She got into bed but sleep didn’t come easily. Every creak in the house made her alert. She was waiting for him to come and get her.
The small city of Stockleigh is in shock as three women are brutally attacked within days of each other. Are they random acts of violence or is there a link between the victims? For Detective Eden Berrisford, it’s her most chilling case yet.
The investigation leads Eden to cross paths with Carla, a woman trying to rebuild her life after her marriage to a cruel and abusive man ended in unimaginable tragedy. Her husband Ryan was imprisoned for his crimes but, now he’s out and coming for her.
As Eden starts to close in on the attacker, she also puts herself in grave danger. Can she stop him before he strikes again? And can Carla, terrified for her life, save herself - before the past wreaks a terrible revenge?
An absolutely gripping and chilling police procedural which will hook fans of Angela Marsons and Rachel Abbott.
What readers are saying about the Eden Berrisford series:
‘Wow. What can I say? If you are looking for nerve-wracking and nail biting tension then look no further … Sherratt creates such heart-thumping action and narrative that I’m pretty certain my cat could hear mine beating in my chest … A nerve wrenching, nail biting 5 stars.’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews
‘Grabbed me straight from the off and didn’t let me go.’ By The Letter Book Reviews
‘The Girls Next Door is the perfect recipe for an exquisite crime thriller … Emotional, gritty and full of some OMFG twists, I dare you NOT to want to read this book!’ Crime Book Junkie
'This is a definite 5* read for me.' Angela Marsons
‘A heart-pounding, breath holding, twisty-turny read. I highly recommend this book.’ Caroline Mitchell
‘Mel Sherratt has a knack for writing accessible, likeable and fundamentally human characters ... I raced through it and couldn’t put it down as I reached the final few chapters!’ Bibliophile Book Club
‘Wow, this is one to get your heart racing! … a fast-paced and engaging read. Just brilliant!’ Chat About Books
‘Impossible to put down. This is a book that will make a Mel Sherratt fan out of any reader!’ Kitty Catalyst Bibliophile
‘I absolutely loved this book. So much so, that I had to complete it in one day!’ Katie’s Reading Corner
‘The story was excellent, and I never guessed how it would go … It was breath-holding in parts.’ StefLoz Book Reviews
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Detective Berrisford is back with a vengeance! She is dealing with the brutal attacks of several women in her small town. The detective is sickened by what someone is doing to these young women. The are beaten and raped. In some instances, he's interrupted and leaves before he can commit the final act. He is covered from head to toe, comes out of the dark, and never says a word. Although their bruises and abrasions will disappear with time, they will spend the rest of their lives looking over their shoulder. Investigating these crimes will take her to a safe house for abused women. Carla is trying to rebuild her life after living with an abusive, murderous husband. Her husband Ryan has spent 10 years in jail .. now he's out and he's found her again. He's had all those years to think of ways to torment and repay his wife for putting him in prison. Eden must find the link between all these women before the rapist's brutality escalates and leads to murder. It is imperative that she finds him and finds him soon. The author has created a great female detective. Eden is no-nonsense, and dedicated to her job. She's a single mom with a husband that disappeared 2 years ago. She has not seen or heard from him in all that time ... until now. Her team is hard-working and have a great deal of respect for their boss. There is a new detective introduced in this book. He's been on leave and will be working under Berrisford for a few weeks before being assigned to his permanent job. He comes across as a bit lazy and a whole lot resentful of having to work for a younger boss .. and one who is a woman. What he does.. or doesn't do.. will test Eden's patience to the fullest. Rape is not an easy subject for anyone, but this author has crafted a well written book showing the relationships between the abused and the abuser. Eden is a hard woman, she has to be in her job. But I love how she is with these women who are attacked. It's not an easy book to read, but the author makes it easier. There are a few twists that lead to a surprising ending. Mostly satisfactory, there are no huge cliffhangers ... just a couple of things that don't get wrapped up ... which I hope to see taken care of with Book 3. Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Net Galley for the early digital copy of this novel. The opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.