I am absolutely over the moon to be jointly kicking off the blog tour for Mel Sherratt’s latest offering, The Girls Next Door with the very lovely Sharon Bairden over at Chapter In My Life (be sure to pop over and see what she thinks too!)
In fact, I did lots of squealing when I was asked to be involved – the happy dance even got busted out!
For those of you who have been living under rocks for the last 4 years, let me introduce you to one of the BEST authors you need to start reading – Mel Sherratt writes gritty crime dramas, psychological suspense and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as she calls it. Shortlisted for the CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in the Library Award 2014, she finds inspiration from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante and Elizabeth Haynes. Since 2012, all nine of her crime novels have been bestsellers.
Four of her books are published by Amazon Publishing’s crime and thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer and she has a new series out with Bookouture.
Mel lives in Stoke-on-Trent, with her husband and terrier, Dexter, named after the TV serial killer, and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for some of her books.
I knew I was in for a real treat when I received this book from the ACE team over at Bookouture and boy was I right!
One warm spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive.
Six months after the stabbing of fifteen-year-old Deanna Miller, someone is coming after the teenagers of Stockleigh, as a spate of vicious assaults rocks this small community. Revenge for Deanna? Or something more?
Detective Eden Berrisford is locked into a race against time to catch the twisted individual behind the attacks – but when her own niece, Jess Mount, goes missing, the case gets personal.
With the kidnapper threatening Jess’ life, can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter…?
The Girls Next Door starts with a bang, and then never lets up!
In the run up to the trial of those accused of stabbing Deanna Miller, Detective Eden Berrisford is driving home from the station when she sees a young girl running down the street covered in paint. Not only is it her duty as a police officer to ensure the girl is safe, she is a mother and aunt, with a daughter and niece the same age as the girl.
Dropping her safely at home, Eden is yet to realise that this is just the start of her worst weekend at work to date.
I really warmed to Eden. She’s the new kid on the block (in the land of books) when it comes to female protagonists, and I liked what I saw. She’s a mother, an aunt, she has family, she has friends, her colleagues like her and she has a boyfriend. Not the typical, hard faced, unapproachable, friendless, loveless female officer we are used to reading about! She doesn’t push her superiors, she appears to be totally above board. Appearances eh?
As you would expect in a crime thriller, all is not as it seems, who has exacted their revenge on these teenagers? Is it anything to do with the stabbing of Deanna Miller? If not, who would want to hurt these kids? What have they done to deserve this?
The Girls Next Door is a really fast paced, thrill a minute read that never lets up! It’s brilliant!
Sherratt writes in a way that keeps you completely engaged during every step of the investigation, and, as the secrets, histories, truths and lies start to unravel, she superbly weaves a tale of who-dun-it that will leave you breathless!
I quite simply loved this book . . .
And I know you will too so off you pop lovelies and buy it – IT’S OUT TODAY!!!!
Make sure you follow the ret of the tour folks! You’re in a for a treat with this one!!!!