Rachel Abbott, a writer of psychological thrillers living on the island of Alderney, has a new thriller due out on 16th February, ‘No More Lies’, the 11th book in the bestselling DCI Tom Douglas series.
As a self-published, Rachel’s first ten novels (and one novella) in the DCI Tom Douglas series have combined to sell over four million copies. All have been bestsellers on Amazon’s Kindle store, and her books have been translated into over 20 languages.
In 2015, Rachel (pictured) was named the number one bestselling self-published author in the UK and the 14th bestselling author (both published and self-published) over the previous five years on Amazon’s Kindle in the UK.
In 2017, following a five-way auction, Rachel signed a two-book deal with Headline Publishing Group. The first book ‘And So It Begins’ was published in 2018 and features Sergeant Stephanie King. The second book in this series, ‘The Murder Game’ was released in April 2020. Books three and four in the series are to be published by Headline in late 2023 and 2024.
Rachel’s writing career began in 2009, when she decided to write a book about a woman facing a situation which gave her no option but to commit murder. In November 2011, she published the story ‘Only the Innocent’ on Amazon. It rose to number one in the charts and remained there for four weeks.
Rachel followed up ‘Only the Innocent’ with ‘The Back Road’, ‘Sleep Tight’, ‘Stranger Child’, ‘Kill Me Again’, ‘The Sixth Window’, ‘Come A Little Closer’, ‘The Shape of Lies’, ‘Right Behind You’ and ‘Close Your Eyes’. All the thrillers in this series focus on the victims and perpetrators of the crimes, and the complex relationships that exist between protagonist and antagonist. This series features Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas.
Rachel grew up near Manchester, England. She worked as a systems analyst, and then founded an interactive media company, developing software and websites for the education market. When she sold the company in 2000, she moved to Italy where she restored a 15th-century Italian monastery. For a time she and her husband operated the property as a venue for weddings and holidays. She now lives on the Channel Island of Alderney in a Victorian Fort where she spends her days writing in her office – a former gunpowder shelter.