And So It Begins
So this is how it ends. It is clear to me now: one of us has to die.Mark and Evie had a whirlwind romance. Evie brought Mark back to life after the sudden death of his first wife. Cleo, Mark's sister, knows she should be happy for him. But Cleo doesn't trust Evie...When Evie starts having accidents at home, her friends grow concerned. Could Mark be causing her injuries? Called out to their cliff-top house one night, Sergeant Stephanie King finds two bodies entangled on blood-drenched sheets.Where does murder begin? When the knife is raised to strike, or before, at the first thought of violence? As Evie stands trial, the jury is forced to consider - is there ever a proper defence for murder? And So It Begins is a darkly compulsive psychological thriller with all the hallmarks of a Rachel Abbott bestseller - a provocative dilemma, richly-layered mystery, knife-edge tension, and brilliant characterization.Praise for Rachel Abbott:'A properly addictive, leave-the-light-on thriller' Red Magazine'Masterly and compelling. I couldn't put it down until its heart-stopping conclusion' Robert Bryndza 'Unbearably tense, with a killer twist' Good Housekeeping

And So It Begins Details

TitleAnd So It Begins
Author
ReleaseNov 15th, 2018
PublisherWildfire
ISBN-139781472254894
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Crime, Fiction

And So It Begins Review

  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    Welp, here we go....This book somehow managed to include every single element that can ruin a good thriller.The characters. It's not that they were poorly developed, it's that they weren't developed at all. And all of them were unlikeable. The only positive is the unreliability of the main player, Evie. But even that was ruined because her less than truthful narration of the events was so obvious it completely negated everything I love about unreliable narrators. Second, the completely irrelevan Welp, here we go....This book somehow managed to include every single element that can ruin a good thriller.The characters. It's not that they were poorly developed, it's that they weren't developed at all. And all of them were unlikeable. The only positive is the unreliability of the main player, Evie. But even that was ruined because her less than truthful narration of the events was so obvious it completely negated everything I love about unreliable narrators. Second, the completely irrelevant romance between the detectives Gus and Stephanie. Jeezaloo can writers please stop with this nonsense? Entire chapters are devoted to these two and their tumultuous love affair. By the end my skimming had turned into skipping those chapters altogether.Next, the tired plot. I don't want to give anything away, although it'll be obvious pretty quickly to most readers, but it's a worn out premise at best.And finally, the not so big reveal. This is another one of those stories that ends with the bad guy (or woman) giving a dramatic and long-winded rendering to explain all of their actions since birth (ok that's a bit of an exaggeration but you get the point) to their victim in an attempt to wrap up all of the loose ends in one breath. Oh lort I really have a disdain for these types of endings. I am genuinely dumbfounded by all of the 4 and 5 star reviews for this one. By 25% into the story I found myself trying to make up one of those ridiculous and cheesy Lifetime movie titles for this book because that's exactly what I felt like I was reading.I decided on "Dead Brothers' Sisters Scorned".
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  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my giddy aunt! This is going to be big. Without doubt one of the best books of 2018. I'll eat my hat if this doesn't become a bestseller!Full review to come closer to publication date!
  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    And so it begins by Rachel Abbott was an excellent psychological thriller, full of lies, deception, murder and revenge.Evie is in a relationship with Mark and they have a baby girl. Mark's sister Cleo is jealous and wants Evie out of the picture. One evening the police are called to the family home and find Mark dead and Evie injured, did she murder him or was it self defence? Quite a few twists and turns in the story and an underlying feeling that everything was not quite as it seemed. I didn't And so it begins by Rachel Abbott was an excellent psychological thriller, full of lies, deception, murder and revenge.Evie is in a relationship with Mark and they have a baby girl. Mark's sister Cleo is jealous and wants Evie out of the picture. One evening the police are called to the family home and find Mark dead and Evie injured, did she murder him or was it self defence? Quite a few twists and turns in the story and an underlying feeling that everything was not quite as it seemed. I didn't predict the ending. I enjoyed this book it was wickedly good.I would like to thank NetGalley and Headline for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Mark and Evie have a whirlwind romance. Marks sister Cleo, knows she should be happy for him, but she doesn't trust Evie. Evie starts having accidents at home. Her friends are concerned for her. When Mark ends up in a pool of his own blood, Sargent Stephanie King is sent to investigate. Was it murder or a case of self defence?This story is divided into two parts. The first part is mostly Mark and Evie's domestic life and the second part is the courtroom drama. This book has multilayered storylin Mark and Evie have a whirlwind romance. Marks sister Cleo, knows she should be happy for him, but she doesn't trust Evie. Evie starts having accidents at home. Her friends are concerned for her. When Mark ends up in a pool of his own blood, Sargent Stephanie King is sent to investigate. Was it murder or a case of self defence?This story is divided into two parts. The first part is mostly Mark and Evie's domestic life and the second part is the courtroom drama. This book has multilayered storylines. An intense story that deals with revenge, lies and cover-ups. There are so many curve balls thrown at you in this storyline that they will keep you guessing. The characters are well described with a few having complex personalities. Cleo is not a likeable character but I did really like Stephanie King, a character I'd like to see grow in future books. The book has a satisfying ending but it did shock me as I did not quite see that coming. A real good psychological suspense thriller.I would like to thank NetGalley, Headline and the author Rachel Abbott for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    ARRRRRRRRRGH where do i start am not sure here we go yet again this is my first read by Rachel Abbott & probably my LAST! the premise sounded good but the presentation gave me nothing did not like Miss Abbotts writing style, for me it was a slow monotonous burn that sent me crazy the characters were developed but did not like one character at all found myself thinking of what book i will read next.Now i don't know if its me but this sort of plotline has been done before why cant authors be o ARRRRRRRRRGH where do i start am not sure here we go yet again this is my first read by Rachel Abbott & probably my LAST! the premise sounded good but the presentation gave me nothing did not like Miss Abbotts writing style, for me it was a slow monotonous burn that sent me crazy the characters were developed but did not like one character at all found myself thinking of what book i will read next.Now i don't know if its me but this sort of plotline has been done before why cant authors be original the reveal wasnt so big & was a complete letdown i like my thrillers to be suspenseful engaging & packs a bit of a punch but alas this one didnt, pity really was looking forard to finally reading this author only to find myself bored shitless.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book thanks to Pigeonhole. What a tangled mess of lies all these very unlikeable characters had created. Not knowing who to believe was all part of the fun but I kind of figured it out by the end.
  • Angela Marsons
    January 1, 1970
    A highlight of my journey so far has to be getting a message asking if I'd like to read the latest Rachel Abbott book? Err....Yeah!!!! I have admired this author's work for so long and once again her latest absolutely blew me away. No spoilers but the story centres on Evie, Mark and Cleo and the complicated relationships between the three of them. There are things you can count on in a Rachel Abbott book which for me are 1. Brilliantly drawn characters 2. The fact that the author is going to dec A highlight of my journey so far has to be getting a message asking if I'd like to read the latest Rachel Abbott book? Err....Yeah!!!! I have admired this author's work for so long and once again her latest absolutely blew me away. No spoilers but the story centres on Evie, Mark and Cleo and the complicated relationships between the three of them. There are things you can count on in a Rachel Abbott book which for me are 1. Brilliantly drawn characters 2. The fact that the author is going to decide how I feel about these characters and has the ability to change my mind at any stage of the book. 3. Eerie, atmospheric undertones that make me question EVERYTHING. 4. The fact that once I start reading I'm going to get nothing done until I've finished. 5. I'm going to be left breathless at her ability to manipulate me along the journey and finally to give me a truly compelling, twisty, enthralling and satisfying read. Add in courtroom drama and a new character - Stephanie King - who I'm eager to meet again and that's me now in need of a lie down in a dark room. Absolutely AMAZING!!!
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    Read all today could NOT put it down. Brutally addictive psychological thriller with engaging divisive characters and an unpredictable, edgy plot with emotive themes. Full review for publication in November.
  • Hans
    January 1, 1970
    I guess I'm in the minority on this. I like most of this author's other books. This one was a bit disappointing alas. The plot was very clever but I couldn't relate to the characters. I also found it a tad slow.
  • Chloe
    January 1, 1970
    Sergeant Stephanie King is called to a crime scene where she finds Evie, a young mother stabbed and lying next to the murdered body of her boyfriend Mark. It seems like an open and shut domestic abuse case when Evie confesses to killing Mark but Stephanie feels there is more to the story especially with Chloe, Mark’s controlling sister in the picture.And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott is a tension filled gripping psychological thriller with lots of twists and turns. This book is divided into 3 pa Sergeant Stephanie King is called to a crime scene where she finds Evie, a young mother stabbed and lying next to the murdered body of her boyfriend Mark. It seems like an open and shut domestic abuse case when Evie confesses to killing Mark but Stephanie feels there is more to the story especially with Chloe, Mark’s controlling sister in the picture.And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott is a tension filled gripping psychological thriller with lots of twists and turns. This book is divided into 3 parts; the events leading up to the murder of Mark, the court-case and the final twist after the case which I didn't see coming . Another winner by Rachel Abbot and am looking forward to reading her next oneI would like to thank Headline & NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest and fair review.This and more reviews at https://chloesbooksblog.wordpress.com/
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  • Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com*www.facebook.com/onewomansbbrAnd So It Begins by Rachel Abbott. (2018). Cleo should be happy for her brother Mark when he finds a new partner after the death of his first wife, but something about Evie doesn't feel right...Then Evie starts having a lot of accidents at home, and one night the police are called - someone is dead. When Evie faces trial, the jury has to consider if there is ever a proper defence for murder. This one made me doubt my instincts in picki *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com*www.facebook.com/onewomansbbrAnd So It Begins by Rachel Abbott. (2018). Cleo should be happy for her brother Mark when he finds a new partner after the death of his first wife, but something about Evie doesn't feel right...Then Evie starts having a lot of accidents at home, and one night the police are called - someone is dead. When Evie faces trial, the jury has to consider if there is ever a proper defence for murder. This one made me doubt my instincts in picking twists. It's definitely a clever plot where you think you know what's going on, and then you doubt yourself, and then you realise actually maybe you were right...or not....haha! This book was another one for me where I didn't particularly like or relate to any of the lead characters but did enjoy it overall and still found myself invested in the storyline. I also enjoyed the secondary minor plotline between the detective sergeant and her colleague/ex (an awkward situation for anyone!). Overall, a well-written entertaining thriller that I'd be happy to recommend.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been a fan of Rachel Abbott’s books for some time – a few are reviewed here on the blog however she has now made the step from a very successful self publishing career having sold over 3 million copies of her six self-published thrillers to her first novel being traditionally published.And So It Begins is published by Wildfire and is a standalone psychological thriller. I am sure that there will be many readers missing Tom Douglas (I was – initially!) but this is a fabulously twisted read f I’ve been a fan of Rachel Abbott’s books for some time – a few are reviewed here on the blog however she has now made the step from a very successful self publishing career having sold over 3 million copies of her six self-published thrillers to her first novel being traditionally published.And So It Begins is published by Wildfire and is a standalone psychological thriller. I am sure that there will be many readers missing Tom Douglas (I was – initially!) but this is a fabulously twisted read featuring a new detective, Sergeant Stephanie King who along with DI Angus Brodie could be a favourite pairing – if there were to be another outing for them.Following the dramatic prologue – the first part of the story goes back and sets the scene with Evie Clarke and Mark North – how they met, and especially how Mark’s sister Cleo fitted into the story. Cleo was very close to Mark – to say she was overprotective is an understatement. In fact she didn’t seem to have much of a life of her own at all and she secretly resented any woman who came into Mark’s life, never thinking they were good enough for him. There were times when I felt really sorry for Evie, having to put up with Cleo’s interference and trying to assert her influence over Mark.Evie was a complex character and her relationship with Mark seemed even more complicated and, at times, toxic. Mark, a photographer, was a reclusive character. The suspicion of domestic abuse made for an even darker story. It was easy to feel sympathy for the wronged party but as the story proceeds, lines become blurred and the reader has to decide for themselves who they believe.And So It Begins is a mixture of genres – it’s predominantly a thriller but also encompasses police investigation and courtroom drama. I was hooked from the very first page and couldn’t read it fast enough. It had everything I loved in a thriller – an intricate plot, unlikeable and unreliable characters, well paced suspense and the anticipation in wondering what will happen next. Because of the prologue and the first chapter, you know that something bad has happened but what you don’t yet know is why.All the way through I was trying to work out what had really happened and exactly who was involved. There are unexplained discrepancies concerning the death of Mark’s first wife which adds another strand. I had various theories about who what and why but nothing could prepare me for the finale! Rachel Abbott had me well and truly beaten this time.A fabulous book. I loved it!
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  • Caroline Mitchell
    January 1, 1970
    There's a reason Rachel Abbott is one of my favourite authors, and I'm reminded why every time I pick up one of her books. I'm always guaranteed a thrilling read and And So It Begins is no exception. The penultimate in psychological suspense, this novel had me changing my mind about characters Mark, Cleo and Evie again and again as I was blindsided by a new twist. I loved the courtroom aspect which came in during the second half of the book and I could see this play out as a great drama on TV. I There's a reason Rachel Abbott is one of my favourite authors, and I'm reminded why every time I pick up one of her books. I'm always guaranteed a thrilling read and And So It Begins is no exception. The penultimate in psychological suspense, this novel had me changing my mind about characters Mark, Cleo and Evie again and again as I was blindsided by a new twist. I loved the courtroom aspect which came in during the second half of the book and I could see this play out as a great drama on TV. I also loved the dark, chilling undertones that gave it a creepy edge. Can you tell how much I loved this book?! And So It Begins is an unnerving, twisting tale that you won't be able to put down.
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  • Norrie
    January 1, 1970
    So clever, so delicious!And So It Begins is a chilling and twisty story of a marriage gone wrong, and a gruesome murder leading to a trial that could set an example and provide hope for domestic abuse victims.Evie is either the clumsiest woman in the universe, or there’s something sinister going on behind closed doors. She claims her marriage with Mark is just fine, and basically nothing to see here. So when the dude ends up dead in a puddle of his own blood in the bedroom of his own oh-so-oppre So clever, so delicious!And So It Begins is a chilling and twisty story of a marriage gone wrong, and a gruesome murder leading to a trial that could set an example and provide hope for domestic abuse victims.Evie is either the clumsiest woman in the universe, or there’s something sinister going on behind closed doors. She claims her marriage with Mark is just fine, and basically nothing to see here. So when the dude ends up dead in a puddle of his own blood in the bedroom of his own oh-so-oppressive cliff house, eyebrows are raised.Mark’s sister Cleo wants to see Evie behind bars for murder, while a well known lawyer and women’s rights supporter wants to use this case to get public attention and help other women get the courage to come forward and get their justice. It was quite emotional, and frankly, I couldn’t help but sympathize with Cleo, even though she did come across a bit of an asshole from time to time. Her relationship with her brother was a tad bit questionable though. In the “bloody hell, lady, what’s wrong with you? Obsessed much?” sort of way.Part domestic thriller, part courtroom drama, this story has something to offer for the fans of both genre. Rachel Abbott had me guessing about a lot of things. Who did what? Why? It was crazy!Sergeant Stephanie King, while not the main focus of the book also had her own story line, and it was nothing short of heartbreaking. How she still managed to function and do her job properly, I don’t know, but I want to be just half as cool as she is!The shocking twist at the end was a bit overshadowed by the theatrical events that took place, and I’m not particularly fond of characters launching into dramatic monologues either, but the rest of the story was so good, that it didn’t bother me too much. I’ve read the DCI Tom Douglas series by Rachel Abbott (which is awesome by the way), and I don’t recall anyone behaving like a Shakespearean villain in those.Although this seems to be a standalone, I wouldn’t mind seeing Sergeant King again!
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  • Tracy Fenton
    January 1, 1970
    WOW – just WOW that basically is my review. Although I think I should probably try and elaborate slightly: And So It Begins is Rachel Abbott’s new standalone thriller that DOESN’T feature the dashing DCI Tom Douglas, but fear not my fellow bookworms within the first couple of chapters I actually didn’t mind or even remember who Tom is because this book is EXCEPTIONAL.A tightly woven tale of tension, layered with lies and topped off with tragedy And So It Begins is a fantastic thriller which prov WOW – just WOW that basically is my review. Although I think I should probably try and elaborate slightly: And So It Begins is Rachel Abbott’s new standalone thriller that DOESN’T feature the dashing DCI Tom Douglas, but fear not my fellow bookworms within the first couple of chapters I actually didn’t mind or even remember who Tom is because this book is EXCEPTIONAL.A tightly woven tale of tension, layered with lies and topped off with tragedy And So It Begins is a fantastic thriller which proves that Rachel Abbott is a very talented storyteller.And So It Begins is narrated mainly through Evie, a young mother discovered lying next to the murdered body of her boyfriend Mark, Cleo, who is Mark’s devoted and often controlling older sister and Stephanie King the policewoman who is first on the scene at the beginning of the story. This book is split into 3 parts; the murder and the events leading up to the killing; the court-case with both the prosecution and the defence deciding on Evie’s fate and finally the story after the court ruling.Full of dark and damaged characters And So It Begins literally had me up all night reading. Can’t wait for Rachel Abbott’s next standalone now. 5 HUGE STARS.
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  • Joanne Robertson
    January 1, 1970
    Having been a HUGE Rachel Abbott fan for years after my mum recommended her books to me, I was intrigued to see how her first traditionally published book would turn out. And So It Begins was probably my most anticipated read of 2018 and OMG it totally lived up to my expectations. So if you’re a fan do not worry, in fact I think this is my favourite of Rachel’s books to date even though my favourite detective Tom Douglas is missing! Rachel has surpassed herself here with a cleverly plotted, utte Having been a HUGE Rachel Abbott fan for years after my mum recommended her books to me, I was intrigued to see how her first traditionally published book would turn out. And So It Begins was probably my most anticipated read of 2018 and OMG it totally lived up to my expectations. So if you’re a fan do not worry, in fact I think this is my favourite of Rachel’s books to date even though my favourite detective Tom Douglas is missing! Rachel has surpassed herself here with a cleverly plotted, utterly engrossing read that threw out twists as shocking as they were unexpected, leaving me fizzing with tension throughout!This isn’t a traditional police procedural thriller, it goes much deeper than that with a multilayered storyline that delivered on character development especially. Both Evie and Chloe were slowly revealed to the reader by means of using both of their points of view and backstories to great effect. And I loved Stephanie King! It was important to me that I did and the way she was introduced, both in her professional capacity and gradually her personal life, meant that by the time I came to the end of the book I was completely taken with her and had already formed a reader/character relationship that I want to explore more (Tom who????)!My favourite psychological thrillers feature unlikeable characters, unreliable narrators and dysfunctional families so Rachel Abbott managed to cover all the bases for me as a reader. And the minute I finished And So It Begins, I wanted to rave about it from the rooftops! It’s just so beautifully written and utterly riveting from start to finish!All the stars from me!
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow on blog tour
  • Paula Sealey
    January 1, 1970
    A chilling thriller full of twists, turns and secrets, 'And So It Begins' hooked me in from the start. You know things aren't quite what they appear when the main character, Evie, is found in bed, covered in blood alongside her dead husband. The journey towards revealing how and why he died is riveting, and even though I partially guessed what was happening, I still loved the story, characters and the grand finale. It's a fabulous addition to the psychological genre and sure to be a hit.*I recei A chilling thriller full of twists, turns and secrets, 'And So It Begins' hooked me in from the start. You know things aren't quite what they appear when the main character, Evie, is found in bed, covered in blood alongside her dead husband. The journey towards revealing how and why he died is riveting, and even though I partially guessed what was happening, I still loved the story, characters and the grand finale. It's a fabulous addition to the psychological genre and sure to be a hit.*I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Gerry Driver
    January 1, 1970
    When Evie Clarke manages to convince Mark, a reclusive widower, to take some photographs of her, it's the beginning of a whirlwind romance. Evie soon becomes pregnant, and Mark starts to feel he has a future after the accidental death of his first wife. The one problem is Mark's overprotective sister Cleo. Cleo doesn't trust Evie and Evie doesn't trust Cleo. When Evie starts to have minor accidents at home, people begin asking questions. Then one night the police are called to their cliff-top ho When Evie Clarke manages to convince Mark, a reclusive widower, to take some photographs of her, it's the beginning of a whirlwind romance. Evie soon becomes pregnant, and Mark starts to feel he has a future after the accidental death of his first wife. The one problem is Mark's overprotective sister Cleo. Cleo doesn't trust Evie and Evie doesn't trust Cleo. When Evie starts to have minor accidents at home, people begin asking questions. Then one night the police are called to their cliff-top house and find two bodies covered in blood, but one of them is still alive. Was it murder or was it self-defence? Part police procedural, part psychological thriller and part courtroom drama, And So It Begins aims to go all Jed Mercurio and wrong foot us, tangle us up in riddles and confuse the hell out of us from the beginning. The trouble with trying to be all things is that you end up with a super strong start, an intriguing set up, a terminally slow build and an ending that even though it tries to double bluff you, you still see coming. The narrator shifts continually from the first person to third – sometimes midway through chapters – this is a book that demands the reader's attention, but can it maintain it? The narrative volte-face sometimes feels as though it disrupts the flow of the story and can be a little jarring in places, especially towards the end. The characterisation is too muddy, and with several unreliable voices, it's hard to get close to anyone. The only likeable characters are the police officers (who disappear after the first chapter for far too long) and Cleo's friend Aminah. Evie, whose narration takes up a sizable chunk of the viewpoint, is portrayed as too neurotic and needy. When we (finally) find out about her motives and her past, we haven't warmed to her enough to care. The stand out character is Sgt Stephanie King, whose compassion, loyalty and nose for detail are the most exciting part of the novel.Fans of Abbott's work may love this three-course dinner thriller, but those who like their crime to be served at a fast food pace will most likely find it too slow and disjointed.
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  • Zoé-lee O'farrell
    January 1, 1970
    I am going to be completely frank and honest here and say from the outset that no words I have will do this book any justice. I mean wow what a book! When I read this I had three different theories going on in my head and I thought I was winning and then Ms Abbott just pulled the rug from out under me and I hit my head hard. That will teach me.This book is definitely, big time even, at fault for the one more chapter malarky! Why, because the chapters are so short and snappy before you know it yo I am going to be completely frank and honest here and say from the outset that no words I have will do this book any justice. I mean wow what a book! When I read this I had three different theories going on in my head and I thought I was winning and then Ms Abbott just pulled the rug from out under me and I hit my head hard. That will teach me.This book is definitely, big time even, at fault for the one more chapter malarky! Why, because the chapters are so short and snappy before you know it you have read 100 pages! So then I looked at the clock and it was nearly midnight…and then the dreaded voice in my ear says… go on, one more chapter! By gosh am I glad I did (ok bit tired today but was so worth it!). I cannot tell you anything about the plot bar what the blurb says, Evie and Mark and their whirlwind romance, but is everything that it seems? Who has been murdered? Seriously the number of times that “OMG” and “shocking” left my mouth was unreal. This book is just so compelling, it is refreshing and it is also damn right terrifying! Most of all I LOVED it! Evie seems off from the get-go, but then with the writing so is Mark and so is his sister Cleo. They all seem to have something to hide…but do they? Is it a red herring? You are misdirected so many times, it is like a sat nav on a bad day. But it made it so fascinating (unlike a sat nav!) because I did not feel any loyalty to the characters as I could not see any redeeming qualities, so I sat back and watched everything unravel at a lightning speed. The events unfold from mainly Cleo and Evie’s point of view, but also Sergeant Stephanie King. With Stephanie, we learn a bit about her but also her thoughts and views of the case. Occasionally, we get other characters points of view, I love this and you always knew who was talking. I loved that the story begins with the said murder, floats back to the past to build you to the current predicament, and then my all time favourite the courtroom drama, the trial and the fallout from it all. I was tied up in so many knots with the writing, trying to figure out how it would end, and then the ending. I breathed out and closed the book and tried to relax…not sure I can now! There was so much tension in this book, so much deceit, drama and chills, it has it all.I think I have repeated myself a lot in this review but I am just in awe of this book and the author. This is one book I definitely recommend to everyone. Ms Abbott’s writing just flows through the pages, enthralling you, drawing you in deeper and deeper before throwing your world upside down and inside out.
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  • Alexis
    January 1, 1970
    Cleo is very protective of her brother Mark. She has been that way ever since they were children. She never liked his late wife, who fell down the stairs in their home whilst Mark was away on business. Then Mark meets Evie, and Cleo doesn't like her either. She thinks there is something not quite right about Evie. She is very clumsy, and always seems to be having terrible accidents. Evie definitely has her own agenda, but what is it?The writing of the book was good. The characters are well devel Cleo is very protective of her brother Mark. She has been that way ever since they were children. She never liked his late wife, who fell down the stairs in their home whilst Mark was away on business. Then Mark meets Evie, and Cleo doesn't like her either. She thinks there is something not quite right about Evie. She is very clumsy, and always seems to be having terrible accidents. Evie definitely has her own agenda, but what is it?The writing of the book was good. The characters are well developed and believable; they all quite secretive and there is a very sinister atmosphere to the book throughout. Everyone is hiding something, but the truth won't be revealed until the big, climactic ending. And so it begins....!I'd have to say that this was enjoyable enough while I was reading it, but not very memorable. I read this book last week, and I've read another book since then, but when I came to write this review I had to look back at the description to remember what the book was about. So yes, I did enjoy it but I don't know if I would recommend it or buy it for someone else.
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  • Jacquie Harnett
    January 1, 1970
    Blatantly predictable from the beginning
  • Gillian
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t know if I’m getting good at solving mystery books or the author just shoved all the hints straight to my face because finally, I managed to solve the case (partly) before the big reveal even happens!I honestly enjoyed reading this book. Usually, mystery books bore me out on the first half of the book then redeem themselves only on the last few pages for the giant fucking twist. But this book engaged me from start to finish because Rachel Abbott’s writing style is so easy to follow! I lik I don’t know if I’m getting good at solving mystery books or the author just shoved all the hints straight to my face because finally, I managed to solve the case (partly) before the big reveal even happens!I honestly enjoyed reading this book. Usually, mystery books bore me out on the first half of the book then redeem themselves only on the last few pages for the giant fucking twist. But this book engaged me from start to finish because Rachel Abbott’s writing style is so easy to follow! I like the idea of how the perpetrator admitted to the crime from the start (definitely not your typical ‘who is the killer’ kind of mystery book), but what intrigued me the most is the court trial that happened after the murder regarding the punishment to be imposed. It was a conflicting case because you only had one side of the story since the other party was already dead. Add up the fact that some characters were being edgy and shady, so it's hard to differentiate which were the lies and which were not.However, as much as I live for twisted plot twists, this book doesn’t really have it. The story became predictable near the end and you could easily guess where the ending would lead to (at least some of it) because the hints were already laid out for you and you just have to connect the dots. The main twist itself is a bit unrealistic because how could a person do that??? But then, humans are capable of doing the most unrealistic things in life especially if fueled by vendetta so I guess it’s possible.Nonetheless, I really really enjoyed reading And So It Begins because it may not be perfect, but it is absolutely intense and gripping!
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  • Yvonne
    January 1, 1970
    Mark, Evie, and Cleo… Mark is a reclusive photographer whose first wife died suddenly. He is coaxed out by Evie who wants a series of photographs taken. Cleo is Mark’s sister and is very protective of him and doesn’t appreciate Evie spending time in Mark’s life… Evie stands trial as this dark and twisted thriller unravels their stories.Wow…and Wow… and why have I not read anything by this author before…?This is such an addictive read that really did have me on the edge of my seat. This author re Mark, Evie, and Cleo… Mark is a reclusive photographer whose first wife died suddenly. He is coaxed out by Evie who wants a series of photographs taken. Cleo is Mark’s sister and is very protective of him and doesn’t appreciate Evie spending time in Mark’s life… Evie stands trial as this dark and twisted thriller unravels their stories.Wow…and Wow… and why have I not read anything by this author before…?This is such an addictive read that really did have me on the edge of my seat. This author really knows how to keep me guessing from the tantalizing few words of the prologue right through to the very end. She had me second guessing my thoughts, the characters, and the motives. When I thought I had a handle on things she managed to twists things and leaving me wondering what was going to come next.As the stories of each of the three main characters start to open up I was given the chance to see their roots as it were, a chance to get a glimpse into their childhoods and their upbringings. A chance to get into their thoughts and how they worked, but nothing quite prepared me for what was to come.The trial part of the story was something I really enjoyed and when combined with the police investigations the truth starts to be revealed. Some of these had me squirming and others had me horrified as abusive treatment details came to light.This book is so well paced and I found myself not wanting to put my kindle down for a single moment. This is a dark and devious psychological thriller that encompasses a crime, with wonderful of courtroom and police procedural elements. A story that delves into family and relationships. This is a real cracker of a read that kept me guessing and one that I would highly recommend.
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  • Pheadra
    January 1, 1970
    This was a page-turner in the true sense. It is an intense story about lies, crimes, cover-ups and revenge. It kept me enthralled and guessing from the beginning and even when I had figured out many of the twists and turns, the story was in no way diminished, nor my interest in it. It is a deceptively delicious description of drama, dark and dramatic!In a nutshell, it is the tale about a young woman witnessing the death of her brother, who seeks to exact revenge on the perpetrator years later, w This was a page-turner in the true sense. It is an intense story about lies, crimes, cover-ups and revenge. It kept me enthralled and guessing from the beginning and even when I had figured out many of the twists and turns, the story was in no way diminished, nor my interest in it. It is a deceptively delicious description of drama, dark and dramatic!In a nutshell, it is the tale about a young woman witnessing the death of her brother, who seeks to exact revenge on the perpetrator years later, with no regard for the innocent people harmed along the way. The story is a lesson about pain. It is a warning about the damage lies can do and the severity of covering up a crime. What I liked about the characters was the balance of good and evil. In contrast to the two bitter, unremorseful main characters Evie and Cleo, were intelligent, normal, loving characters in the guise of Aminah, Harriet and Stephanie. I also liked the fact that not everything gets wrapped up in a pretty parcel at the end because in life it rarely does. I was pleased that the best interests of the child were thought out by the mother, but also sad that women who accuse a man of domestic violence are not taken as seriously as they ought, because of women who lie about such matters( in this case Evie). This is a book that draws you into the story but also makes you think long after the tale is told. I have not read any of Rachel Abbot’s other books, but I certainly will now. Congratulations to the author.
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  • Lady Delacour
    January 1, 1970
    Nice beginning to a new series.Fun the way the author givesthe reader brain whiplash by,causing one to vacillate so muchbetween Evie's guilt or innocence.Enjoyable book. 4 Stars.Listened with TTS.Clean except for Foul Language
  • Helen (TBC)
    January 1, 1970
    My first Rachel Abbott book but definitely not my last! Wonderfully written, pacy, intriguing and compelling . A really clever plot, with unreliable narrators and awash with twists (none gratuitous) I absolutely devoured it!I loved the courtroom scenes where Evie is on trial - was it murder or manslaughter? will Chloe get the satisfaction of seeing her brother's murderer behind bars for life and does she have an ulterior motive for wanting this? Will Evie's lawyer be able to make her name and th My first Rachel Abbott book but definitely not my last! Wonderfully written, pacy, intriguing and compelling . A really clever plot, with unreliable narrators and awash with twists (none gratuitous) I absolutely devoured it!I loved the courtroom scenes where Evie is on trial - was it murder or manslaughter? will Chloe get the satisfaction of seeing her brother's murderer behind bars for life and does she have an ulterior motive for wanting this? Will Evie's lawyer be able to make her name and this case a landmark for victims of domestic abuse? Read it to find out, you won't regret it, the mundane tasks can wait!!
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  • Kath Middleton
    January 1, 1970
    This is a rather different Rachel Abbott book in that the second half is effectively a courtroom drama. All the major characters in this book made me uneasy for various reasons. Nobody was being honest. Everyone was, in some way, damaged. The thing about damaged people is that they are all damaged in a different way. This has given an excellent author a great deal of material to work with. Guilty or not guilty? Murder or manslaughter? I had my mind changed for me so many times during this book. This is a rather different Rachel Abbott book in that the second half is effectively a courtroom drama. All the major characters in this book made me uneasy for various reasons. Nobody was being honest. Everyone was, in some way, damaged. The thing about damaged people is that they are all damaged in a different way. This has given an excellent author a great deal of material to work with. Guilty or not guilty? Murder or manslaughter? I had my mind changed for me so many times during this book. It’s a tour de force from the author and a totally entrancing read.
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  • Cleopatra Pullen
    January 1, 1970
    An entire rug woven with complicated relationships is the best way to describe And So It Begins, the first psychological thriller to be shared from the pen of the hugely talented Rachel Abbott.Mark, Evie and Cleo (great choice of name) are all too bound up in each other’s lives for any sort of common sense to prevail, and there is a dead wife hovering over Mark’s shoulder to ensure the intensity is driven to the highest level.But first lets go to where it begins. A phone call from a woman in dis An entire rug woven with complicated relationships is the best way to describe And So It Begins, the first psychological thriller to be shared from the pen of the hugely talented Rachel Abbott.Mark, Evie and Cleo (great choice of name) are all too bound up in each other’s lives for any sort of common sense to prevail, and there is a dead wife hovering over Mark’s shoulder to ensure the intensity is driven to the highest level.But first lets go to where it begins. A phone call from a woman in distress alarms the local Cornish police and so Sergeant Stephanie King races to the impressive house of Mark, or Marcus North. It isn’t the first time she’s been there, last time his wife was found dead, in the basement. This time it is Mark that’s dead and we know who did it, Evie, his girlfriend, the mother of his daughter. She freely admits that’s the case but our tenacious Sergeant wants to know why.Mark was married to Mia, hence the impressive house, the money was hers. But his sister Cleo didn’t approve, she barely disguised her dislike of Mia who didn’t give Mark the encouragement and praise he deserved (in her eyes) over his photographic genius. Mia died in what is assumed to be a tragic accident having tripped up running downstairs by an undone shoelace – see our mother’s always warned us that this could happen!While Mark is in the depths of depression after Mia’s death, Evie walks into the gallery managed by Cleo that showcases his art. She wants to commission a series of photos of herself for her father. Cleo seeing an opportunity to make money and raise Mark’s profile insists that he meet with the young woman with connections, and it is from here that we move towards those opening pages.This story was pleasingly partly set in the courtroom where Evie stands charged either with murder or manslaughter and it is here that we begin to see how the relationship between the three has been based upon secrets and lies.Rachel Abbott’s books are so satisfying. This is an author who is able to tell a story and one that is relevant to contemporary life. Her characters, as in the previous books, are fully rounded and although I wasn’t particularly a fan of my namesake I can’t deny she was interesting! Great characterisation isn’t just confined to the key protagonists, from the police, to the lawyers and those that only get a brief look in through the story, they are all ‘real’.There is no doubt that this is an engaging tale and one that I read compulsively, I needed to know if what I believed was the truth at the beginning was actually the truth but as my reading progressed, like all good psychological thrillers, the writer made me change my opinion, time and time again. However this isn’t a book of trickery, you know the type, when you finally turn that last page and contemplate what you’ve read, you feel like the writer has been playing with you. Not Rachel Abbott, the clues were there, no trickery involved, you just need to look at the puzzle through the right prism.
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  • Book-Lover Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI can't believe I saw and read this in one day. It was so fantastically written and expertly portrayed that I felt I was watching a TV show. The courtroom scenes were fabulous and were completely spot on. The characters were fantastic, well described and had complex personalities; especially Evie and Cleo. Both woman racked with demons and a past that's quite horrifying. Evie more so.I loved how Evie was made out to be and then how her character morphed into a completely new person; a t 4.5 starsI can't believe I saw and read this in one day. It was so fantastically written and expertly portrayed that I felt I was watching a TV show. The courtroom scenes were fabulous and were completely spot on. The characters were fantastic, well described and had complex personalities; especially Evie and Cleo. Both woman racked with demons and a past that's quite horrifying. Evie more so.I loved how Evie was made out to be and then how her character morphed into a completely new person; a terrifyingly chilling one. She was so believable and likeable and the ending was so chilling that it gave me goosebumps.I hated Cleo from the get go and her character just got more infuriating as the story went on... especially with the situation with baby Lulu. She was controlling and vindictive, she didn't like ANYONE and she was annoying. But she made for such a good character to read!The ending... I was SO shocked!! I honestly thought it was the person but then.. BOOM! The end of this book has my mouth open with shock; my jaw practically touching the floor. INCREDIBLE!But, saying all that and how much I truly loved this story, there was some areas in the book that I had trouble with. Some places seems quite jumbled, in the middle(ish), and I couldn't decipher who was telling the story. You'll also find it'll jump into first person then back to the other and it made those parts a little difficult to understand. I also found there was some contradictory bits that included Cleo and wish now that I had made not of them so I can remember exactly what part. But then a few bits later the whole story changed again and it was quite confusing.Great read, hard to put down, suspenseful, incredibly well written... this book is one of the best psychological thrillers I've ever read, definitely in my top 10. I can't wait to pick up this author's other work. She's a phenomenal writer and an awesome story teller.
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