My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A few weeks ago, I got to read the promising opening novel in a new series about an English policewoman who works to solve cases that not only affect her community, but her personally.
I’m glad to say that the second in the series by Mel Sheratt is continuing what is turning out to be a great series.
The new Eden Berrisford novel is full of suspense, tension and touching moments that will have you cheering for Eden and her team.
Eden finds herself hunting down a ruthless serial attacker and rapist who is targeting the young women of her city. As Eden’s personal life spins out of control she is forced to confront what makes people attack their domestic partners as she hunts down a violent man. At the same time, a domestic violence shelter in the area is faced with troubles as a new resident brings trouble to them and one of their employees is forced to confront her own past.
This book is not for the faint of heart. It deals with intense violence against women and does not shy away from the graphic details. While it may seem overwhelming it does paint a brutally honest picture of domestic violence and really forces the reader to confront what goes on all too often in the real world. If readers don’t feel they can handle this depiction they should really skip this novel.
But for those who do pick it up this book provides suspense and top-notch police work in a mystery/thriller, that’s not so much about the “whodunnit,” but more about the “how does it turn out.” Sheratt really seems to be the master of revealing his cards early, but still somehow keeping readers guessing, which is a nice change of pace from the SURPRISETWIST novels that are all the rage right now.
It really feels like a Dwayne Johnson, action-packed movie in book form.
The subplots involving Eden’s personal life are just interesting enough to keep me excited for new novels in the series, without taking away from the main plot. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.