Tuesday 13 November 2018

Hush Hush by Mel Sherratt @writermels #BlogTour @AvonBooksUK @Sabah_K #HushHush

A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It’s up to DS Grace Allendale to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team.
All clues lead to local crime family the Steeles, but that’s where things get complicated. Because the Steeles aren’t just any family, they’re Grace’s family. Two brothers and two sisters, connected by the violent father only Grace and her mother escaped.
To catch the killer, Grace will have to choose between her team and her blood. But who do you trust, when both sides are out to get you?

Hush Hush by Mel Sherratt  was published in paperback by Avon Books on 18 October 2018. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review and who invited me to take part in this Blog Tour.

Although I've been aware of Mel Sherratt for a long time, this is the first of her books that I've read. Hush Hush is number one in her new series featuring DS Grace Allendale.

I enjoyed Hush Hush so much. I read it whilst I was off sick and it was the perfect read for my mood. Absolutely brilliantly paced, with such a unique premise and characters who I am sure are going to become favourites for me, and for many other crime fiction fans.

Grace Allendale lived in Stoke until she was twelve. Her life there was horrendous and when she and her mother managed to escape her abusive father, they made a new life for themselves. Grace is a police detective and until recently has been working in Manchester.

However, her father is now dead. Murdered, and the perpetrator was never caught. When Grace is offered the chance of promotion; in Stoke, she decides that she can, at last, return home. There's just one sticking point though. Her father had another family, and they are well known and feared in Stoke. Her brothers and sisters, and their mother, make up the Steele family; usually behind most of the criminal activities in Stoke and well known for their violence. Grace wants to distance herself from them, but that's not going to be easy.

The story opens as Grace and her team take over an existing murder case, and it's not long before the victims begin to pile up. The murders all seem to be linked with the Steele family and Grace has a tricky job ahead of her. How does she investigate? How does she ensure that her team trust her, despite her background, and most importantly; can she solve the murders?

At times brutal, always fast paced and gritty, Hush Hush is a crime-fiction lovers dream! Grace is a fabulous character, and her background adds great depth to the story. The Steele family are somewhat stereotypical gangsters at times, but under the surface, they have their own demons to deal with and despite the fact that they are on 'the other side', the reader can't help but get to like them too.

Absolutely gripping from page one; Hush Hush is a fantastic start to a new series, and I can't wait to find out what is in store for Grace in the future.

Mel Sherratt is the author of ten novels, all of which have become bestsellers. In 2017, she was named as one of her home town of Stoke-on-Trent’s top 100 influential people.
She lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with her husband and terrier, Dexter.

Website: www.melsherratt.co.uk
Twitter : @writermels
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Instagram: @mel_sherratt

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