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Publisher's Summary

In a quiet country village, secrets abound. When young Abbie Campbell is knocked over and left for dead on the back road of the village of Little Melham, waves of shock ripple through the small community, threatening to expose long-kept secrets. For Ellie Saunders, the truth about that night puts both her marriage and the safety of her children in jeopardy - she has to protect her family, no matter what the cost. Her neighbor, former detective Tom Douglas, has escaped to Little Melham in search of a quiet life, but finds himself drawn into the web of deceit as his every instinct tells him that what happened to Abbie was far more than a tragic accident.
In this gripping novel, the peaceful English countryside belies the horrible truths that lurk beneath the trimmed hedgerows, behind the closed doors of smart sitting rooms, and within unspoken conversations.
©2013 Rachel Abbott (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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By Debbie on 01-08-15

Intriguing Mystery in Small English Town

When I first started listening to The Back Road, I wasn't at all sure I was going to like it. It seemed as though the entire book was going to be a dark tale of abuse. But it wasn't that at all. The sisters, Ellie and Leo, who share the same father, but different mothers, and their different paths growing up is a big part of the story. The small town, where everybody knows their neighbor, (or thinks they do) is very interesting . . . and it kept me totally intrigued as the "skeletons" kept coming out of the closets. The book is a bit long, but after the first hour, I found myself fully engaged and vested in the characters. Some are prickly, some disgusting, some standoffish, some kind, some misunderstood, and some I wanted to wrap my arms around and hug. This is a well written, well thought out book, and I never would have guessed the ending. Well worth the wait!

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By Christy on 12-19-15

Tom Douglas is almost a peripheral character

This book was okay, but I felt there was an awful lot of it that read like a soap opera, where if only the characters would talk to each other, all of the misunderstandings would be cleared up.

This kind of plotting annoys me the most when it is used excessively, and I thought that was the case here. Tom Douglas, who has left the police force and moved to Cheshire in this second series entry, is really not involved much in this one until the last few hours. I enjoyed the part that he was in, however.

I kept waiting for something to happen here, and when I get to the point that I am not involved in the story enough that this feeling of waiting becomes a conscious thought, the writer has pretty much lost me.

Narrator did a creditable job with what she had to work with.

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