I’m delighted to be taking part in the Blog Tour for the fabulous Mel Sherratt’s latest novel, Tick Tock. Thanks to Mel and the publishers for inviting me onto this tour and for the ARC to review.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
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?
Tick Tock is the second novel featuring DI Grace Allendale from Mel Sherratt and this one begins with a stomach churning scene as a lone female runner is strangled to death on an early morning run.
Fast forward five years and Grace is called to investigate the murder of a young school girl who was taking part in a PE running session with school (see I knew there was a reason that running is bad for you!).
Tensions are running high when the body of a young woman is found two days later and Grace and her team are under pressure to catch the killer. When a third girl is attacked then things get pretty hot under the collar for the team.
Tick Tock is interspersed with chapters from an unknown narrator which certainly ramps the suspense levels up a notch or two as I was reading and dying to know who this person was!
I’m really enjoying Grace’s character, there is something about her that draws me to her. She has an interesting past which makes her a little bit different to her colleagues and this was shown in the first of the series. Her relationship with local journalist Simon is a great twist to the story and we watch as Grace wrestles with her conscience as their two worlds sometimes collide. In this book, Simon’s daughter, Teagan, features heavily and watching the relationship between her and Grace develop was a realistic picture of family tensions when new families are formed. There are some fabulous scenes with the relationships between Grace, Simon and Tegan but you will need to read it for yourself to find out what they are.
Her relationships with her family and get colleagues are also delved into and developed in Tick Tock and it left me wanting to settle down for more and to watch how it is all going to play out.
Although it’s the 2nd book you can read it as a stand-alone but hell why not just go read the first one too!
Mel is a great author, she has a right down to earth attitude and this shines through in her writing. The pacing is spot on and there are enough little red herrings around to have you fishing all the way through the book. Her characters are well drawn and relatable. You could imagine bumping into them in your local street.
The author certainly ramps up the tension in this novel and I had no idea who was involved in these murders, so many little red herrings swimming around that it kept me guessing all the way through. Even when we discovered the identity Mel cleverly wrapped it all up with the motivation, leaving me totally satisfied with the outcome.
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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 international bestsellers. Four of her books are published by Amazon Publishing’s crime and thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer and her Detective Eden Berrisford series is published by Bookouture.
Mel has now sold over one million copies. Hush Hush was published by HarperCollins / Avon in October 2018.
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.