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The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt

The Girls Next Door (Detective Eden Berrisford, #1)The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For fans of good old-fashioned action thrillers, this book will be a delight to crack open. It’s got nonstop action from page one, with more and more events unfolding as each page passes – though it’s relatively light on “mystery,” making it more of a suspense novel.

The story centers on the murder of a young girl, who some friends mistook for one of her ne’er-do-well brothers. While the participants wait in jail for their trials, their remaining friends are attacked one by one. It culminates in the kidnap of Jess, whose aunt Eden (the main character) is a police detective, and is determined to see her niece home safely. She begins putting together the pieces which show that the young people of the city are hard at work in some serious things.

I enjoyed this book and it kept me reading to find out what happens next. As I said, it’s not necessarily a true “whodunnits,” its more like a Vin Diesel movie that just starts and never stops. Or like a Dan Brown novel, where they start running at the beginning, and never stop; It really takes off from the first chapters and hits the ground running.

The reveals are OK, though some of the overall actions/incidents got written off as “teenage angst,” when I think I would have liked to see some consequences. (You’ll know what I mean when you read the book.) But the main characters are indeed teenagers, so.

The web of people who are involved in all the hoopla is big, and that can make it hard to distinguish who’s who and why one person may be mad at another, etc. But once you cut through to the main part of the story things become clearer. But I struggled the first couple of chapters.

Overall, it’s a great read for action-lovers and anyone looking for a light, fast read for the winter season.

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