BLOG TOUR: The Girl’s Next Door by Mel Sherratt (Eden Berrisford #1)


Synopsis: One warm spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive.

Six months after the stabbing of fifteen-year-old Deanna Miller, 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 Mount, goes missing, the case gets personal.

With the kidnapper threatening Jess’ life, can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter…?

Kat’s Rating: 4/5

Kat’s Review: So Mel Sherratt has again produced another great start to a series this time introducing us to Eden Berrisford. The book opens with a case of mistaken identity and results in a young girl Deanna Barker being stabbed to death.  The young girl Kate who we initially meet finds herself pulled into the case and is awaiting her trial to find out her part in the murder along with other young teens. Kate’s friend Jess happens to be Eden’s niece and when she goes missing one evening along with attacks on numerous other teenagers everyone wonders if the two cases are linked. 

The one thing that felt different in this book compared to other books by Mel is that I didn’t really get that much of a feel for Eden. You certainly find out some of her history, along with meeting her current boyfriend and teenage daughter, but for some reason I felt like I didn’t really know that much about her! Her sister, and the mother of missing Jess I felt like I knew a lot better. We see the horrific journey she goes through as a Mother imagining the worst, along with the fact that Eden in her posoition within the Police seems to be no further forward either.

The book was certainly gripping and all along I thought I knew what had happened to Jess, however I was surprised at how that element of the story went which was a nice surprise. The one thing about this book that was good was the realism, and in this country we have probably all read about teenagers either being part of attacks or on the receiving end of them. This led to a pretty authentic sounding story. Although I didn’t feel the connection with Eden, this gives you a solid start to a series and I am actually looking forward to reading the next one to find out where Mel Sherratt takes this character. Sadly, Mel has shot herself in the foot as she has created such amazing books in the past her own benchmark is pretty high! Her Allie Shenton books are absolutely awesome and I think I will be hard pushed to find a character I love more, that said this is a great read and looks like it could become another one of her hugely popular series.

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