The Back Road : DCI Tom Douglas

  • by Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by Penny McDonald
  • Series: DCI Tom Douglas
  • 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A girl lies close to death in a deserted lane.
A driver drags her body to the side of the road.
A shadowy figure hides in the trees, watching.
For Ellie Saunders last night’s hit and run on the back road could destroy everything she has....
Ellie’s new neighbour, former Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas has moved to the village for some peace and quiet, but as he is drawn into the web of deceit his every instinct tells him that what happened that night was more than a tragic accident.


What the Critics Say

"There are red herrings galore in this well scripted plot and even when you think you have the story sussed, Abbott throws a spanner into the works … a refreshingly original read" (Crime Fiction Lover blog)
"Not only is it tightly plotted, with intricate twists and turns, the writing is also of the highest standard" (What am I reading blog)
"This is a tightly written psychological thriller" (Amazon top 500 reviewer)


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Customer Reviews

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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who likes Interminable discussion about relationships past and present and has interest in only a hint of a plot within the first half of the book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Rachel Abbott again?


Did the narration match the pace of the story?


Any additional comments?

I didn't take to this story. I gave it a good long listen-to but it failed to get me involved and made me annoyed. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen beyond all the (possible) events that are hinted at. I could not finish it.

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- Mrs. L. Carter

Absolutely brilliant

Right from the start I was gripped. The plot itself was intriguing, fascinating and had a totally different ending to the way I was thinking. Well done to the narrator Penny McDonald who never once failed to keep her dialogue Intriguing. Loved it !
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- Barbara Wharton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2014
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing