Written in the Scars by Mel Sherratt

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Book description

After years of living as a single parent, all Donna Adams longs for is someone to make her smile, to share hopes and dreams with, to keep her warm at night. But when that certain someone gives her the attention she craves, true love doesn’t always follow the right path.

Home from the army, Lewis is a changed man. Angry and consumed by grief, troubled by nightmares and flashbacks, his mind is worse now than ever. Shutting out what he’s seen isn’t easy, but he risks losing everything he’s come back to if he doesn’t, including his sanity.

Megan Cooper hides her scars for fear of being rejected. Mary Marshall can’t always remember how she got hers.

If the past could be erased to make a better future, we’d all want that, wouldn’t we? But life is never that easy for the residents of The Mitchell Estate…

The estate series series is based on the fictional city of Stockleigh, but in reality it could be an estate in any part of the country, Although fictional, Written in the Stars is as close to reality as it gets, full of dysfunctional families, social problems, crime and violence. Written in the Scars could have been filled with stereotypes, but Mel manages to avoid this by giving the reader well developed characters, who could very well be a neighbour or someone we know. The storyline flows along effortlessly, with plenty of drama along the way. You cannot help but feel empathy for most of the characters as they deal with the ups and downs of their daily life’s.

Written in the Scars deals with difficult subjects such as post traumatic stress disorder, abuse, and rape, but Mel Sherratt manages to write about these difficult subject in a sensitive manner. It also appears Mel has researched her subject matter well, helping the reader to understand and sympathise with the characters. The title subject of the book runs throughout, in that sometimes scars aren’t just the ones you can see, but people have hidden ones to, scars that make up the fabric of Mel’s characters. This book is about how people deal with both, or in some cases how people choose not to deal with their problems head on, and make wrong life choices, believing they are doing the right thing at the time.

Written in the scars could have been a depressing read considering the subject matter and its characters, but this book manages to put a positive spin on living in such an estate. Yes people may have problems, but even in deprived estates there are always people willing to give a helping hand and support those less fortunate than themselves. Written in the Scars is even more believable as it doesn’t have a fairy tale ending, but you are left feeling the characters you have met, may have a better life just around the corner. A gritty read with plenty of bite, Mel goes from strength to strength with her Mitchell estate series, I do so hope this series continues.

WRITTEN IN THE SCARS is the fourth book in The Estate Series but each one can be read as a standalone novel.

5 ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️out of 5 from me

Publishers:Blood Red Books

Publication day: 30th October 2015

Kindle

Books in The Estate Series are: 

Somewhere to Hide
Behind a Closed Door
Fighting for Survival
The Estate Box Set (A collection of books 1-3 above)

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