Written In The Scars by Mel Sherratt

It’s finally here! HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY MEL SHERRATT!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Today, October 30th, sees the publication day for Mel’s fourth book in The Estate Series, Written In The Scars (isn’t that cover beautiful?!). I’m lucky enough to have received a review copy from Mel (thanks again 😉 ) along with getting to be a part of today’s publication day blogsplash. In addition, I get to share the opening scene from the book, which you can find HERE.

About the book:

Published by: Blood Red Books

Release date: 30th October 2015

Scars. Sometimes they’re visible. Sometimes they’re hidden deep within.

After year of living as a single parent, all Donna Adams longs for is someone to make her smile, to share hopes and dreams with, to keep her warm at night. But when that certain someone gives her the attention she craves, true love doesn’t always follow the right path.

Home from the army, Lewis is a changed man. Angry and consumed with grief, troubled by nightmares and flashbacks, his mind is worse now than ever. Shutting out what he’s seen isn’t easy, but he risks losing everything he’s come back to if he doesn’t, including his sanity.

Megan Cooper hides her scars for fear of being rejected.

Mary Marshall can’t always remember how she got hers.

If the past could be erased to make a better future, we’d all want that, wouldn’t we? But life is never easy for the residents on the Mitchell Estate…

About the author: (via Goodreads from Mel)

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.

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

My thoughts:

I’d better start by saying this is the first book I’ve read by Mel. I’ve read and loved Stirred With Love which she writes under the pseudonym Marcie Steele. I have the first three Estate Series on my kindle TBR for quite some time but anyone that follows me on Facebook or Twitter knows I have a TBR mountain!!! 🙂

Thankfully, Mel assured me that Written In The Scars could be read as a standalone. Once I heard that then I was super excited to get stuck in!

I read Written In The Scars in two sittings. Once I started reading, I was completely engrossed in everyone’s stories. The way the characters are written makes you feel like you’ve known them for years. Their day to day routines, their chats and their individual struggles all felt so familiar that it was like catching up with old friends. My own personal favourite was Megan. She’s a really likeable character.

I really liked the theme of scars that runs through the book. Everyone has scars, even you and me. Be it physical, emotional, mental, they’re there whether you can see them or not. This commonality makes it easy to relate to each characters struggles in Written In the Scars.

Having not read any previous books by Mel, I didn’t know what to expect with her writing and plot direction. Sufficed to say, just over halfway, there’s an exceptional plot twist that I wasn’t expecting at all!!! This took one of the characters in a completely different direction to where I thought they would go initially. I found myself reading faster just to see how everyone would fare out.

Usually I only read crime thrillers with added gore factor so I tend not to get too emotional with the books as they are usually way out of the realm of possibility. With Written In the Scars it was different. This is a story about regular people, with every day problems, some of which I’m sure people deal with on an ongoing basis. This book made me feel many emotions, sadness, anger, and hopefulness amongst others. It’s not often I read a book that actually makes me feel something, and for that I’d like to thank Mel. 🙂

I genuinely loved this book. I thought it was well written, with a beautifully crafted theme running through it. I will most definitely be reading the first three books in the Estate Series ASAP!!!

Many thanks again to Mel for the ARC and for letting me participate in the blogsplash! 🙂

I gave Written In The Scars 5⭐️ on Goodreads. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

You can buy a copy of Written In The Scars by clicking this link here->
Written in the Scars (The Estate Series Book 4)

Happy Reading! 😊📖

The Dolls House by Louise Phillips


I started reading this in December 2014, having heard high praise for Louise Phillips. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading it, but to be honest, I wasn’t a fan from the outset. I found it very slow going, and also about a quarter of the way in, I went into labour with my baby girl on December 15th, so I left the book on my nightstand and didn’t pick it up again until 3 weeks after she was born.

I have to say, I really didn’t enjoy this book, even after the mid book break, I just couldn’t get into it. The blurb from Amazon is as follows:

“People say that the truth can set you free. But what if the truth is not something you want to hear? Thirty-five years ago Adrian Hamilton drowned. At the time his death was reported as a tragic accident but the exact circumstances remained a mystery. Now his daughter Clodagh, trying to come to terms with her past, visits a hypnotherapist who unleashes disturbing childhood memories of her father’s death. And as Clodagh delves deeper into her subconscious, memories of another tragedy come to light – the death of her baby sister. Meanwhile criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson is called in to help in the investigation of a murder after a body is found in a Dublin canal. When Kate digs beneath the surface of the killing, she discovers a sinister connection to the Hamilton family. What terrible events took place in the Hamilton house all those years ago? And what connects them to the recent murder? Time is running out for Clodagh and Kate. And the killer has already chosen his next victim . . .” 

Personal preference is everything when it comes to books, so I’m sure many of you would enjoy this. Perhaps had I read it at a different time I may have enjoyed it, but as it stands, I was glad to see the back of it!!

What I’ve bought…

The long and the short of this post is I should be denied access to the Internet, or else have my card cut up 😄

Of late, most evenings I find myself browsing Amazon to see if there’s anything good out to read, and needless to say at least one item gets added to the wish list or the basket!!  I decided I’d do a quick post of what I’ve gotten lately, both print and Kindle books, along with a book from Rick O’Shea’s book club swap page!

1- Her by Harriet Lane


2- Rules of Prey by John Sandford



Books 3-8 are by Camilla Lackberg








9- RJ Ellory Saints of New York



10- Red Dragon by Thomas Harris



11- The Stranger by Harlan Coben



12- Blood On Snow by Jo Nesbo



13- The Missing by Chris Mooney



14- Ash by Jason Brant (Kindle)



15- Black Wood by SJI Holliday (Kindle)


16- The Swimmer by Joakim Zander (Kindle)


17- Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary


18- Normal by Graeme Cameron



19- Blood Test by Jonathan Kellerman



20- After The Silence by Jake Woodhouse



21- The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Kindle)



22- Philomena by Martin Sixsmith (Kindle) 


So, there you have it! 22 books, and in a relatively short period of time! 😄 let me know what you have read out of this substantial haul! Fingers crossed you discover a new author for yourself! 

Happy reading! 😊