I am absolutely OVER THE MOON to be joining in with Mel Sherratt’s Tick Tock blog tour with Avon! 🙂
If you haven’t read this yet, you really should!
OH MY GOODNESS!! Gripping would be an absolute understatement!
Having read and loved all of Mel Sherratt’s books, most recently Hush Hush, I knew I was in for a treat when starting Tick Tock.
It has been great catching up with Grace once again, although I don’t envy her circumstances. This book starts with the murder of a local teenage girl, left dead in a field whilst out cross-country running with her class at school. You don’t get much more hard hitting than that! As the mother of two teenagers I can only imagine the devastation. You trust that they are safe when at school, but it just goes to show that anything is possible when you have someone determined to cause others harm. The most terrifying things is, these things actually happen.
When another victim is discovered just a few days later, the two don’t seem to be connected in any way. Surely there aren’t two different killers on the loose in the same week, but nothing is adding up. It’s only when a third victim is targeted that things start to fall into place, but it’s going to be a race against time to catch this killer before anyone else gets hurt. Grace and her team work flat out, as always, to avoid any more heartache for anyone, but it’s no easy task as I’m sure you can imagine.
Tick Tock is such a brilliantly written fast-paced police procedural and one which is extremely difficult to put down. It kept me up late in to the night as each chapter makes it impossible to not read the next!
I love that it’s set in Stoke-on-Trent. I was born and raised here (well, Newcastle-under-Lyme, just outside of Stoke) and I love that I recognise all the places mentioned. My Dad & Step-Mum live not far from the Cafe Nero on the three roundabouts in Smallthorne and I have enjoyed more than one visit to The Quarter Cafe. I will be going again next week with my friend, Gayle 🙂
I also love that we get to learn a little bit more about Grace from a personal perspective too. I enjoyed the relationship she is building with Simon and the difficulties she faces with his teenage daughter not wanting to accept her as his partner. For me, these aspects really make these books stand out from some other crime thrillers which might have excellent plots, but not as much focus on the characters. Mel Sherratt knows how to write characters! Most are instantly likeable but, of course, some not so much, but equally fascinating and all entirely believable.
Overall though this is a chilling story and it made my blood run cold on more than one occasion.
I highly recommend!
Many thanks to the author & publisher for my review copy.
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