I’m so happy to be hosting on the blog tour for Rachel Abbott’s new release, The Sixth Window. Last year I had the pleasure of welcoming Rachel Abbott to Jera’s Jamboree with a Q&A and I know you enjoyed finding out more about the characters and scenes in Kill Me Again.
Today I’m sharing Rachel’s letter to her younger writer self, the chance for you to read the prologue and wait until you see the book trailer!
First though, I want to share information about The Sixth Window:
The perfect man… or a perfect stranger?
After eighteen months of grieving for her husband Bernie, killed in a horrific hit and run accident, Natalie Grey has found love with her husband’s best friend – Ed Cooper – and has moved herself and fifteen year old daughter, Scarlett, into his home. But Natalie begins to suspect Ed has a dark side – and even darker intentions.
Desperate to get her daughter to a place of safety, she and Scarlett move to a new home that holds secrets of its own. But has removing Scarlett from one potential threat placed her in far greater danger?
DCI Tom Douglas is also chasing the truth, as his investigation into the suicide of a teenage girl draws him ever closer to Natalie and Scarlett. But will he be too late to protect them from the peril they face, or from the truths that will tear their lives apart?
Praise for The Sixth Window :
‘I am in awe of Rachel Abbott’s plotting! The Sixth Window is Abbott at her best, with pageturning twists to the very end. Recommend it to your best friend and your book group – you will want to discuss it with everyone you know.’ – Elizabeth Haynes
‘Abbott continues to be an outstanding force in the world of thriller writing and The Sixth Window is no exception. Pacy, suspenseful and cleverly constructed, it is a gripping page-turner of a read, filled with astute observations on human nature. I loved it!’ – LJ Ross
‘Rachel Abbott once again confirms she’s the Queen of twisted suspense with another taut thriller that will keep you up long after lights out. Her characterization is as adept as her plotting and you’ll find yourself mistrusting everyone and questioning everything before the killer twist at the end spectacularly turns everything on its head! Abbott is at the top of her game with The Sixth Window – it’s cracking five-star read.’ – Michelle Davis
*Don’t miss the chance to read the prologue*
So you think that at some time in the future you might want to write a novel, do you? I suppose you, like most people, think you have a book in you? Well you may well be right, but there’s a lot to think about before you reach that point.
At your age – a mere twenty-one years old – you probably feel that nothing will ever change. The fun you are having now feels like it will go on forever. Let’s hope the joy continues, but one way or another as a person you will evolve – become something different – and as a would-be writer you need to embrace each unique phase of your life and learn from it.
Few people’s lives are predictable, and nearly everybody suffers sorrow and disappointment in some period of their lives. I don’t expect you’ll be any different. But if at some time in your future you want to craft stories that will make your readers’ hearts beat faster, you’re going to have to experience the good and bad in life, and learn about people – what makes them tick – what makes you tick. How does it feel to be afraid? What are the physical symptoms? If you’re going to write about it, you’re going to have to be able to describe it, because it’s not enough to say ‘she was afraid.’ Your readers want to know exactly how she is feeling – about the prickling sensation on the skin, the shortness of breath. So pay attention!
And something else you’re going to have to learn is the importance of hard work, because let’s face it – you’re a bit of a lazy cow right now, aren’t you? Just because you’ll be working on your own it doesn’t mean you can sleep the day away. You’re going to need some discipline, and learn that it isn’t really necessary to go out every night of the week.
At the moment you are full of energy when it comes to doing stuff that you enjoy – you can organise a party for any number of people at the drop of a hat. But there are going to be things that you hate to do too, such as keeping accounts, and you’ll have to motivate yourself to do all manner of things other than the fun bits.
However, if you do decide at some point in your future to take the plunge and write that first book, put your heart and soul into it. Because if you succeed and it becomes your life, it’s without a doubt the best job in the world.
With love always
What would you write to your younger self?
Take a look at the book trailer. How does it make you feel?
About the Author
Rachel Abbott is the 14th bestselling author of the last five years on Amazon’s Kindle, joining a list of some of the best known authors of this century, including Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn, and Lee Child. Since her debut novel, Only the Innocent, rocketed to the top of Waterstones’ ebook chart and the Amazon charts in the UK and US, every single one of Abbott’s books have been bestsellers. Stranger Child – the UK’s bestselling self-published ebook in 2015 – has sold 300,000 copies worldwide, picked up over 1,000 five star reviews, and been named one of Amazon’s Top Ten Books of the Year.
Rachel Abbott, who was born and raised in Manchester, founded her own interactive media company in the 1980s, before selling it and retiring in 2005. She then moved to Italy where she worked on the renovation of a 15th century Italian monastery, and it was here that, one day, she found herself snowed in and decided to begin writing for pleasure. This became her debut novel Only The Innocent, which she went on to publish via Kindle Direct Publishing, topping their chart for 4 weeks. Rachel Abbott has since written The Back Road, Sleep Tight, Stranger Child, novella Nowhere Child and Kill Me Again.
She splits her time between Alderney in the Channel Islands and Italy.
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