THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR by MEL SHERRATT#blogtour#newrelease@Bookouture@writermels

I am so very excited to be included in taking part on this blog tour for Mel Sherratt’s new novel The Girls Next Door. This is the first book in a new series and wow what a way to start! Also check out Linda’s Book Bag today too.



One warm spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive.

Six months after the stabbing of sixteen-year-old Deanna Barker, 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 Mountford, goes missing, the case gets personal.

With the kidnapper threatening Jess’s life, can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter…?


As soon as you start to read the first page an uneasiness comes over you, a feeling of dread that sits on your shoulder and manifests into fear, disbelief and realisation as you become witness to an unthinkable crime. One that will have devastating consequences for more than one family.

Mel Sherratt had me more than hooked. I was reeled in and utterly bound to this book that I knew by page 3 I would have to finish in one session, everything else would have to be put on hold. The apprehension and fear was constant throughout each chapter with, at times, very violent and realistic attacks. The story is gripping and very modern to todays way of life especially with the younger generations in society. This novel covers so many issues that I believe most people will relate to in so many ways.

This is the start of a new series for Mel Sherratt and what a brilliant way to introduce the new main character Eden Berrisford both as a D.S. and also through her personal life. This is going to be a fantastic series.

I wish to thank Bookouture for a advance copy of this novel,  I chose to do this review.


I write police procedurals, psychological suspense and women’s fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as I call it. Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in Library Award 2014, my inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes.

TAUNTING THE DEAD is part police procedural/part psychological thriller. It has been a standalone for two years but I have now written two more books with Detective Sergeant Allie Shenton as a main character and created a new series. FOLLOW THE LEADER will be published on 10 February 2015 followed by ONLY THE BRAVE on 26 May 2015.

THE ESTATE SERIES are a mix of women’s fiction, psychological suspense and crime thriller. They are often too dark for women’s fiction alone – although the subject matters and issues are often referred to in this genre – too light in places for crime thrillers, and often not enough for the psychological suspense readers out there. They are drama meets crime.

WATCHING OVER YOU is a standalone psychological thriller. It’s dark in places, light in places, disturbing in places too – where obsession and friendship turns to murder.

I live in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with my husband and terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer) and makes liberal use of my hometown as a backdrop for some of my books. You can find out more at my website or I’m on Twitter at @writermels

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