Review: Tick Tock

Posted 24th December 2020 by Emma in Reviews / 1 Comment

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Review:  Tick TockTick Tock by Mel Sherratt
Also by this author: The Girls Next Door, Hush Hush, Liar Liar
Series: DS Grace Allendale #2
Also in this series: Hush Hush, Liar Liar
Published by Avon on 4th April 2019
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: I bought it
Amazon Kindle

In the city of Stoke, a teenage girl is murdered in the middle of the day, her lifeless body abandoned in a field behind her school.


Two days later, a young mother is abducted. She’s discovered strangled and dumped in a local park.


DS Grace Allendale and her team are brought in to investigate, but with a bold killer, no leads and nothing to connect the victims, the case seems hopeless. It’s only when a third woman is targeted that a sinister pattern emerges. A dangerous mind is behind these attacks, and Grace realises that the clock is ticking…
Can they catch the killer before another young woman dies?

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After reading book one as part of my work book club we all knew we had to continue the series. I LOVE Grace and I was so excited to jump back in.

I love Mel’s writing style. She knows just how to grip you. The pace and tension are just right. She reveals just enough to keep you hooked.

I was so glad not to be Grace in this book because quite honestly I was stumped! I suspected everyone. no one was safe. When the killer was revealed I was surprised, to say the least. This case really got the local area riled up as the killer appeared to be targeting teenage girls and young women. I liked reading the killers POV. Multiple POV are something that I love. It really just helps to bring the world alive for me.

Grace is really starting to come into her own in this book. She is now a trusted member of the team. Her boss has worked out how far he can push her and how much she will push back.

This was an excellent second book and I cannot wait to read the third!

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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