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EVERYONE IS INVITED. EVERYONE MUST PLAY THE GAME.

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‘When I say full of twists and turns I mean it. A compulsive powerful dark read’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ READER REVIEW

‘My thriller of the year’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ READER REVIEW

‘A total delight’ Daily Mail

Takes your breath away’ Sun

‘A brilliant read, full of suspense’ Closer

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 Rachel Abbott:

‘Really gripping and menacing compulsive reading’ Harriet Tyce

‘What a storyteller Rachel Abbott is… I was hooked from the start’ Cara Hunter

‘I raced through this compelling, twisty novel. Loved it’ Laura Marshall

‘A twisty-turny plot that had my head reeling, and my mind full of intrigue. Superb plotting from the mistress of suspense’ Mel Sherratt

‘A grand re-imagining of the best kind of crime caper, filled with underlying tensions, fancy rooms and a detective hungry for answers’ Magic Radio: April Book Club Pick

‘Fantastic and gripping – I loved the intriguing concept and the brilliantly atmospheric Cornish setting’ Karen Hamilton

‘This gallops along at a cracking pace, and manages to keep the twists and surprises coming thick and fastCrime Monthly

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Harriet Tyce, Blood Orange
Really gripping and menacing - compulsive reading
Jenny Blackhurst, The Foster Child
I was hooked from the first page, it was absolutely brilliant ... The twists came so quickly I almost got whiplash
Kate Rhodes, Crossbones Yard
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.
Cara Hunter, Close to Home
What a storyteller Rachel Abbott is... I was hooked from the start
Laura Marshall, Friend Request
I raced through this compelling, twisty novel. Loved it
Caroline Mitchell, Silent Victim
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
Angela Marsons, Evil Games
A truly compelling, twisty, enthralling and satisfying read... Absolutely AMAZING!
Michelle Davies, Gone Astray
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
Phoebe Morgan, The Doll House
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
Woman & Home
The case is complex, the courtroom drama intense and the shifting perspectives successfully undermine expectation in this novel of obsession, revenge and retribution
Observer
There's a clever twist, which Abbott carefully unveils... it's easy to see why readers keep coming back for this author's thrills
S Magazine
A Must Read
Fabulous
The queen of psychological thrillers does not disappoint with this dark and tense tale
Lisa Howells, Heat
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.
Peterborough Telegraph
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.
The Times
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.
Herald
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.
Morning Star
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.
Daily Mail
Abbott is a gifted storyteller and this book is a total delight
Mel Sherratt, bestselling author of Hush Hush
A twisty-turny plot that had my head reeling, and my mind full of intrigue. Superb plotting from the mistress of suspense.
Magic Radio: April Book Club Pick
A grand re-imagining of the best kind of crime caper, filled with underlying tensions, fancy rooms and a detective hungry for answers.
Karen Hamilton, bestselling author of The Perfect Girlfriend
Fantastic and gripping - I loved the intriguing concept and the brilliantly atmospheric Cornish setting
Crime Monthly
This gallops along at a cracking pace, and manages to keep the twists and surprises coming thick and fast.
Closer
A brilliant read, full of suspense
Sun
The Murder Game plunges you slap-bang in the middle of a very dangerous game, and Abbott adds to a list of tales to take your breath away

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