Welcome to my stop on Mel Sherratt’s Liar Liar blog tour! I am absolutely OVER THE MOON to be sharing my thoughts about this awesome book with you all today! 🙂
WOW! I know I’m in for a treat when there is a new Mel Sherratt book to read and this one blew me away, once again! I honestly don’t know how Mel Sherratt does it.
Liar Liar is the third book in the DS Grace Allendale series and, I think, could be easily enjoyed as a standalone, but I would highly recommend you read books one and two also, if you haven’t already, if for no other reason than you are really missing out if you don’t.
This story is quite terrifying and heart-wrenching. Grace and her team are faced with a new investigation when two-year-old Tyler is injured having fallen from the balcony outside the flat where he lives with his parents, Ruby and Luke, and older sister, Lily. I can’t even begin to imagine the trauma Ruby and Luke endure after such a horrific accident. Was it an accident though? It soon becomes clear that there is more to this ‘accident’ than meets the eye and Grace suspects that the parents know more than they are letting on, but why would they lie about such a thing? Without evidence or witnesses willing to talk there isn’t much to go on and Grace faces a frustrating battle to get to the truth before anyone else gets hurt.
This is a police procedural crime thriller but, as always with Mel Sherratt, the characters are the heart of the story. I am always fascinated by them and captivated by their stories. Ruby particularly broke my heart, bless her. How someone so young, who has been through so much, still manages to attempt a ‘normal’ life with her partner and two young children is beyond me. Keeping her secrets close to her chest in the hope of keeping them all safe from her past but knowing it will catch up with them eventually must be absolutely terrifying. Stories like these make me so thankful for our relatively simple, quiet life. I know this is fiction, but I know people live like this in the real world and I can’t think of anything worse than living every day is such debilitating fear.
There are some seriously evil characters in this story, who really made me feel sick to my stomach. Why some people relish in another person’s misery and fear is truly horrifying, but still these people are very real and believable. There is real evil in this world.
Liar Liar is undoubtedly a five-star read, in my opinion. The suspense and intrigue kept me gripped to the very last page and although my heart broke for Ruby, I was glad there is some closure in the end. This is a case I am unlikely to forget for a long time to come and I’m sure DS Grace Allendale would say the same.
This series keeps going from strength to strength and I can’t wait for book four. Grace is easily one of my favourite detectives.
Many thanks to the author and publisher for my ARC via Netgalley. I had pre-ordered the kindle version also and will be purchasing a paperback copy for my bookshelf, which I hope Mel Sherratt might sign for me, sometime soon! 😊
‘An absolute masterpiece’ ANGELA MARSONS
The gripping new novel from million-copy bestseller, Mel Sherratt.
‘I love all Mel Sherratt’s books’ IAN RANKIN
‘Twists and turns and delivers a satisfying shot of tension’ RACHEL ABBOTT
The truth can be a dangerous thing…
When a young boy falls from a balcony in a block of flats, DS Grace Allendale witnesses the shocking aftermath of the tragic event. But strangely, no one will admit to seeing anything – and the parents will only tell the police that it was an accident.
Determined to sort the truth from the lies, Grace is thrown into a case that takes her to the darkest corners of the criminal world – and strikes closer to home than she could have ever imagined…
A gripping and pacey thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the moment you turn the first page. The perfect read for fans of Martina Cole.
About the author
My novels take you to the heart of the crime. I write police procedurals, psychological suspense and crime dramas – fiction with a punch. Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in Library Award, my inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes.
Since 2012, I’ve sold 1.5 million books. All eleven of my crime novels have been bestsellers, each one climbing into the Kindle UK top 10 and I’ve had several number ones. I’ve also had numerous Kindle All-star awards, for best read author and best titles.
My latest series features DS Grace Allendale, HUSH HUSH being the first one and TICK TOCK the second.
SHE DID IT is a standalone psychological thriller, and my first novel set in London. I wanted to write about a character who was nice to everyone using one persona but out for revenge with another side to her that she tries to keep hidden away. The reader knows exactly what she is up to – but not the reason why.
TAUNTING THE DEAD is my best selling book to date. It’s part police procedural/part psychological thriller. It was standalone for two years but I have now written two more books with Detective Sergeant Allie Shenton as the main character to create a trilogy. FOLLOW THE LEADER is book two and ONLY THE BRAVE is book three.
THE ESTATE SERIES is a mix of psychological suspense and family life with a sprinkling of grit and a dash of menace – where drama meets crime. There are four books, available individually or the first three as a box set.
DETECTIVE EDEN BERRISFORD works in a community intelligence team and helps to gather information and intel for investigations. THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR is the first book, followed by DON’T LOOK BEHIND YOU.
WATCHING OVER YOU is another standalone psychological thriller. It’s dark in places, light in places, disturbing in places too – where obsession and friendship turn into murder.
I live in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with my husband and terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer) and make liberal use of my hometown as a backdrop for some of my books. You can find out more at my website http://www.melsherratt.co.uk or I’m on Twitter at @writermels
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