And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott #BookReview @ThePigeonHole @RachelAbbott @Wildfirebks

and so it begins

Author: Rachel Abbott

Genre: Crime Thriller

Format: Paperback 416 pages

Release Date:  8 August 2018 

Publisher: Wildfire

I would like to thank the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read along via The Pigeonhole. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with The Pigeonhole, the concept is you pick a book from the many they have on offer and then you read along with other readers in bite-sized instalments called staves. A stave is uploaded each day and the readers have the opportunity to highlight text and make comments and ask questions to the author. This was my third read using The Pigeonhole and I throughly enjoyed it and I am already currently reading another via this way. 



Cleo knows she should be happy for her brother Mark. He’s managed to find someone new after the sudden death of his first wife – but something about Evie just doesn’t feel right…

When Evie starts having accidents at home, her friends grow concerned. Could Mark be causing her injuries? Called out to their cliff-top house one night, Sergeant Stephanie King finds two bodies entangled on blood-drenched sheets.

Where does murder begin? When the knife is raised to strike, or before, at the first thought of violence? As the accused stands trial, the jury is forced to consider – is there ever a proper defence for murder?

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My Thoughts

Stephanie King is a police officer, she responds to a 999 call of a woman screaming for help, but when she arrives at the scene it transpires this is not the first time Stephanie has visited this particular house. 

We then jump to Evie, who wants to commission Mark North who is a photographer to take some photos, however, very early on you get an uneasy feeling that there is a far more sinister reason as to why Evie is so desperate to meet Mark and for him to like her. 

Cleo is Mark’s sister and seems to have a rather unhealthy obsession for trying to make her brother famous and successful in his photography. She has many memories which she desperately tries to keep repressed and there is definitely no love loss between Cleo and any of the women which Mark has his in life. 

This is one of those reads that very early on presents multiple possible theories which draw you into the story so you can start eliminating them one by one until you find out what actually happened. 

Both Evie and Mark come across as completely unreliable characters, I really couldn’t trust what they were saying or whether their motives were pure. I had mixed emotions about both of them throughout the book and couldn’t decide whether I was meant to be on their side or not. I really had no idea who was telling the truth or who was covering for who and kept changing my mind about certain aspects almost every chapter. 

It felt like every character in the book knows what’s going on but we as the readers are the only ones left in the dark. This was a brilliant writing style by the author as the tension it created throughout was pretty nail-biting!

All I can say is wow – what an ending. Right up to the final chapter I wasn’t entirely sure how everything fit together. I had various theories as I was reading and various suspicions but I was either proved incorrect or kept on the edge of my seat until the end to find out if I was right. 

This is a strong story surrounding domestic violence and abuse and readers should note this if these topics are triggers for them. 

About the Author

Rachel Abbott’s debut thriller, Only the Innocent, was an international bestseller, reaching the number one position in the Amazon charts both in the UK and US. This was followed by the number one bestselling novels The Back Road, Sleep Tight, Stranger Child, Nowhere Child (a short novel based on the characters from Stranger Child), Kill Me Again and The Sixth Window. Her most recent novel prior to And So It Begins, Come a Little Closer, was released in February 2018.

Rachel’s novels have now been translated into over 20 languages and her books have sold over 3 million copies in the English language. 

In 2015 Amazon celebrated the first five years of the Kindle in the UK, and announced that Rachel was the #1 bestselling independent author over the five-year period. She was also placed #14 in the chart of all authors. Stranger Child was the most borrowed novel for the Kindle in the first half of 2015.

Rachel splits her time between Alderney – a beautiful island off the coast of France – and the Le Marche region of Italy, where she is able to devote all her time to writing fiction. For more information, see Rachel’s website, or follow her on Twitter.

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