his commitment to the cases he works on and I love the interaction between him and his colleagues, particularly DI Becky Robinson. Becky is in a happy relationship, but I get the impression that she has a teeny bit of a crush on Tom, which makes their working relationship all the more fun to read about. It’s quite a light hearted take on things too because you know that nothing is going to happen between them; they are just really good friends and work really well together. Maggie was also a brilliant central character. I really felt for the dilemma that she was in; particularly when she started to feel that she should speak to the police about Duncan’s disappearance, but at the same time she doesn’t want to cause him any trouble if he has been up to no good. It’s an awful decision to have to make – does she put the safety of herself and her children before her love and commitment to her husband? As a reader you can’t help but put yourself in Maggie’s shoes. Rachel Abbott is such a talented writer; crafting an intriguing plot-line which will keep you reading into the late hours in a bid to discover what’s going to happen and creating fascinating characters who have so much depth to them. Kill Me Again was fast, super-tense novel which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout… This is now the third book of Rachel’s I have read and it certainly won’t be the last. I can’t wait to sample here earlier work and she has now secured a place on my list of favourite thriller writers.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    lies from the past come back to bite this family

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cleopatra Pullen

    In Kill Me Again we first witness a woman opening the door to two figures, their faces covered by Chinese masks and speaking with surprisingly refined accents. We don’t know who the woman and this is a chilling opening and intimates that the crimes that are going to be revealed are scary on a whole different level! Next we meet Maggie Taylor, a defence lawyer, new to the firm and Manchester and being the chosen one to speak to a man she believes ‘is the devil himself.’ Maggie’s ambition to work w In Kill Me Again we first witness a woman opening the door to two figures, their faces covered by Chinese masks and speaking with surprisingly refined accents. We don’t know who the woman and this is a chilling opening and intimates that the crimes that are going to be revealed are scary on a whole different level! Next we meet Maggie Taylor, a defence lawyer, new to the firm and Manchester and being the chosen one to speak to a man she believes ‘is the devil himself.’ Maggie’s ambition to work with more complex criminal cases has got off to a tough start, after all she’s there to figure out the best defence possible for Alf Horton. Already spooked when she is driving back home she receives a call from her son, her husband has left eight-year old Josh and five-year old Lily alone in their secluded vicarage. Duncan it seems had received a message and just walked out, where he has gone and why, is a complete mystery. Over the next few days Maggie is forced to contemplate just how much she knows about her husband. We don’t have too long to wait until we are back with the police and a corpse has been found and the victim looks like Tom’s ex-girlfriend Leo, DI Becky Robinson doesn’t know what to do but decides that involving their boss Detective Superintendent Philippa Stanley is her only option. As all this is going on we also have some excerpts which appear to relate to crimes committed some twelve years ago, crimes that Tom was investigating on and yet remained unsolved. As in her previous books the crimes are complex, the story-lines interesting and appealing. Not only is there a puzzle to be solved, a murderer to be found but as the storyline unfolds there is also plenty to ponder on obviously the motives of the perpetrator and in this instance how easy it can be to become a victim of lies whilst appearing to be the least likely person to be taken in by an out-and-out liar. Kill Me Again explores the psychology of psychopaths and sociopaths, it poses some good old-fashioned moral dilemmas and allowed me to play the game of ‘what would I do?’ Yet it does all this without once dropping a thread in the at times seemingly disparate threads, slowly weaving the tale together all the while ramping up the tension and giving a more than a few heart-stopping moments with some furious action. I’ve given all this authors books five stars, they are my favourite kind of read with plenty to think about, and believe me that doesn’t stop when you’ve turned the last page, but this surpasses the previous novels, I was wowed by Kill Me Again on many different levels and the fact that I got one small piece of the puzzle figured just made me feel like perhaps I wouldn’t make a completely rubbish detective after all! I have to say a huge thank you to Rachel Abbott who provided me with the advance review copy of this book to read, believe me you could do much better than pick up a copy of this book which will be published on 17 February 2016.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tulay

    British police procedures. Like reading books written in British English, learned many new words. Investigations and police procedures are very different, but they have good cameras all over to make their jobs little easier. Can't believe someone to be married to a person ten years and didn't even know anything about his past. This story has many twists, parts was hard to read. Educated person like Maggie isn't a likeable character. British police procedures. Like reading books written in British English, learned many new words. Investigations and police procedures are very different, but they have good cameras all over to make their jobs little easier. Can't believe someone to be married to a person ten years and didn't even know anything about his past. This story has many twists, parts was hard to read. Educated person like Maggie isn't a likeable character.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laura Jayne Murray

    Brilliant Loved this book too a while getting into it but got there with plenty of twists and turns that make u want to keep reading

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    I couldn't finish this book. I kept trying. I finally gave up and put it down at about 60% finished. It just never held my interest. I couldn't finish this book. I kept trying. I finally gave up and put it down at about 60% finished. It just never held my interest.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rashmi Pant

    Loved the book. It is a perfect mystery/thriller where you keep guessing what might happen next. well thought out and intelligent.. makes me want to read all of the author's works. Loved the book. It is a perfect mystery/thriller where you keep guessing what might happen next. well thought out and intelligent.. makes me want to read all of the author's works.

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