And So It Begins (Stephanie King #1) by Rachel Abbott

And So It Begins (Stephanie King #1)

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 begi...

Details And So It Begins (Stephanie King #1)

TitleAnd So It Begins (Stephanie King #1)
Release DateNov 15th, 2018
GenreThriller, Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Fiction

Reviews And So It Begins (Stephanie King #1)

  • Felicia
    Welp, here we go....This book somehow managed to include every single element that can ruin a good thriller.The characters. It's not that they were poorly developed, it's that they weren't developed at all. And all of them were unlikeable. The only positive is the unreliability of the main player, Evie. But even that was ruined because her less than truthful narration of the events was so obvious it completely negated everything I love about unre...
  • Lou
    Oh my giddy aunt! This is going to be big. Without doubt one of the best books of 2018. I'll eat my hat if this doesn't become a bestseller!Full review to come closer to publication date!
  • Pauline
    And so it begins by Rachel Abbott was an excellent psychological thriller, full of lies, deception, murder and revenge.Evie is in a relationship with Mark and they have a baby girl. Mark's sister Cleo is jealous and wants Evie out of the picture. One evening the police are called to the family home and find Mark dead and Evie injured, did she murder him or was it self defence? Quite a few twists and turns in the story and an underlying feeling th...
  • Lisa
    ARRRRRRRRRGH where do i start am not sure here we go yet again this is my first read by Rachel Abbott & probably my LAST! the premise sounded good but the presentation gave me nothing did not like Miss Abbotts writing style, for me it was a slow monotonous burn that sent me crazy the characters were developed but did not like one character at all found myself thinking of what book i will read next.Now i don't know if its me but this sort of plotl...
  • Louise Wilson
    Mark and Evie have a whirlwind romance. Marks sister Cleo, knows she should be happy for him, but she doesn't trust Evie. Evie starts having accidents at home. Her friends are concerned for her. When Mark ends up in a pool of his own blood, Sargent Stephanie King is sent to investigate. Was it murder or a case of self defence?This story is divided into two parts. The first part is mostly Mark and Evie's domestic life and the second part is the co...
  • Angela Marsons
    A highlight of my journey so far has to be getting a message asking if I'd like to read the latest Rachel Abbott book? Err....Yeah!!!! I have admired this author's work for so long and once again her latest absolutely blew me away. No spoilers but the story centres on Evie, Mark and Cleo and the complicated relationships between the three of them. There are things you can count on in a Rachel Abbott book which for me are 1. Brilliantly drawn char...
  • Mandy White
    I read this book thanks to Pigeonhole. What a tangled mess of lies all these very unlikeable characters had created. Not knowing who to believe was all part of the fun but I kind of figured it out by the end.
  • Amanda
    This is the first book in the Stephanie King series.Mark and Evie are married after a short courtship, his first wife Mia died after a tragic accident and his sister Cleo who has always been overprotective of Mark, has never really liked Evie. Evie has been having random accidents, is Mark hurting her? When Sergeant Stephanie King arrives at a murder scene, she discovers Mark in a pool of blood in his bed with Evie curled up next to him. Evie con...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Read all today could NOT put it down. Brutally addictive psychological thriller with engaging divisive characters and an unpredictable, edgy plot with emotive themes. Full review for publication in November.
  • Hans
    I guess I'm in the minority on this. I like most of this author's other books. This one was a bit disappointing alas. The plot was very clever but I couldn't relate to the characters. I also found it a tad slow.
  • Chloe
    Sergeant Stephanie King is called to a crime scene where she finds Evie, a young mother stabbed and lying next to the murdered body of her boyfriend Mark. It seems like an open and shut domestic abuse case when Evie confesses to killing Mark but Stephanie feels there is more to the story especially with Chloe, Mark’s controlling sister in the picture.And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott is a tension filled gripping psychological thriller with lots...
  • Tracy Fenton
    WOW – just WOW that basically is my review. Although I think I should probably try and elaborate slightly: And So It Begins is Rachel Abbott’s new standalone thriller that DOESN’T feature the dashing DCI Tom Douglas, but fear not my fellow bookworms within the first couple of chapters I actually didn’t mind or even remember who Tom is because this book is EXCEPTIONAL.A tightly woven tale of tension, layered with lies and topped off with t...
  • Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews
    ** So It Begins by Rachel Abbott. (2018). Cleo should be happy for her brother Mark when he finds a new partner after the death of his first wife, but something about Evie doesn't feel right...Then Evie starts having a lot of accidents at home, and one night the police are called - someone is dead. When Evie faces trial, the jury has to consider if there is ever a proper defence for mu...
  • Caroline Mitchell
    There's a reason Rachel Abbott is one of my favourite authors, and I'm reminded why every time I pick up one of her books. I'm always guaranteed a thrilling read and And So It Begins is no exception. The penultimate in psychological suspense, this novel had me changing my mind about characters Mark, Cleo and Evie again and again as I was blindsided by a new twist. I loved the courtroom aspect which came in during the second half of the book and I...
  • Jennifer Nolan
    This is another book that I highly recommend. It's full of twists and turns. I certainly didn't expect the twist at the end of the book.
  • Karen
    I’ve been a fan of Rachel Abbott’s books for some time – a few are reviewed here on the blog however she has now made the step from a very successful self publishing career having sold over 3 million copies of her six self-published thrillers to her first novel being traditionally published.And So It Begins is published by Wildfire and is a standalone psychological thriller. I am sure that there will be many readers missing Tom Douglas (I w...
  • Norrie
    So clever, so delicious!And So It Begins is a chilling and twisty story of a marriage gone wrong, and a gruesome murder leading to a trial that could set an example and provide hope for domestic abuse victims.Evie is either the clumsiest woman in the universe, or there’s something sinister going on behind closed doors. She claims her marriage with Mark is just fine, and basically nothing to see here. So when the dude ends up dead in a puddle of...
  • Joanne Robertson
    Having been a HUGE Rachel Abbott fan for years after my mum recommended her books to me, I was intrigued to see how her first traditionally published book would turn out. And So It Begins was probably my most anticipated read of 2018 and OMG it totally lived up to my expectations. So if you’re a fan do not worry, in fact I think this is my favourite of Rachel’s books to date even though my favourite detective Tom Douglas is missing! Rachel ha...
  • Margaret
    The way the story is escalating, is excellent, the writing style is intriguing, and you can’t stop wandering what on earth is going on. But in the end you feel a little bit deceived because you couldn’t have guessed no matter how clever you are , for the information wasn’t even mentioned. And the explanation is highly impossible!
  • Eva
    Review to follow on blog tour
  • Natalie M
    Fantastic, mind-twisting Psychological thriller!A gripping story from the beginning to the surprising end. Even when I thought I knew what was going to happen the unexpected kept happening.For pure escapism, this is one fits the genre to a tee!
  • Gerry Driver
    When Evie Clarke manages to convince Mark, a reclusive widower, to take some photographs of her, it's the beginning of a whirlwind romance. Evie soon becomes pregnant, and Mark starts to feel he has a future after the accidental death of his first wife. The one problem is Mark's overprotective sister Cleo. Cleo doesn't trust Evie and Evie doesn't trust Cleo. When Evie starts to have minor accidents at home, people begin asking questions. Then one...
  • Jacquie Harnett
    Blatantly predictable from the beginning
  • Zoé-lee O'farrell
    I am going to be completely frank and honest here and say from the outset that no words I have will do this book any justice. I mean wow what a book! When I read this I had three different theories going on in my head and I thought I was winning and then Ms Abbott just pulled the rug from out under me and I hit my head hard. That will teach me.This book is definitely, big time even, at fault for the one more chapter malarky! Why, because the chap...
  • Joaghe
    This book is very amazing.
  • Alexis
    Cleo is very protective of her brother Mark. She has been that way ever since they were children. She never liked his late wife, who fell down the stairs in their home whilst Mark was away on business. Then Mark meets Evie, and Cleo doesn't like her either. She thinks there is something not quite right about Evie. She is very clumsy, and always seems to be having terrible accidents. Evie definitely has her own agenda, but what is it?The writing o...
  • Julie Lacey
    This is a brilliant story that had me gripped all the way through. I just had to check the blurb to see what I can and can’t say about it, as I really don’t want to spoil it for you. The story focuses on three main characters, Evie who is living with Mark and his sister, Cleo. It’s clear from the beginning that Cleo does not like Evie but basically she is so protective of her brother, I don’t think she would approve of anyone. The story b...
  • Yvonne
    Mark, Evie, and Cleo… Mark is a reclusive photographer whose first wife died suddenly. He is coaxed out by Evie who wants a series of photographs taken. Cleo is Mark’s sister and is very protective of him and doesn’t appreciate Evie spending time in Mark’s life… Evie stands trial as this dark and twisted thriller unravels their stories.Wow…and Wow… and why have I not read anything by this author before…?This is such an addictive r...
  • ♡ gillian
    I don’t know if I’m getting good at solving mystery books or the author just shoved all the hints straight to my face because finally, I managed to solve the case (partly) before the big reveal even happens!I honestly enjoyed reading this book. Usually, mystery books bore me out on the first half of the book then redeem themselves only on the last few pages for the giant fucking twist. But this book engaged me from start to finish because Rac...