“She got into bed but sleep didn’t come easily. Every creak in the house made her alert. She was waiting for him to come and get her.
The small city of Stockleigh is in shock as three women are brutally attacked within days of each other. Are they random acts of violence or is there a link between the victims? For Detective Eden Berrisford, it’s her most chilling case yet.
The investigation leads Eden to cross paths with Carla, a woman trying to rebuild her life after her marriage to a cruel and abusive man ended in unimaginable tragedy. Her husband Ryan was imprisoned for his crimes but, now he’s out and coming for her.
As Eden starts to close in on the attacker, she also puts herself in grave danger. Can she stop him before he strikes again? And can Carla, terrified for her life, save herself – before the past wreaks a terrible revenge?”
When I was asked if I would like to take part in this Blog Tour for Mel Sherratt’s latest offering I was literally squealing with excitement. The previous in the series, The Girls Next Door was an absolute stormer and I had a feeling this would be the same.
Detective Eden Berrisford is back for the second in this explosive series. Set in the fictional town of Stockleigh, Eden is caught up in a case of a sex attacker who is targeting women. There are no leads, the attacker keeps his face covered and does not even speak to the victim, and with the attacks all happening within a few days of each other it is clear this monster’s behaviour is escalating quickly. Another plot thread surrounds the woman sheltering at “The Willows”, a women’s refuge: the stories about their lives of terror waiting for the next attack from their “loved” ones. Carla, the counsellor there, has her own problems when her abusive ex-husband is released from prison and is out to find her.
This is quite an emotional read as there are themes of power and control, but also of fear and intimidation. Not only is the reader faced with the violent sexual attacks on women, but also the slow and systematical abuse of the women in the refuge, carried out by the man purported to be the person who should care for them most in the world. The reader is able to see that even though the circumstances are very different the end result is quite the same. Mel Sherratt draws on her professional experience here, and contrastingly handles of subject of the abuse of women both sensitively and with a realistic rawness.
Eden Berrisford is a wonderful character, she is passionate, fiery and intelligent. In this novel we get to find out a lot more about her as she seems to really come in to her own. Her own personal life is slowly creeping up to catch her, but I won’t say anymore about the plot!
I absolutely loved this book. The author has a writing style that draws you in right from the beginning and doesn’t let you go, even through the disturbing parts. This is a fast paced novel and both stories run alongside each other perfectly and are expertly interwoven. You can read this book as a stand alone however I would recommend reading the first in the series The Girls Next Door so you have the full back story on Eden.
This is an edge of your seat read that you can’t help but get emotionally involved in, I didn’t want the book to end. Great book, great series, can’t wait for the next one already!
Thanks to Mel Sherratt and Noelle at Bookouture for my copy of Don’t Look Behind You and the chance to take part in this amazing Blog Tour.