#BlogTour #Review – Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt (@writermels) @bookouture

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Blurb.

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?

What does TWG think?

Thrilled to be one of the blog stops today for the very talented, Mel Sherratt, and her new release; ‘Don’t Look Behind You’.

Detective Eden Berrisford is back; and boy is she back with a bang! Eden is leading the investigations for three separate, horrific incidents all involving women. If Eden can’t solve the crimes then who can? In Mel’s previous novel ‘The Girl Next Door’, Eden Berrisford showed promise as an influential character, especially given the fact that she is a tough nut! I would dread to be on the wrong side of her and Eden certainly moves her ‘showing promise’ status up a notch in this storyline.

The topics Mel Sherratt covered in the book, for me, were extremely difficult to read as I couldn’t switch off from them being too close to home. Even though the harrowing situations are happening in our world today, I did find it hard to be face to face with my demon. However, due to my own personal experiences with the topics, I was impressed at the attention to detail with those cases, and the careful steps Mel Sherratt took to ensure the situations were written sensitively, but real.

Right from the very beginning the storyline oozed depth and pure grit. It was pretty clear to see that the author wanted the reader to focus solely on the novel as the way she drip fed pieces of information, instead of just going WHAM with it, was enough to keep my curiosity and interest severely peaked. A very, very clever style of writing.

Detective Eden Berrisford is definitely THE heroine to look up to and keep on side. Her character is just phenonmenal and Mel Sherratt has really struck gold by writing such a kick ass detective that us ladies will aspire to become (even adults can have dreams, right?).

Overall, I enjoyed ‘Don’t Look Behind You’ because it was incredibly gripping and oozed power, showcasing Mel Sherratt’s phenomenal writing style. A style you’d need to be insane NOT to like. I did let my own personal demons overshadow my enjoyment of the storyline I admit, but even with that pesky demon, you can’t go wrong with a Mel Sherratt novel AND Detective Eden Berrisford can you?

Thank you Bookouture!

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In case you have missed any of the other bloggers stops on the tour:

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#TheGirlsNextDoor by Mel Sherratt (@writermels) #HelpMe #BlogTour! @bookouture

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Blurb.

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…?

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What does TWG think?

Forgive me Mel, for I have….sinned? Please don’t be writing me into your next book as a ‘going, going, gone’ style character as I hadn’t read any of your other gritty crime books before I read this one! I know, truly ashamed. However, oh my gooooodness!!!!! What a book to start with of Mel’s!

A teenage girl has been stabbed. Someone’s daughter. Someone’s friend…stabbed. Unfortunately, the attacks don’t seem to end there. Someone is out for blood, literally, and it doesn’t seem to matter who’s it is. Or does it? Detective Eden Berrisford is the brains behind the case and is determined to get to the bottom of the attacks. The thing is, it’s about to get a whole lot personal…

I don’t think the trail of goosebumps ever left my arms while I was reading this book. The fast paced, intense storyline kept me on my toes and my nerves nearly at breaking point. Not only has Mel Sherratt written about horrific murders and gangs, she has written about a Detective with feelings. One that isn’t afraid to show who she really is. Despite the sensitive side of Detective Eden, she just oozes sass and feistiness. If I could long to be a character from a book, I would LOVE to be her!

At first I did feel a bit overwhelmed as we are thrown straight into the storyline and having a lot of information to digest as well as trying to keep up with unfolding events. However, you need to set the scene before you delve into the ‘whodunnits’, so that is exactly what Mel has done. I was just a tad slow on realising that at the time.

The storyline hops from one thing to another with such grace and intensity; I was truly amazed by the ease of which it all pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle. Especially given the realistic feel with many of the scenes. Genius.

A nail-biting and stomach churning read that is full of intensity, emotion and the shock factor! I’m looking forward to taking a journey again with Detective Eden Berrisford!

Thank you for having me on the tour!

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The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt, published by Bookouture, is available to buy right now from Amazon UK.