- published 2013 by Thomas Mercer, Seattle
- ISBN 978-1477807750
- 467 pages
- author website: http://www.rachel-abbott.com/the-back-road/
- #2 in the DI Tom Douglas series
I am so pleased to have discovered Rachel Abbott. Like #1 in the DI Tom Douglas series, this has a complex plot. The hit/run accident to young Abbie Campbell triggers all sorts of seethings in a cauldron of close friends.
All the main cast are introduced to the readers at a party at Ellie and Max Saunders' house. Among the guests, mainly close friends, are their newest neighbour Tom Douglas, and Ellie's sister Leo, for whom Ellie's renovated house holds dreadful memories.
When the driver of the hit/run vehicle does not come forward, Tom is approached by Steve, the detective inspector in charge of the investigation, who asks him to keep his ear close to the ground. But almost everyone is holding something back, and Ellie is particularly close to the chase because she is the nurse looking after young Abbie at the local hospital. She is also being stalked and blackmailed.
A great read.
My rating: 4.9
I've also reviewed #1 in the series
4.8, ONLY THE INNOCENT