*Blog Tour* The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt

Hi everyone,

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Mel Sherratt’s latest book along with Chelles Book Reviews, so make sure you pop over to Shell’s blog too.

I get to post an extract for you guys today as part of the tour. More of that in a bit, I’m going to give you all the bookish info first! 🙂

About the book:

One warm spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive.

Six months after the stabbing of sixteen-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’s life, can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter…?



About Mel Sherratt (via Goodreads):

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 www.melsherratt.co.uk or I’m on Twitter at @writermels

Here’s the link to my review too in case you missed it:

The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt

Now, as part of the blog tour four of us are posting a page each from the full extract from The Girls Next Door and I’m continuing on from Lorraine over at The Book Review Café, so here’s the next part of the extract:


Extract from The Girls Next Door….

‘She’s not a bimbo!’ Katie tried to sound outraged, but her voice didn’t carry as much authority as she had hoped.

The two boys with Nathan began to snigger. She had seen them both before several times: Twins Tom and Craig Cartwright. They were all wide-eyed and their mood seemed a little oppressive. Craig was checking his phone and Tom kept looking over towards the path that led into the subway.

‘So you’re all alone.’ Nathan asked a question that obviously needed no answer. ‘It’ll be nice to get to know you at last, once we’ve sorted some business out.’

Katie tried not to grimace as he thrust his face nearer to hers, his breath rank. He’d definitely been taking something.

‘Do you want a smoke?’ he asked, pushing a spliff to her lips.

‘No, thanks.’ Katie disliked it with a passion after watching her granddad smoke forty a day and die a painful death from lung cancer. Alcohol she was fine with, and the odd happy pill. But these boys had taken more than that, it seemed. Nathan’s pupils were like black bullet holes.

‘So where is Jess?’ he asked again, looking at his watch before glancing down the bank.

‘She’s poorly.’

Nathan pulled a sad face. ‘Don’t worry, we’ll keep you company. Won’t we, lads?’

Katie swallowed. Being on her own with Nathan would be bad enough but with these two loons as well? She had to be home by ten anyway, but she would stay for an hour and then maybe slip off on the pretence of getting some lager or something. She’d kill Jess when she got her hands on her. That bloody Cayden!

‘He’s on his way,’ said Craig, pointing down below. They all followed the direction of his finger.

Katie could see someone walking along the path. He wore baggy jeans, trainers and a black hoodie with a yellow emblem on the back, the hood pulled up so his face was almost hidden.

‘Who’s that?’ she asked, sensing the mood darkening even further.

Catch the next extract over with Chelsea at The Suspense is Thrilling Me on November 1st and with Kerry at Chat About Books on November 2nd…

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