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…?
A terrifying, compelling, police procedural which will thrill fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Rachel Abbott.
Praise for Mel Sherratt
‘Sherratt is a unique voice in detective fiction.’ Mail on Sunday
‘A writer to watch out for.’ Mandasue Heller
‘Mel’s vivid imagination really brings her characters to life.’ Kerry Wilkinson
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Three teenage boys and a teenage girl are hanging out in a park. The boys spy someone they know ..someone that needs taken down. The boys rush the hooded person and one of the boys winds up stabbing the person. As the girl reaches them, she starts screaming ..they have just killed another teenage girl ... not their target at all. Six months later, those 4 teens are in jail, waiting to go to court. There begins attacks and assaults on three girls. One has paint thrown all over her. One has her beautiful long hair cut off. One girl is abandoned miles from home without her pants or coat. They all were told .... Don't Tell Or We'll Hurt You ... And then one girl is kidnapped and it becomes personal for Detective Berrisford ... the victim is her niece, Jess Mountford. Who are attacking these girls? Who kidnapped Jess? The same people .. or is there something more sinister going on? This books introduces the reader to the detective and her team of crime fighters. Eden is an interesting character, as she is a single mom of a teenage girl. Her husband disappeared 2 years ago and only she knows the real reason why. I'm hoping to see more character development as books are added to this series. There is not a lot of suspense, no twists or turns, nor any major surprise. As a reader, I was expecting a lot more action, it just wasn't there. Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Netgalley who provided a digital copy of this novel. The opinion expressed here is unbiased and entirely my own. 3.5 Stars
Definitely quite the plot twists going on in this book and there was absolutely no way I could put it down. The night of attacks were certainly creative and humiliating to the victims. They were also very creepy and spine tingling. This was my first book by this author, but it won't be my last! Thanks Bookouture and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review