Today I am absolutely thrilled to be the last stop on the blog tour for The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt, her first book for publisher Bookouture! And I’m sharing my date with the fabulous Emma Welton so check out her review over at damppebbles
About this book…
One warm spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive.
Six months after the stabbing of fifteen-year-old Deanna Miller, someone is coming after the teenagers of Stockleigh, as a spate of vicious assaults rocks this small community. Revenge for Deanna? Or something more?
Detective Eden Berrisford is locked into a race against time to catch the twisted individual behind the attacks – but when her own niece, Jess Mount, goes missing, the case gets personal.
With the kidnapper threatening Jess’ life, can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter…?
I’ve been a big fan of this author for a good few years now especially her DS Allie Shenton series so I was very keen to see what she would do with a new publisher and a new feature character. And I have to say that she has got this new series off to a great start and I LOVE DS Eden Berrisford!
There is a real sense of family loyalty here as we meet not only Eden and her daughter but her sister Laura and Laura’s two girls Sarah and Jess. I must say though that I did feel poor Laura had the short straw with her ordinary name compared to the exotically named Eden! But I probably felt more empathy with Laura, struggling to bring up her daughters as a single working mum and having one of them going through those awkward teenage years. Jess was a brilliantly realistic character creation, a teenager who’s friends and boyfriend are more important to her than her own family even if they are a bad influence on her. And then there is her best friend Katie, who has found out the hard way that being in with the wrong crowd can have serious and long lasting consequences.
As usual Mel has set her story up in a community that has echoes of the places she knows and loves. And this is what I love, as it could be any of our friends or neighbours suffering in this way. When Jess is taken and her friends attacked, suspicion falls on the local troublemakers but Eden is determined not to jump to any conclusions. The whole community is in a state of shock due to the recent murder and she needs to keep control of the situation to prevent anyone handing out their own form of justice. I found it very easy to imagine this crime being reported on Signal One, our local radio station for the Stoke area-it felt that realistic!
Once I picked this up it was pretty impossible to put it down-it was that addictive! And I didn’t work out where it was going with it’s surprising plot twists, which is always a huge positive for a crime fan like me. This is a great start to the new series and I’m really looking forward to seeing what develops next for DS Eden Berrisford. She’s my kind of girl!
Thanks to the publisher Bookouture for my review copy of The Girls Next Door.
The Girls Next Door: A gripping, edge-of-your-seat crime thriller (Detective Eden Berrisford crime thriller series Book 1) is published by Bookouture on 27th October and available to buy here at Amazon UK
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