Blog Tour 8th February 2017
Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Mel Sherratt’s new release, Don’t Look Behind You. I’m delighted to be part of it.
Also check out my fellow bloggers on today’s stop:-
Kerry at Chat About Books and Claire’s guest review at CrimeBookJunkie
I asked Mel a few questions…
How do you come up with a title? I can’t start a book without one. I also always like it to have a double meaning, and I never have only one plot, so once I find a theme, it tends to work itself around what I pick. Working with Bookouture, however, the whole team had a hand in choosing the titles for you. Neither book in this series started off titled as it is today.
How do you celebrate on publication day? As the book is published online, (although available in print too) there is no rushing off to book signings in the nearest book shop, but I do have a lot of fun online. Throughout the day, I have some very loyal readers, and reviewers, who wish me congratulations all day via social media, which makes it very special. I also have a blog tour over a week, which is great fun.
This time, I’m having an online party on Facebook as Don’t Look Behind You is my tenth crime novel. There are lots of prizes to give away, from me and from other authors. Once that’s finished at 8pm, I’ll chill with a glass of wine and a takeaway.
What is your favourite book that you’ve recently read? I’ve recently read RAGDOLL – I enjoyed it so much and was honoured to be asked for a quote:
‘RAGDOLL is such a good read – with kick-ass characters and a cleverly executed, action packed plot, it’s like a police procedural Die Hard.’
So, are you Josie Mellor or Eden Berrisford? Hmm, I like to think I’m a mixture of both. I love Eden’s feisty nature of getting the job done, yet she is caring and compassionate too. But Josie’s role of Housing Officer is one where she has to have the same qualities as Eden, but on a lower level of enforcement. She is more nurturing that Eden, but I like Eden for her grit.
Many thanks to Mel for answering my questions.
My Review – 5 stars
It was a pleasure to be reacquainted with DS Eden Berrisford and her team.
I enjoyed this even more than the first one in the series, The Girls Next Door.
For me, one of the bonuses of this author’s writing is the way she makes me feel like I know everyone already. Like I’ve known them all my life. There’s no confusion about who’s who, no looking back and wondering where I’d seen the name before. The characters are deep and rounded, and some are very unsavoury.
Three women are attacked in the space of a few days, one more brutal than others. Are they connected cases? Eden and her team start looking into the details and following up the few leads they have.
And then there’s Carla. She’s trying to forget a past of domestic violence and family tragedy. Ryan, her ex, has recently been released from jail and Carla has started to feel like he will come looking for her. She is understandingly a bit paranoid when it comes to home security. Carla has been giving advice at a women’s refuge nearby, and she definitely knows what they go through on a daily basis.
Book one gave us an insight into Eden’s family. Her husband Danny had done a runner without any hint of a relationship problem. She’d tried to contact him back then without success. Now, two years later, she’s in a new relationship with Joe. Out of the blue she gets a text from Danny. We find out why Danny went away, and the consequences that may occur.
Some of the topics covered are difficult, and the author writes about them with much care and understanding.
It got quite nail-biting in the end and I had to make myself breathe. I recommend this book 100%.
Mel Sherratt is one of my favourite authors. I’ve enjoyed everything she has written and thoroughly recommend her books. There’s no denying that I’m a big fan of her and her alter-ego Marcie Steele
I think I may need to get some Dockers 🙂
Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for my review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Publication Date 31st Jan 2017
Don’t Look Behind You ~ Amazon Links
About the book
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?
An absolutely gripping and chilling police procedural which will hook fans of Angela Marsons and Rachel Abbott.
Meet the Author
Bio: Mel Sherratt writes gritty crime dramas, psychological suspense and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as she calls it. Shortlisted for the CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in the Library Award 2014, she finds inspiration from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante and Elizabeth Haynes. Since 2012, all nine of her crime novels have been bestsellers. Four of her books are published by Amazon Publishing’s crime and thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer and she has a new series out with Bookouture.
Mel lives in Stoke-on-Trent, with her husband and terrier, Dexter, named after the TV serial killer, and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for some of her books.
Contact Mel: http://www.melsherratt.co.uk or Twitter at @writermels