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A year ago today, we all gathered for Lucas’s wedding at his glorious Cornish home overlooking the sea.

But no one was married that day.

Now Lucas has invited us back to celebrate the anniversary. But the anniversary of what? The wedding that never happened, or the tragedy that occurred just hours before the ceremony was due to begin?

He’s told us that tonight he has planned a game. We have our costumes, we have our parts, and everyone must play. The game, he tells us, is about to begin.

What does Lucas want from us? What are we not being told? And what’s going to happen when this terrible game is over?

Praise for AND SO IT BEGINS (Stephanie King Book 1):

‘The twists came so quickly I almost got whiplash‘ Jenny Blackhurst, author of The Night She Died

‘What a storyteller Rachel Abbott is… I was hooked from the start‘ Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home

The twists just don’t stopHeat

Dark and extremely readableThe Times


Really gripping and menacing - compulsive reading
Harriet Tyce, Blood Orange
I was hooked from the first page, it was absolutely brilliant ... The twists came so quickly I almost got whiplash
Jenny Blackhurst, The Foster Child
I loved it! It's a breathless tour de force that left me hungry for more. I loved the strong female characters, atmospheric Cornish setting and the truly surprising ending. Psychological crime writing at its very best.
Kate Rhodes, Crossbones Yard
What a storyteller Rachel Abbott is... I was hooked from the start
Cara Hunter, Close to Home
I raced through this compelling, twisty novel. Loved it
Laura Marshall, Friend Request
Rachel Abbott is one of my favourite authors, and I'm reminded why every time I pick up one of her books... And So It Begins is an unnerving, twisting tale that you won't be able to put down
Caroline Mitchell, Silent Victim
A truly compelling, twisty, enthralling and satisfying read... Absolutely AMAZING!
Angela Marsons, Evil Games
With And So It Begins, Rachael Abbott has delivered another intricately plotted thriller that never falters on tension or pace ... the suspense doesn't let up until the very last page
Michelle Davies, Gone Astray
The definition of addictive - Rachel Abbott's best book yet. Kept me up until the small hours - and you won't see the ending coming
Phoebe Morgan, The Doll House
The case is complex, the courtroom drama intense and the shifting perspectives successfully undermine expectation in this novel of obsession, revenge and retribution
Woman & Home
There's a clever twist, which Abbott carefully unveils... it's easy to see why readers keep coming back for this author's thrills
A Must Read
S Magazine
The queen of psychological thrillers does not disappoint with this dark and tense tale
Abbott's first traditionally published novel is a powerhouse combinaiton of psycological thriller and intense courtroom drama - and the twists just don't stop coming.
Lisa Howells, Heat
Abbott debuts in print with an explosive thriller. It's a minefield of surprises ... It twists and turns like a snake in an oil slick.
Peterborough Telegraph
And So It Begins is a dark, extremely readable, well-plotted psychological thriller culminating in a courtroom drama... It's obvious why Abbott has attracted her huge audience.
The Times
If you're a fan of Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train, Rachel Abbott's And So It Begins won't disappoint ... Abbott leaves you guessing until the final few pages.
It's easy to see from this gripping story's frequent twists and bluffs, in a narrative that's rooted in psychology, how word-of-mouth recommendation from one reader to another allowed Abbott to stand out in a crowded market.
Morning Star