Title: The Girls Next Door
Author: Mel Sherratt
Pub. Date: 10/27/2016
Series: Detective Eden Berrisford Book 1
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
One warm spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive.
Six months after the stabbing of fifteen-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’ life, can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter…?
My Review 4/5
Another great book from Bookouture. When a murder occurs and Katie is in the wrong place at the wrong time, she is locked up until trial. The story begins shortly after when a series of assaults happen separately to a group of friends. Jess, who is Katie’s best friend, is also kidnapped. Are the beatings and kidnapping related? What is behind all of it?
This is the first book I’ve read by Mel Sherratt and I was very pleased. It was a little confusing to me at first because there are so many characters. At one point I thought about writing everyone down on a sheet of paper in order to keep them straight. After turning back pages and refreshing my memory, it eventually got better.
She does a great job of keeping you guessing until the very end. It was horrifying in some parts, the thought of having your child (no matter what age) kidnapped is just terrifying. I grew to like Eden, the detective in this first book of the new series. There are some questions I have that I’m hoping the author will address in books to come. I really enjoyed the dynamics between Eden and her sister Laura (Jess’ mother). They share a bond and are brutally honest with each other. Laura takes her frustrations out on her at times, which can be interpreted as hurtful and rude, but the bond between them is strong and just makes their relationship that much stronger.
I also really enjoyed the relationships between the mothers/daughters. Dealing with teenagers can be tough, especially when you learn about secrets you may not really want to know. But, the love a mother has for her child is so profound that nothing can break it.
This book is much, much more than a mystery, it is about relationships between family and friends. That’s why I enjoyed this book so much.
***A special thank you to Bookouture for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion!