Today I’m beyond excited to be on the blog tour for The Girls Next Door by the very talented Mel Sherratt. I’ve always been a huge fan of Mel’s so when Noelle over at http://www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk asked me to be part of the blog tour I jumped at the chance. If you follow my blog you may have noticed I posted my review earlier in the month, so today I’m posting an extract from The Girls Next Door, and boy are you in for a treat. Just to tease you and keep you in suspense (just like the book) the extract will be published in four parts, I’ve included the links to where the next extracts will be published, because you don’t want to miss them. The Girls Next Door has all the hallmarks of what I look for in a crime read, and the best thing is it was published two days ago so you can get a copy today.
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…?
THE FIGHT – APRIL 2015………PART ONE
Katie Trent dragged her feet as she walked down the street towards the park. Her bestfriend, Jess, was ill and already she felt lost without her, even though lately she seemed to be glued to the hip of her boyfriend, Cayden.When Jess had rang to say she wasn’t able to go out that night, Katie had suggested calling to see her instead of going to meet Nathan. Nathan was her new boyfriend – but not by choice. It was Cayden who had wanted her to get friendly with him.
He saw Nathan as their inroad, their ticket to more involvement with the Barker brothers.Katie didn’t really like him that much. Although she knew some of her other friends were envious because he was attractive in a bad-boy way, his moods were volatile and she hadn’t wanted to meet him unless it was in a foursome.But Jess had been adamant that she should go without her, said it was important that she keep up the act. It was all right for Jess, she thought. She didn’t have to haveNathan’s tongue rammed down her throat. She shuddered involuntarily.
The weather was warm for the end of April, the night sky clear but darkening by the minute as it edged towards 8 p.m. Katie tapped along in her heels, feeling grown-up in her new ankle boots. She was wearing Jess’s top and a leather jacket that she’d told her mum was a knock-off from a cheap shop in Stockleigh, rather than costing her a fortune from Topshop. Her parents didn’t approve of her wearing too much make-up, so once she’d left her house she’d added some more. She hoped it made her seem more mature, helping to hide her nerves a little.
On the Mitchell Estate, she headed across Reginald Square, turned the corner and crossed Davy Road into the park. There was grass on either side of the gravel path that led up to the children’s play area, the lawn sloping up to her right. In the distance was the subway she and her friends hung around inside when it was raining.Her heart sank as she spotted Nathan with two other boys at the top of the bank. It was all right when Cayden and Jess were with her, but Nathan was two years older, sohis friends were older too.
If Jess was with her, she would feel safe.
Her feet stopping abruptly, she turned to leave. Jess would go mad but suddenly she didn’t care.‘Katie!’ She paused before turning around to see Nathan beckoning to her. She couldn’t back down now, so she started walking towards him again.‘Where’s your mate?’ Nathan asked as she drew level with them. He threw an arm
possessively around her shoulders. ‘That bimbo Jess?’…………to be continued
You can read the next extracts over at……..
Kate’s blog http://www.bibliophilebookclub.com on Sunday 30th October
Chelsea’ blog https://thesuspenseisthrillingme.com on Tuesday 1st November
Kerry’s blog http://chataboutbooks.wordpress.com on Wednesday 2nd November
Mel Sherratt writes gritty crime dramas, psychological suspense and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as she calls it. Shortlisted for the CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in the Library Award 2014, she finds inspiration from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante and Elizabeth Haynes. Since 2012, all nine of her crime novels have been bestsellers.
Four of her books are published by Amazon Publishing’s crime and thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer and she has a new series out with Bookouture.
Mel lives in Stoke-on-Trent, with her husband and terrier, Dexter, named after the TV serial killer, and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for some of her books.
You can read my review here https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/10/15/the-girls-next-door-by-mel-sherratt-writersmels-review-bookouture/
If you want to follow The Girl Next Door blog tour I’ve included the blog tour banner which includes the dates and the awesome bloggers taking part.