Today it is my great pleasure to join the blog tour for Tick Tock, the latest Grace Allendale thriller from Mel Sherratt. A big thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to join the tour and to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review. Here’s what the book is all about:
About the Book
A gripping new series from million-copy bestseller Mel Sherratt.
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 number one bestselling author returns with a breath-taking police procedural thriller series that will have you on the edge of your seat.Available from : Amazon | Kobo | Waterstones | Playstore | iBooks
It is only book two in the series, but I have to say that they just keep getting better. Now settled into her new role as Sergeant back in her home town (city) of Stoke, Grace Allendale finds herself faced with a tragic and somewhat devastating case when the body of a teenage schoolgirl is found by her friends, right in the middle of the school day, and only metres from where they had left her just moments earlier. How can a killer be so brazen? And while it’s complicated enough dealing with a case involving children, with the investigation moving close to home once again, Grace finds the pressure not only on her and her team at work, but also complicating her love life too.
Now Grace is a very likeable character with a complicated family life. She never lets it affect her work, if anything it drives her to be even more successful and to prove she is nothing like her father, but it does add to her character, and provides plenty of conflict. It is less obvious this time around than in book one, but slowly and surely Grace is being drawn into the family, whether she likes it or not. There is a curious and intriguing dynamic between her and her half brother, Eddie, one that makes me smile probably every bit as much as it annoys Grace. I’m desperate to see how this keep developing moving forward, and how the strain between Grace and her other brother, Leon, grows too.
Now this case really ups the pressure on Grace and the first murder is sadly not the last. There are no end of suspects, but all the leads the police think they have go nowhere, leaving the team perplexed. It really adds to the tension and pressure that builds as you read onward. There are some moments which seem inevitable, where you can’t help but marvel at the naivety of some of the characters, no matter how true to life it might seem. But there are moments that will surprise you too, and perhaps catch you unawares as the real killer remains well hidden in amongst a large cast of characters.
Mel Sherratt has done a great job of recreating that kind of teenage vibe – the sense that, no matter what, no matter that one of their friends has been murdered, they are still untouchable. Invincible. It adds authenticity and an edge of jeopardy to the story. She has also done a brilliant job of bringing Stoke to life and although employing some artistic licence, has captured the spirit of the city completely.
All in all Tick Tock was a thoroughly enjoyable, often tense, cleverly plotted book where the killer remains hidden in plain sight right until the last. Full of edge of the seat moments, it’ll keep fans turning the pages late into the night.
About the Author
Mel Sherratt is the author of thirteen crime novels, all of which have become bestsellers. For the past four years, she has been named as one of her home town of Stoke-on-Trent’s top 100 influential people.
She also works alongside the National Literary Trust as an ambassador on The Literary Project, to support their ongoing work in the city, aiming to raise literacy levels.
She lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with her husband and terrier, Dexter.
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