Erin was a good girl. But someone wanted her dead…
‘I love all Mel Sherratt’s books’ IAN RANKIN
‘An absolute masterpiece’ ANGELA MARSONS
‘Twists and turns and delivers a satisfying shot of tension’ RACHEL ABBOTT
When sixteen-year-old Erin Ellis is attacked, she dies in the arms of her best friend Molly, just metres from her home. Molly is the surviving girl but says she easily could have been the victim – it was a random mugging gone wrong.
With inconclusive evidence, DS Grace Allendale must dig deep within the tight-knit Stoke community for leads. And she soon finds that someone had a motive to kill Erin.
As the investigation unfolds, Grace is reminded of a horrifying case she worked on earlier in her career.
Is the past coming back to haunt her? And can she push through her fear to catch Erin’s killer before it’s too late?
** The million-copy bestseller Mel Sherratt is back with her most gripping and gritty novel yet! **
Praise for Mel Sherratt:
‘An absolute masterpiece. Twisty, turny and full of surprises!’ Angela Marsons
‘Mel Sherratt’s books are as smart and edgy as her heroines’ Cara Hunter
‘The worst terrors are always those that hide closest to home’ Elizabeth Haynes
‘A writer to watch out for’ Mandasue Heller
‘If you love police procedurals, you HAVE to check this one out. Hush Hush is Mel Sherratt at her gritty and gripping best!’ Teresa Driscoll
‘Mel Sherratt knows how to instantly hook a reader and to keep them focused to the very last page! Her well-paced stories twist and turn and deliver a satisfying shot of tension.’ Rachel Abbott.
‘Hush Hush will keep you turning the pages till you reach the end and, if you don’t believe me, a million readers can’t be wrong.’ Howard Linskey
‘Made the hairs on my arm stand up! Literal goosebumps reading this: heart-stoppingly tense. I love Mel Sherratt’s writing.' Angela Clarke
‘Uncompromising, powerful and very real – an important new voice’ David Mark
‘Mel’s vivid imagination really brings her characters to life’ Kerry Wilkinson
About the author
Mel Sherratt is the author of fifteen crime novels, all of which have become bestsellers. For the past five years, she has been named as one of her home town of Stoke-on-Trent’s top 100 influential people.
She regularly appears at festivals and speaks at writing conferences throughout the UK, and pens a column for her local newspaper, the Sentinel, as well as feature articles for other newspapers and magazines.
She lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with her husband and terrier, Dexter.
A generous 4*
My main problem was that this must be a follow on book, or one in a series. I found the back story elements, which were very important, confusing to say the least. There were plenty of explanations of earlier events and about multiple family members - reminders if you’d read the earlier book - but not enough for me to make it an easy read. It seems that the plot overlapped heavily with the earlier book.
It was generally well written but the dialogue didn’t ring true at times. Sometimes it seemed slightly clunky and sometimes inappropriate. For example, would a mid teenager really say she didn’t want to get someone ‘into strife’?
I was also distracted every time ‘Grace and Perry’ were mentioned together, thinking about the fabulous Grayson Perry! Were these deliberate name choices or was it just unfortunate?
The plot was ultimately disappointing for me after a promising first half, with no real surprises. It jumped about between too many characters I didn’t care about.
There were too many issues for me to really buy into the story. It was nearly very good but fell short so 3.5*.