Review: Hush, Hush

Posted 19th August 2020 by Emma in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Review: Hush, HushHush Hush by Mel Sherratt
Also by this author: The Girls Next Door, Tick Tock , Liar Liar
Series: DS Grace Allendale #1
Also in this series: Tick Tock , Liar Liar
Published by Avon on 26th November 2018
Genres: Crime, Suspense
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: Other
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A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It’s up to DS Grace Allendale to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team.
All clues lead to local crime family the Steeles, but that’s where things get complicated. Because the Steeles aren’t just any family, they’re Grace’s family. Two brothers and two sisters, connected by the violent father only Grace and her mother escaped.
To catch the killer, Grace will have to choose between her team and her blood. But who do you trust, when both sides are out to get you?
An unforgettable thriller that fans of Angela Marsons and Robert Bryndza won’t be able to put down.

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This is another book that was chosen by my work book club. I’d previously read one of Mel Sharratt’s books a few years ago so I was looking forward to jumping into this one.

Set in Stoke on Trent, Detective Grace Allendale has recently returned to her childhood town. Grace and her mum left Stoke to get away from her abusive father George Steele. George Steele soon brought in his other woman and his 3 other children. George and his family were soon known as a local crime family. Grace was really hoping that her first case wouldn’t involve her estranged family but of course, it does! Grace is a very likeable character. She is a straight talker and only cares about right and wrong. She’s not afraid to do the right thing.

The story had so many twists and turns. I kept thinking I knew who the murderer was but then Mel would throw in something else and I’d be full of doubt again! Mel did such a good job of keeping me guessing. When it was finally revealed I honestly just felt so sad.

I was so hooked on this book. I read about 200 pages in one night I just could not put it down! I’m so eager to pick up book 2!

About Mel Sherratt

I write police procedurals, psychological suspense and women’s fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as I call it. Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in Library Award 2014, my inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes.

TAUNTING THE DEAD is part police procedural/part psychological thriller. It has been a standalone for two years but I have now written two more books with Detective Sergeant Allie Shenton as a main character and created a new series. FOLLOW THE LEADER will be published on 10 February 2015 followed by ONLY THE BRAVE on 26 May 2015.

THE ESTATE SERIES are a mix of women’s fiction, psychological suspense and crime thriller. They are often too dark for women’s fiction alone – although the subject matters and issues are often referred to in this genre – too light in places for crime thrillers, and often not enough for the psychological suspense readers out there. They are drama meets crime.

WATCHING OVER YOU is a standalone psychological thriller. It’s dark in places, light in places, disturbing in places too – where obsession and friendship turns to murder.

I live in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with my husband and terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer) and makes liberal use of my hometown as a backdrop for some of my books. You can find out more at my website or I’m on Twitter at @writermels


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