Today I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing my review of Hush Hush as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Sabah Khan for the invite and my review copy of the book.
About this book…
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?
Ok full disclosure here, I am a HUGE fan of…oatcakes and any book that features them is always going to be high on my wishlist! But if you don’t know this local delicacy then prepare yourself, because after reading Hush Hush you are going to be taking a road trip to Stoke on Trent to fill your belly! But that’s enough about the cities cuisine because there is SO much more to this book than hot oatcakes stuffed with melted cheese and crispy, salty bacon!! Mel Sherratt knows her city well and it comes alive perfectly here in this fantastically dark and gritty crime thriller, featuring her new detective DS Grace Allendale.
When Grace returns to her home city of Stoke on Trent, she returns with a secret not known by many-her connection to a local crime family. Having escaped with her mother from an violent father, Grace now has to face his other family when they become connected to a series of murders. Grace was a bit of a closed book to begin with but gradually her life away from Stoke on Trent, plus those 12 years spent there, is revealed so that we understand the decisions she makes whilst investigating her first case. It’s a disturbing crime scene that she is called to but the fact that the premises had a connection to her family makes this a difficult situation for her to cope with. But Grace was a surprisingly strong character with hidden depths and I loved following her as she sought the truth.
There was a great cast of supporting characters here, mostly new but with some familiar names popping up as well. But I felt that the city itself played a major part in my enjoyment of this shocking thriller. Mel Sherratts love and pride in her home town consistently shines throughout her narratives even when she is visiting the underbelly of her beloved Stoke. And I have to agree about Hanley being the heart of the city! But it’s a VERY long walk from the train station (especially in the dark-as I know from a rather stressful personal experience!!)
Mel Sherratt has delivered across the board here. Her first crime thriller for Avon is dark, gripping but also surprisingly touching. There’s such a strong loyalty to her setting and characters, whilst her trademark authenticity brings this book to life. I loved every single page!
Highly recommended by me!
About the author…
Mel Sherratt is the author of ten novels, all of which have become bestsellers. In 2017, she was named as one of her home town of Stoke-on-Trent’s top 100 influential people.
She lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with her husband and terrier, Dexter.