Book Review: Only the Innocent

A truly un-putdownable, expertly crafted, crime thriller that combines sex, secrets, abuse and murder.

Only the Innocent

Rachel Abbott

HUGO Fletcher is a philanthropic national treasure, so when he is found dead, having apparently been murdered in a sexually motivated case, the police, his colleagues and family begin to unravel the dark, shocking and depraved world of a man who couldn’t have been further from his public image.

Only the Innocent sits, deservedly, at the top of the Amazon crime/thriller book chart and truly embodies the clich� of being un-putdownable.

Each chapter is expertly crafted, ending on increasingly enigmatic cliff-hangers.

Abbott constantly adds layers of suspicion and intrigue throughout, and just when you expect the pace to drop, a new explosive revelation, character or plot-twist is revealed.

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No matter how perceptively you read, there is no way of knowing who is telling the truth when and to whom and when they’re lying or playing along with a game you’re not yet aware of.

As a reader, you feel like a voyeur, intently listening in on hushed conversations to snatch vital information, or greedily reading through a personal letter with another character who knows as little as you do, in the hope of finally understanding who killed Hugo, why and who they were trying to protect.

In true Agatha Christie fashion, everyone is a suspect.

On top of trying to get to the bottom of a murder case, there is a more intriguing mystery in why the perpetrator had such a convoluted and secretive method.

Everyone involved certainly had a motive, but the depths of the deceased’s depravity and control suggest that a straightforward hit man job wouldn’t have sufficed.