Work colleague. Friend. Killer.
From the million seller author comes a gripping psychological thriller.
A successful businesswoman, Tamara enjoys her champagne lifestyle to the full. At least, that is the front she displays to the world. As well as being lonely, she’s running out of money. A promising new member of staff brings the injection of fresh blood needed to win the contract that will turn things around.
Working for Tamara is a perfect ruse for Esther. But, along with fake references and qualifications, she also has a plan for revenge. Sensing Tamara’s vulnerability, Esther uses their acquaintance as a way of getting close to someone who hurt her in the past.
Tamara is keeping things secret. Esther has a dark side she is trying to hide. For both of them, lying is a habit. But when mistakes begin to catch up with Esther, and people start dying, Tamara realises she’s chosen the wrong person to trust as a friend.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
What a brilliant opening scene! My conclusion from the first couple of sentences were totally wrong and all I could think at the end of the first couple of pages was well nothing else is getting done until I read the next couple of chapters and find out what the hell just happened. Anyway I missed lunch and all of a sudden was at the end of the book. I just couldn’t find that spot to put it down, well I didn’t want to really as I was well and truly in that zone!
Everything you do these days people ask for references, from renting a house to applying for a new job but it does make you wonder how many times these companies actually follow them up and don’t just go on gut instinct, can’t be bothered and simply haven’t got time. We all like to think we are good judges of character and so did Tamara.
To the outside world Tamara was the success that her family expected to be, the truth was she was failing big style and need a quick fix with a big client to boost her crumbling mojo. It was a no brainer to Tamara to employ Esther. Esther wasn’t just bursting with enthusiasm that fizzled, Esther brought fresh ideas into play that hadn’t been used before. Tamara was a big fish and Esther just smiled and reeled her in. Then it was time to go after the ultimate prize. Now neither of these woman had not been really honest but bejesus I just kept getting flashes of that opening scene and wondered how things were going to get there! Which of these two was going to be that woman?
Mel Sherratt had again set me up for an intense day of reading about her characters that have a multitude of different agendas to get what they want no matter what the cost. The difference though is treading on people’s toes to get what you desire or adding to the body count that is already started. One thing is for sure I was in their minds and seeing their own logic and justice and it was a place of torment. Just brilliant reading!
I wish to thank the author for an ARC of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
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