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.
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
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