Only The Innocent by Rachel Abbott. Read April 2014.

This is the first of Rachel Abbott’s books I’ve read and her writing made me think of her as Britain’s Karen Rose – There’s a complex plot, strong female characters, a theme of abuse and some breathtaking and horrific situations.
Much of the story is revealed in letters written by the main character, Laura, to her childhood best friend Imogen. The rest of the plot and action take place around the police investigation into the murder of Laura’s husband, Sir Hugo Fletcher.
I was sure I’d worked out what was going on quite early on, but there were twists and surprises I couldn’t have imagined, especially towards the end of the book. What I enjoyed most was the clever plot construction and the depth of detail in every part of the story.
I would recommend this book to psychological thriller fans, with the rider that some readers may find parts of it shocking and/or upsetting.



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