Happy Publication Day Mel. Tick Tock by Mel Sherratt @writermels #TickTock #localandproud #Stoke #Staffordshire @AvonBooksUK #review #TeamSherratt

Tick Tock cover

About the Book


In the city of Stoke, a teenage girl is murdered in the middle of the day, her lifeless body abandoned in a field behind her school.


Two days later, a young mother is abducted. She’s discovered strangled and dumped in a local park.


DS Grace Allendale and her team are brought in to investigate, but with a bold killer, no leads and nothing to connect the victims, the case seems hopeless. It’s only when a third woman is targeted that a sinister pattern emerges. A dangerous mind is behind these attacks, and Grace realises that the clock is ticking…

Can they catch the killer before another young woman dies?

The #1 bestseller returns with a breathtaking thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers.

My Review – I loved it!

Being a Stokie myself, Mel Sherratt’s books really hit home with me more than any other author. The story criss-crosses my city, passing by the end of my street and in a nearby park. It seriously creeps me out, even when I’m driving around I think about the author’s books. I just know where it’s all happening even if some of the place names are slightly different. I even put faces to the local newshounds!

DS Grace Allendale was born in Stoke but moved away when she was a child. She returned to the Stoke area a few months ago after working in Manchester. She’s still keen to earn her new colleague’s trust after her previous case which involved members of her estranged family.

A powerful story, it begins when a schoolgirl is murdered during a cross-country PE lesson at school. It gave me the creeps, every parent’s nightmare.

It’s close to Grace too, as the girl was a school friend of her boyfriend Simon’s daughter.

Another woman is found dead a couple of days later, but is there a link to the first case?

Grace and her team battle to find a link, and when they do I was totally not expecting it!

There are lots of twists and turns in the plot, lots of suspicions, making it a real page-turner.

Very gritty scenes, and so well described. It’s a sure fire winner, I loved it.

It can be read as a stand-alone, but for more understanding of Grace and her Stoke family I would recommend reading Hush Hush first. (link to my Hush Hush review here) The relationship with her journalist boyfriend Simon is an interesting side story and I look forward to how her personal life goes in the future.

For me, one of the bonuses of this author’s writing is the way she makes me feel like I know everyone already. There’s no confusion about who’s who, no looking back and wondering where I’d seen the name before. The depth of the characters jumps out of the page.

Mel Sherratt is one of my favourite authors, I just love her writing style and thoroughly recommend her books.

#TeamSherratt #TickTock

Thanks to Mel Sherratt and the Avon Books family for my review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication Date 2nd May 2019

Get your copy from Amazon UK here Tick Tock


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