Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt #BlogTour #TheReturnofEden @bookouture

Happy publication day to Mel Sherratt! And I am absolutely thrilled to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Don’t Look Behind You on this very special day for a fabulous local author.

About this book…

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?

My review…

I have been a fan of Mel Sherratt for a few years now but I have to admit that this new series is becoming my firm favourite so far! As soon as I met DS Eden Berrisford, I knew that Mel was onto a winner. Eden was first introduced to us in The Girls Next Door, a twisty and terrifyingly realistic crime thriller set in the city of Stockleigh. In this sequel, we get to see a more personal side to Eden as she’s determined to find out why her husband Danny left her and daughter Casey and hasn’t been in touch since. But she somehow manages to put everything aside to throw herself into the search for a serial sex offender.

I don’t half love Eden! She’s a strong minded and determined kick-ass single parent who manages to juggle her home and family life with running the Community Investigation Team where she also maintains strong relationships with the other team members. She lives and works in an area she loves and knows like the back of her hand. So she is trusted by the locals to do the right thing. And she takes it very personally when her community is threatened! She’s definitely the type you need to keep onside! Having met the whole of Eden’s family last time, we are now settled into their lives and the secrets within but there was still a bit of a shock instore for me with some disclosures about Eden I HADN’T been expecting!

Twisting throughout the storyline are a number of flashbacks which some readers may find disturbing due to scenes of domestic violence. It’s pretty terrifying and had me on the edge of my seat, mainly trying to work out how it was connected to the stalker watching one of the female characters. I just knew that it was building up for a major violent confrontation and felt sick at the thought of justice not being served.

This series has really upped it’s game with this hard hitting storyline and we’ve really got a sense of who Eden is now. But where does she go from here? There is so much more to discover and I can’t wait to find out. If you haven’t read this author or series before you are really missing out! Don’t Look Behind You is a lot darker than it’s predecessor and creepy as hell! Do NOT read this when you’re alone in the house- every little noise will have your imagination working overtime so make sure you keep those lights on! A gripping must read crime drama with a high voltage finale to knock your socks off!

Don’t Look Behind You: A dark, twisting crime thriller that will grip you to the last page (Detective Eden Berrisford crime thriller series Book 2) is published by Bookouture and available to purchase now.

Meet the author…

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.

 You can find out more at her website or on Twitter at @writermels


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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