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Lazy Saturday Review: And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott @RachelAbbott @Wildfirebks @ThePigeonholeHQ


From LipsyyI started doing ‘lazy Saturday reviews’ as a way of getting reviews done in just 30 mins, and they proved to be quite popular. They are quick and snappy, and concentrate less on the plot (or content) and writing and more on my overall feelings about said book. They generally end up being a bit of a rant. My fave!

Some author names never leave your timeline and keep you curious. I had been hearing about Rachel Abbott forever but had never taken the leap and check her novels. Silly me!

  Then I got lucky because the wonderful team at The Pigeonhole gave me the opportunity to discover the author and her latest novel!

and so it beginsTitle: And So It Begins
Author: Rachel Abbott
Date of publication: 2018
Publisher: Wildfire
Format: e-copy via The Pigeonhole website

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.

my review red

Thanks to Pigeonhole, I was lucky to be among the ‘masochist’ readers getting their fix of And So It Begins every morning. Let me tell you, this was the perfect mix! This novel brilliantly suited the format Pigeonhole offers! Oh, it got me frustrated, but it also reminded me to sit comfortably, grab a mug, and take thirty minutes just for me every day. I would like to thank Pigeonhole for this new reading experience that had me biting my nails and begging my iPhone to bring me more of the story faster than it was supposed to! Another great thing was that I got to read anywhere with my phone. Now, you’ll know I can’t do that much because my eyes don’t like this screen, but I got the right amount every day to keep me going at the supermarket queue, in the car while getting gas, or at the airport when Ryanair decided to be late.

Let’s investigate the book itself…

Charged held against And So It Begins: This novel is accused of being a strong new drug that makes the readers attack their own body (nails, hair) and forget all adult duties. It is deemed to be dangerous for society as those falling under its spell seem to forget about everything else.

The accused proudly pleads GUILTY.

How do we feel about this?

Hint number one: I couldn’t put it down. Two reasons.

  • Everyone can write. I jot down groceries lists, I write blog posts, but that doesn’t mean I know how to use words as a weapon to hurt, comfort, scare, or push people off their limits. Rachel Abbott is GUILTY of mastering the beautiful art of writing. I am not even talking about how to add tension to a scene, or make a character feel real. I am pointing out the very core of words and their powers. Each and every sentence in this novel felt perfect, like a Beethoven composition. My eyes flew from one letter to the other with ease and my heart and mind only had to follow.
  • What the hell was that plot?! If you’re a seasoned crime fiction lover, you might feel comfortable and believe you know where this is going. You might even be right! BUT the author throws red herrings better than a stripper sends her thong out to the crowd. I kept making assumptions, I held to hints that proved me right and then something would always creep in to make me doubt my opinion! I had no idea how to connect the dots, there were too many of them, despite the setting only offering us a handful of characters to play with. Until the very last page, I had a nagging doubt about every protagonist and I had no idea how everything could end well. But hey, do we always want things to end well? What does it even mean? I wanted a satisfying ending, and wow, I did get it!!!

Evie meets Mark, who has a very clingy sister, Cleo. Something feels weird from the start. Mark is a widower, his wife died in their house. Yummy, suspect husband!! From there, you get to witness relationships grow, fail, get bloody! Seriously, you don’t need to know anything, dive in And So It Begins naked as a baby!

Hint number two: the accomplices

I usually at least one character I appreciate to connect to a story, but this time, I was drawn to those dark souls, their motives and the reasons behind every move of their finger. There was something very cathartic in watching them fall into their own trap, feeling the walls close in on them, drowning in the ocean of their mistakes and personality.

The prosecution doesn’t have anything to add.

The jury is out: And So It Begins is guilty of being a dazzling piece of crime fiction that you don’t want to miss!

Pre-order the book now! Amazon



Rachel Abbott’s debut thriller, Only the Innocent, was an international bestseller, reaching the number one position in the Amazon charts both in the UK and US. This was followed by the number one bestselling novels The Back Road, Sleep Tight, Stranger Child, Nowhere Child (a short novel based on the characters from Stranger Child), Kill Me Again and The Sixth Window. Her most recent novel, Come a Little Closer, is available from February 2018.

Rachel’s novels have now been translated into over 20 languages and her books have sold over 3 million copies in the English language.

In 2015 Amazon celebrated the first five years of the Kindle in the UK, and announced that Rachel was the #1 bestselling independent author over the five-year period. She was also placed #14 in the chart of all authors. Stranger Child was the most borrowed novel for the Kindle in the first half of 2015.

Rachel splits her time between Alderney – a beautiful island off the coast of France – and the Le Marche region of Italy, where she is able to devote all her time to writing fiction. For more information, see Rachel’s website, or follow her on Twitter.

Rachel’s website can be found at
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23 thoughts on “Lazy Saturday Review: And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott @RachelAbbott @Wildfirebks @ThePigeonholeHQ”

  1. Wonderful review! I love the sound of this one… And I really need to investigate the whole The Pidgeonhole deal (although I’m not sure if it would be good since I already have too many books I need to read anyway xD)


      1. It sounds like such a great idea! I actually tried signing up the other day, but most books are simply not available in Argentina… So no Pigeonhole for me. (Although in a way it’s a good thing, since I already have too many books as it is. xD )


          1. I did check again and it seems like I can read the less popular books… But nothing really caught my eye so far, and like you I’m buried under a pile of books already haha. xD


  2. I love the lay out of this review. You are such a brilliant writer.
    I’m not so sure I would like to be reading on my phone so I really hope you get a new kindle soon. Or retreat to paperbacks.
    With the story…… it sounds brilliant. I read and reviewed a short story by this author last month and at my first read of her books I knew she would be an author I would enjoy.
    This is a book on my tbr.
    Amanda xx


    1. Oh, Amanda. Thank you ❤ I am comfortable enough now when writing reviews but you are too sweet.
      I chose to get another class with my American teacher instead of buying the Kindle in November, oops. I'll kill my eyes for another month, but I have lots of paperbacks and I really want to keep improving my English.
      I am stunned I didn't read anything from Rachel before! xxx


  3. Wow, this is such a fantastic review… so much guilt in it! 😀 and my guilty pleasure is to keep those kind of books in mind to read in the future… I hope I have a chance to do just so, it sounds like one not to miss!


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