Only the Innocent

Only the Innocent Every moment of Sir Hugo Fletcher s life has been chronicled in the British press his privileged upbringing his high profile charity work to end human trafficking even his two marriages But when the
  • Title: Only the Innocent
  • Author: Rachel Abbott
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  • Only the Innocent
    Every moment of Sir Hugo Fletcher s life has been chronicled in the British press his privileged upbringing, his high profile charity work to end human trafficking even his two marriages But when the billionaire philanthropist is discovered murdered in his London home, tied naked to a bed, the scandal is only a shadow of the darkness lurking off camera.Laura Fletcher retEvery moment of Sir Hugo Fletcher s life has been chronicled in the British press his privileged upbringing, his high profile charity work to end human trafficking even his two marriages But when the billionaire philanthropist is discovered murdered in his London home, tied naked to a bed, the scandal is only a shadow of the darkness lurking off camera.Laura Fletcher returns from an Italian vacation to find her husband dead and her home under siege by paparazzi Is she shocked Yes But is she distraught Not exactly Especially when Chief Inspector Tom Douglas reveals his suspicions that Hugo s killer is female Laura always knew she wasn t the only woman in Hugo s life And she knows she wasn t the only one with a motive to kill.The deeper Douglas digs, the sordid details about Hugo Fletcher he uncovers And yet nothing compares to the secret Laura guards, a secret that could bring the guilty to justice or destroy an innocent life forever.
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  • Rachel Abbott

    I was born and brought up in the north of England, and worked for many years as the managing director of an interactive media company I wrote every day everything from creative proposals to user manuals but most exciting of all was writing interactive dramas including for the Cluedo Clue in the US interactive games I was fortunate enough to sell my company in 2000 and we moved to Italy where we bought and restored an old country house.I have published six full length novels and one novella, and my seventh Come a Little Closer is due for release in 2018 I now live on the beautiful island of Alderney in the Channel Islands, where I write full time Find out on my website.

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  • Onvan Only the Innocent DCI Tom Douglas, 1 Nevisande Rachel Abbott ISBN 1611097843 ISBN13 9781611097849 Dar 459 Safhe Saal e Chap 2011


  • I have had a number of Rachel Abbott s books sitting on my shelf for some time Why I hadn t read them I don t know because I love English murder mysteries and this one was a cracker Although I had the who and how figured out reasonably early on, there was enough going on to keep me interested very interested You really have to wonder about some families.Hugo Fletcher is wealthy and charming His good works freeing and rehabilitating Eastern European prostitutes is well known When his dead body is [...]


  • Very disappointed in this book A strong opening chapter that draws attention, however the rest of the book is just boring The main character has such a weak, pathetic voice that is barely distinguishable to that of her ex sister in law.Also, the poor attempt of trying to weave the background of the characters into the story through unsent letters is entirely unimaginative and boring, not to mention forced The author has not seemed to have mastered the fundamental rule of showing, not telling the [...]


  • It all ended up being a bit predictable and drawn out Could have been at least 50 pages shorter seemed to go around in circles towards the end I liked DCI Tom Douglas Did not really care about any of the other characters zero romance so if you are looking for that, you will have to look somewhere else.Bad guy was a total psycho Female lead was a bit of doormat and very naive I may continue the series As I said, I did like Tom.


  • The blurb that accompanied Only the Innocent raised questions about women who commit apparently perfect, cold blooded murder so I was primed for a story about a psychopath The fact that this psychopath was going to be a woman merely added a touch of spice to my expectations While the book did not disappoint me in the slightest, it did not turn out to be anything like what I was expecting.The last thing I want to do is to spoil this story for anyone so all I will say is that a woman did plan and [...]


  • Parts of the telling of this story were just brilliant other parts not so much There is a murder, a rather bizarre murder, and it was clear to me early on who did it But the why of it, which was dribbled out in tantalizing bits, kept me glued Plus the introduction of several new characters, all of them interesting, added to the complexity and the suspense This is definitely a family I was happy to read about but which I would never want to actually know.The detectives were well portrayed, both i [...]


  • Absolutely awful Absurd storyline, utterly unlike able characters and poorly written, how many times can you refer to their smile being insincere The letters between the 2 friends were ridiculous, no one write to a friend in that way I got this book based on the 5 star reviews it s received, I really can not understand who would ever rate this book highly, rubbish


  • I cannot believe how many people have highly rated this tediously written book I quite enjoyed Back Road and so decided to read Only the Innocent a total disappointment The tragic thing is she has wasted an opportunity to really explore issues that are very prevalent in today s society those of human trafficking, child sex abuse and prostitution It almost seemed trivialised I am sure that was not Rachel Abbbots objective but really Rachel if you want to write about these topics at least do them [...]


  • I can see by the majority of reviews I am in the minority with this one and I m sorry but if it was meant to be a murder mystery I m afraid the mystery was depleted by its glaring predictability I read this book on a kindle and found myself willing the percentage line at the bottom of the screen to move faster The only emotion this stirred in me was when Laura, the main character, puts up with so much sick and disgusting behaviour, from her husband that I really wanted to punch her myself Sorry [...]


  • I read Sleep Tight first apparently the third one in this series quite by chance and was totally engrossed in it Realising I had bought Only the Innocent some time ago and, for some unknown reason had overlooked it, I started reading it with relish as I had so enjoyed Sleep Tight I also wanted to know about the background of the wonderful and gorgeous, DCI Tom Douglas who I really like, and his sergeant, Becky Robinson.I have to say I struggled with this one, sadly I just felt like it was going [...]


  • I was really disappointed with this after reading such glowing reviews The character interactions were rote, the verbiage was stilted and the contents of the letters verged on ridiculous Who would write to a friend or even in their diary in those terms and phrasing It would have been appropriate to have set this in the 1700 s, it would have made the central characters a bit believable Bad romance trying to pass as a mystery.



  • I expected great things of a novel which reached the top of the Kindle charts To some extent, Only the Innocent delivers The murder plot is intriguing and its twists and turns are intelligently crafted Rachel Abbott s writing is fluent and easy to read and the moral dilemma which lies at the heart of the novel is one to which any reader can relate.That said, I have a few issues with it The lead characters aren t sufficiently multi dimensional The murdered man, Sir Hugo, is so unremittingly revol [...]


  • Hugo Fletcher, a pillar of society, loved by the public and famous for his charity works is found murdered Tom Douglas, convinced that the murderer is a woman, is on the case This creates the basis for the story, and wow what a story it was My favourite thing about this novel was the storytelling Ms Abbott gives you information in small doses whilst all the time filling out the personalities of her characters until you understand their actions and reasoning What appears on the surface is not wha [...]


  • Rachel Abbott has written an incredible story with many layers of mystery The tale of a young successful woman who captures the eye of a well known philanthropist and suddenly finds herself awaiting her wedding day with understandable anticipation This cultured gentleman insists on handling all of the details for the ceremony and reception, which invites early disapproval from Laura s mother Seeing this as a step up in class, Laura struggles to accept her new husband s polite insistence on contr [...]


  • Rachel Abbott s Only the Innocent was one of the big independently published hits of 2012, and I was intrigued to finally read it The cover and blurb promise an edgy thriller, and there s no doubt that all those elements are there sex, abuse, murder Nevertheless, the book still has a lot in common with a cozy mystery, as the detective work revolves around the drawing room of an old manor house but no, it wasn t Colonel Mustard with the knife in the kitchen, the end was much darker than that Only [...]


  • This book starts as a whodunnit Who killed Hugo Fletcher But as you continue to read, you really don t care At least I didn t What this book is really about is the why The buildup of why someone would kill this man What comes next is an introduction in to what I can say is the most disgusting, revolting, depressing anger filled marriages I ve ever encountered I literally found myself angry for a good portion of this book I will not elaborate any further but I marvel at how I actually completed t [...]


  • Hintergangen startet u erst spannend, denn wir werden Zeuge davon, wie der gut betuchte Hugo Fletcher umgebracht wird Seine Leiche wird nackt und angebunden an sein Bett gefunden, was sogleich die Frage aufwirft, ob Sex bei diesem Mord eine Rolle spielen k nnte Seine Ehefrau Laura scheidet jedoch als Tatverd chtige aus, denn sie war au er Landes Was hat sich hier also abgespielt Der Mord wird unter anderem von Chief Inspector Tom Douglas untersucht Dieser nimmt das gesamte Umfeld von Hugo unter [...]


  • I wish I would have discovered this author sooner because this was one of the very best books ever I cannot wait to get to number two in the series.


  • A couple of years ago, I listened to The Back Road by Rachel Abbott and really enjoyed it Then I discovered that The Back Road was actually the second book featuring DCI Tom Douglas Only The Innocent is the first If I had started with this one, I don t think I would have bothered with the second At the heart of it, Only The Innocent has a really promising story of prostitution, human trafficking, sexual and domestic abuse to tell, but the execution was disappointing Part of the story is told thr [...]


  • I ve had this book on my kindle for nearly 6 years I ve heard great things of this author, so started this bookG the storyline is compelling and knowing it goes on behind closed doors still Who killed Hugo Fletcher What has the prostitutes got to do with his murder All will be revealed in Only The Innocent.


  • Sir Hugo Fletcher is found murdered in his home and tied to the bed in such a way that it is obvious to the police that sex games were involved which leaves them convinced that the perpetrator of the crime must be a woman Sir Hugo was very controlling in his relationships, particularly within his marriage to Lady Fletcher As the book develops we begin to see what a dangerous and destructive character Sir Hugo really was I felt the book started really well but as it went on I found there was an o [...]


  • This didn t work for me Too many POVs, and done in such a way that you get a lot of internal narrative at a cost to showing I think if it had been limited to one or two of the main protagonists, it would have worked better, and I wouldn t have got so irritated at the constant shifting Like a couple of the other reviewers, I really didn t like the way that letters were used to tell the back story the way the letters were written, apart from anything else, made it clear they weren t really letters [...]


  • I really enjoyed listening to this one It was dark without being too graphic considering the piece of shit they were dealing with and was well written from the unusual angles of the past being in the form of letters to her friend detailing the awful life she was living and the present, as it happened from both the POV of the major crimes detective leading the case and the wifeof said piece of shit.Nicely narrated too, once I d revved it up to 1.4 on Audible Looking forward to in the series.


  • So this is my third Rachel Abbott novel yes, I know I ve read them out of order Not sure how or why that happened, I think it started with borrowing one on my Kindle and not realizing it was part of a series Anyway I enjoyed that first read and decided to try others, so here I am, starting at the beginning in hopes of completing the series I can say that this will not be my favorite in the series, but this one certainly doesn t lack appeal What it does lack however, is consistency With Tom Dougl [...]



  • Rachel abbott is a talented writer who brings a lot of great tools to the table She does a magnificent job of setting the scene, and providing beautiful prose for descriptions Her attention to detail is to be admired This isn t my normal type of read, but my wife read this and loved it, so I thought I d give it a try Rachel s characters are well painted with a good amount of depth A few times I questioned whether one or the other would really act that way, but that is a subjective opinion, and, [...]


  • I marked this down a couple of stars One for the mistakes I happened across and one because I seemed to get bogged down with the story midway through it and found it difficult to pick it up again I bought both the author s books while they were on offer as both stories appealed to me This one is about the murder of Hugo, a high flyer who s a big philanthropist and has a lot of pals in high places However, he isn t a popular bloke, there are any number of female suspects that could have done him [...]


  • Sir Hugo Fletcher is found murdered in his home, tied to the bed in such a way that the police are convinced that the perpetrator of the crime must be a woman Sir Hugo s charity work made him famous for rescuing eastern european girls from prostitution and prociding somewhere for them to go but what of his private life This begins to be revealed to us through a series of letters his second wife Laura wrote to her childhood best friend Imogen The public figure and the private man don t match up D [...]


  • Recommended for anyone who likes their crime fiction as far removed from reality as possible.This book contains possibly the most unprofessionsal, incompetent police force I ve ever encountered outside of a comedy By the end of the book, they hadn t even discovered anything that wouldn t be available on the first page of the average Google search Interviews with suspects were allowed to be interrupted by colleagues for no good reason, or because yet another family member of the bereaved had burs [...]


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