Publisher: Bookouture (31st January 2017)
Wow, this is another emotional roller-coaster of a read. Mel Sherratt never fails to keep you on the edge of your seat! Having read, and loved, The Girls Next Door: A gripping, edge-of-your-seat crime thriller (Detective Eden Berrisford crime thriller series Book 1) I couldn’t wait to read book 2. I was quite confident that I would love it and I wasn’t wrong! I’m over the moon to be a part of the blog tour for this brilliant book.
If you haven’t read book 1 as yet, then I would recommend you do so, before reading Don’t Look Behind You, as certain aspects of the story follow on from Book 1.
I have thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Detective Eden Berrisford again. She is a brilliant and very likeable character. She’s highly professional and loyal to her colleagues, always determined to keep the residents of Stockleigh as safe as she possible can. She’s also a mother, a sister, an aunt and her family mean the world to her. I hope (and I’m sure there are) people like her on our local police force.
Eden and her team have quite a challenge on their hands when three women are brutally attacked within a few days of each other. Are these attacks linked or just random? As the team try to piece together the facts before anyone else gets hurt, Carla is trying to piece her life together and move on from her abusive husband, which will prove more difficult now that he has been released from prison. She knows he will come back for her, but she’s determined not to let him get the better of her again.
Will Eden catch this savage attacker before he gets the chance to hurt anyone else and will Carla ever be able to move on with her life without constantly looking over her shoulder.
Don’t Look Behind You is a fast-paced police procedural, with short chapters adding to the intensity of the story. It deals with the sensitive subject of domestic abuse, and assault, in fairly graphic detail at times, so it’s not entirely an easy read. It’s heart-breaking to think that there are many people out there suffering abuse at the hands of someone they should be able to trust with their lives. As well as people trying to re-build their lives after being attacked in or around their homes, where they should be able to feel safe.
I liked how we got more of an insight into Eden’s personal life and the reasons that Danny left without any explanation. He’s put her, and their daughter, in a potentially dangerous situation and I’m pretty sure we haven’t heard the end of this aspect of her story.
A brilliantly written, character driven, tense and sometimes heart-breaking story. The last few chapters, in particular, had me holding my breath.
I have to say though, as much as I can’t wait to read Mel’s books, at the same time I never want them to end!
I can’t wait for book 3!
Many thanks to Mel Sherratt and Bookouture for my advance copy of Don’t Look Behind You.
Don’t Look Behind You
She got into bed but sleep didn’t come easily. Every creak in the house made her alert. She was waiting for him to come and get her.
The small city of Stockleigh is in shock as three women are brutally attacked within days of each other. Are they random acts of violence or is there a link between the victims? For Detective Eden Berrisford, it’s her most chilling case yet.
The investigation leads Eden to cross paths with Carla, a woman trying to rebuild her life after her marriage to a cruel and abusive man ended in unimaginable tragedy. Her husband Ryan was imprisoned for his crimes but, now he’s out and coming for her.
As Eden starts to close in on the attacker, she also puts herself in grave danger. Can she stop him before he strikes again? And can Carla, terrified for her life, save herself – before the past wreaks a terrible revenge?
An absolutely gripping and chilling police procedural which will hook fans of Angela Marsons and Rachel Abbott.
Buy your copy HERE
Mel Sherratt – Bio
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.
Don’t Look Behind You ~ Amazon Links
http://www.melsherratt.co.uk or Twitter at @writermels
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