Invisible Victim by Mel Sherratt #coverreveal @writermels @bookouture

I’m delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for the new psychological thriller by Mel Sherratt, Invisible Victim which is being published by Bookouture on the 28th June 2021. This sounds really intriguing and I can’t wait to read it. But before I reveal the cover, let’s take a look at the blurb.

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‘Let me out! Please!’ I shouted, banging on the door. How had I got here? What day was it? I couldn’t remember anything. But I knew I had become the fifth woman to be abducted.

As my eyes adjust to the darkness, I’m filled with dread. Everything looks just like the others described: a small hole in the door, a mattress and a narrow window allowing only a small chink of light. The jewellery given to me by my loving husband has gone and I’m in someone else’s clothes.

Just days before, I had interviewed the third victim for the local paper. She couldn’t stop shaking. Her story was the same as those before her: an ordinary woman, locked away for ten days then released with no explanation, and nothing – nothing she could think of – to link her to the others. Throughout the ordeal, her abductor stayed eerily silent.

I tell myself I’ll be safe in ten days. But I can’t help thinking of the fourth victim who is still missing. And then I hear the voice coming through the door. “You said everything would be fine. But it wasn’t was it?” It is then that I realise. If I am to make it out alive, I need to revisit a dark secret of my own that I have spent a lifetime trying to forget.

Now for the all important cover:

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Liar Liar by Mel Sherratt #bookreview blog tour @writermels

I’ve become a huge fan of Mel Sherratt’s DS Grace Allendale series and I’m delighted to be sharing my review of her latest book, Liar Liar as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Sanjana Cunniah at Avon Books for inviting me to take part.

Liar Liar: The unmissable new crime thriller from the million copy bestseller (DS Grace Allendale, Book 3) by [Sherratt, Mel]

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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…

MY THOUGHTS

Liar Liar is such an intense read by Mel Sherratt. Opening with the horrific scene of a small boy falling from a five-meter high railing, DS Grace Allendale is thrown into a difficult and frustrating investigation. It is clear that there is more to what happened than what first meets the eye, but there are very few people who are willing to come forward to tell the police what they know. Grace even suspects that the boy’s parents are keeping secrets from her. But who has such a tight hold on this community? Why are the boy’s parents, Luke and Ruby so afraid?

What makes Mel Sherratt’s lead detective so fascinating is that she has links to a local criminal gang who are at the top of the pecking order. Some of the ruthless criminals Grace has come across in her career are scared of them. Grace has only recently become reacquainted with her family, and you can see that it is tough for her. This is what makes Grace so intriguing to me, and I’m really keen to see this part of her life develop further. How long will they be able to keep acting harmoniously towards each other? We don’t hear much from them in the latest book in the series, but there are references to them, you quickly get the sense that they are a family not to be crossed with.

Liar Liar is very tightly plotted. There are a lot of lies that run very deep in some of the characters in this book. It’s no easy task for Grace, who has to try and wring them out of the witnesses to piece together what happened to the young boy. I could see just how frightened his parents were, and I wanted to get to the bottom of what was keeping them from telling the police everything. When the reveals did come, I thought they were very convincing. You can tell that Mel Sherratt has put a lot of thought into this and into sketching out the lives of her characters.

A part of the novel I also liked, were the flashback scenes, where we visit Ruby ten years earlier. Mel Sherratt built this part of the plot really well. As I started reading these scenes, my mind kept jumping ahead to what was happening in the present as I tried to work out how the two timelines were going to marry up.

The majority of the novel is set in a block of flats called Harrison House. Throughout the entirety of the book, it felt as though a dark cloud was hanging over it. There seemed to be danger at every corner here. Mel Sherratt painted a really gloomy atmosphere, but there is also some lightness and a sense of community, particularly, I thought with Luke and Ruby’s neighbour.

Liar Liar is another absolutely gripping read by Mel Sherratt with great characters who you will be rooting for. Very, very good!

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 10th February 2020

Print length: 400 pages

Liar Liar is available to buy from the following retailers:

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Tick Tock by Mel Sherratt #bookreview blog tour @writermels @AvonBooksUK

Today I’m thrilled to be joining the blog tour for Tick Tock by Mel Sherratt, the second book in the DS Grace Allendale series, with thanks to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to take part.

Tick Tock: The gripping new crime thriller from the million copy bestseller by [Sherratt, Mel]

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In the city of Stoke, a teenage girl is murdered in the middle of the day, her lifeless body abandoned in a field behind her school.

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Two days later, a young mother is abducted. She’s discovered strangled and dumped in a local park.

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DS Grace Allendale and her team are brought in to investigate, but with a bold killer, no leads and nothing to connect the victims, the case seems hopeless. It’s only when a third woman is targeted that a sinister pattern emerges. A dangerous mind is behind these attacks, and Grace realises that the clock is ticking…

Can they catch the killer before another young woman dies?

MY THOUGHTS

I absolutely loved Hush Hush, the first book in the DS Grace Allendale series, so I was very excited to read Tick Tock. Opening up with the discovery of the body of a young girl, after she broke away from her friends during a cross country run, an intense police investigation ensues. Who could kill a young girl like this and in broad daylight? What was going on in her personal life? As Grace and her team race to find a killer, another body is found, and a scary thought crosses Grace’s mind which terrifies her team.

DS Grace Allendale is such an interesting character. In the first book in the series, Mel Sherratt explored her roots and the family she is trying desperately hard not to be a part of, a family who are well known to the police. We do get to see her struggles with her family again in this book, and they are trying to keep an eye on her and to reel her into their world. But is this simply because she is a police officer and that she could potentially be a valuable asset to them?

When I read the first opening chapter, I was shocked at how the killer managed to kill their first victim so quickly and easily without anyone seeing anything. I couldn’t believe how brazen they were to commit this act in broad daylight and in public. This is what drew me into the story. I had to find out who could do such a thing and why. I knew then that the young girl wasn’t going to be the first and that this was going to be a tough case for Grace and the rest of her team to crack. I could sense the race against time to bring the person responsible to justice.

I did not predict the final outcome of this book at all. The pace never drops, and there is a chilling atmosphere which runs right throughout the book as Grace and her team chase down leads and interview suspects. As I mentioned earlier, a scary thought crosses Grace’s mind, and I could really sense the fear the police officers felt as it dawned on them what could potentially be happening as they tried to work out the killer’s motive.

The mystery here will draw you in, and you won’t be able to stop turning those pages until you have found out the answers. Chilling, gritty and absolutely gripping this is another top read from Mel Sherratt. I can’t wait for her next book.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 2nd May 2019

Print length: 400 pages

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Hush Hush: 'An absolute masterpiece’ Angela Marsons (the most gripping crime thriller of 2018) by [Sherratt, Mel]

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A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It’s up to DS Grace Allendale to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team.

All clues lead to local crime family the Steeles, but that’s where things get complicated. Because the Steeles aren’t just any family, they’re Grace’s family. Two brothers and two sisters, connected by the violent father only Grace and her mother escaped.

To catch the killer, Grace will have to choose between her team and her blood. But who do you trust, when both sides are out to get you?

MY THOUGHTS

Hush Hush was insanely gripping. I gulped down the first hundred pages of this book in one sitting. This is the first book by Mel Sherratt which I have read, although I still have her previous novels sitting on my kindle which I will be reading very soon after finishing this. I love the way how Mel Sherratt writes; I can see now what I have been missing out on. If you enjoy dark and gritty crime fiction, then this is definitely the book for you. It’s the start of what promises to be an addictive and an exciting new series.

Grace Allendale is a welcome addition to the crime world. She’s a tenacious detective but hides a harrowing past which she would rather keep from her fellow police officers. Grace is connected to a family who are well known to the police and to the criminal underworld. When a current spate of murders pulls her back to her roots, she knows that this particular case is going to be tricky and she fights to stay on it, despite facing opposition from her superiors. Can she really investigate her own family? And soon it appears that Grace herself may be a target.

This was a brilliant introduction to Grace’s character. Throughout the book, Mel gives us a glimpse into Grace’s former life in some uncomfortable and disturbing scenes. You get the sense of just how difficult the cases that Grace is investigating in the future may be for her as she is swept back into her family’s fold. Although I could feel that there was an eagerness on both sides to get to know each other more, I kept wondering how Grace was going to respond to this, especially, if this meant putting her career in the police force at risk.

There is some excellent dialogue, keeping the pace going; I just wanted to keep reading and I didn’t want to put it down. It is a very easy book to get into and it will sweep you into its murky depths. Grace is a character who you can easily root for and the end will certainly leave you wanting more from this author.

Hush Hush is an absolutely gripping read and it marks the start of a series that I will be following with a keen eye. I’m sure this book will win Mel lots and lots of new fans, it has certainly won me over. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Excellent stuff.  Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to take part in the tour and for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 18th October 2018

Print length: 400 pages

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