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‘Fans of Martina Cole will love this’ Katerina Diamond

A gripping new series from million-copy bestseller Mel Sherratt.


In the city of Stoke, a teenage girl is murdered in the middle of the day, her lifeless body abandoned in a field behind her school.


Two days later, a young mother is abducted. She’s discovered strangled and dumped in a local park.


DS Grace Allendale and her team are brought in to investigate, but with a bold killer, no leads and nothing to connect the victims, the case seems hopeless. It’s only when a third woman is targeted that a sinister pattern emerges. A dangerous mind is behind these attacks, and Grace realises that the clock is ticking…

Can they catch the killer before another young woman dies?

The number one bestselling author returns with a breath-taking police procedural thriller series that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Praise for TICK TOCK:

‘I love all Mel Sherratt’s books’ IAN RANKIN, author of Inspector Rebus Series

‘Twists and turns and delivers a satisfying shot of tension’ RACHEL ABBOTT, author of The Shape of Lies

‘A gritty, authentic, fast-paced read that you won't want to put down.’ Caroline Mitchell, author of The Secret Child

‘I was drawn right in! This book is so tense, so chilling, it’s an edge of your seat thriller!’ Reader review

‘Tick Tock is a masterpiece of writing… I genuinely couldn’t put the book down’ Reader review

‘It’s a spell-binding, unsettling novel that grips you immediately’ Book Reviews

‘Absolutely loved this thriller! Excellent character development, exciting dialogue and fascinating plot. What more can you ask for?’ Reader review

‘Tick Tock, isn’t just a good read – it’s outstanding!’ Stoke Sentinel

‘This is easily becoming one of my favorite series’ Reader review

‘A fantastic and gripping crime thriller. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat’ Dark Raven Reviews

About the author

Mel Sherratt is the author of fourteen crime novels, all of which have become bestsellers. For the past four 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.

Crime & Thrillers
2 May

Customer Reviews

SarahJoel1986 ,

Great book

Storyline kept me hooked and loved the characters although not sure whether I like Grace. Looking forward to the next in the series.

Irrate! Very! ,

Nothing New

Once again there is far too much insignificant information. No police officer would allow personal issues to interfere with their job as often as this.

Livingwithaspringer ,

Has to be 5* but...

I thoroughly enjoyed almost all of this book.

The school based setting and many of the characters seemed so familiar that it could have been my town and neighbours, or anywhere else.

The prose was well written and easy to read.

The plot was good if you don’t stop to analyse the likelihood of it happening. I didn’t while I was reading the book. I won’t say more in case I spoil the storyline for someone else. We follow the police as they try to solve the crime but there were enough suspects for us to be able to try and guess the culprit, which I think adds to the enjoyment and readability.

On the negative side, I think this book must be one of an ongoing series. There were a few parts which I had no interest in or understanding of linked to Grace’s family and events which must have happened in an earlier book.

Also, the ending seemed unnecessarily drawn out with ‘mopping up’ of details of the storyline - the hows and the whys.

Near the end I was horribly aware of a few police novel clichés. ‘What kept you?’, ‘Get (him/her) out of my sight.’, ‘I was only doing my job.’

All in all, I’m very glad I bought this book and recommend it.

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