Tick Tock by Mel Sherratt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - 2 days
Pages - 400
Publisher - Avon books
Source - Review copy
Blurb from Amazon
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.
A young girl murdered in a very public and risky place. DS Grace Allendale and team are called in to investigate as another victim is targeted but who is choosing them and why. The clock is ticking and lives are at stake. In between all of that Allendale is trying to work on her relationship, Simon is a journalist which puts them both at odds with each trying to do their job as best they can.
This is book two of a series with kick backs to the first book however you can read this as a standalone to be fair. The investigation side the police have another victim and need to work out if it is related to their earlier killing, do they have a serial killer? We then have the personal aspect with Grace and Simon, their blooming relationship, how it effects their jobs and the personal strains they face. It gives Grace a much more human character, seeing a raw and emotive side gives her a more relatable side the reader can warm to. Trying to connect with Simon's teen daughter who wants nothing to do with her, as dad's new girlfriend and her being a police officer.
There are scenes with teenagers which give a different feel in the book and different strands and stories lines to keep the reader engaged. Lots of pace, action and threads where we don't know what is coming next, the how or why and plenty of times I thought I knew where it was going! Sherratt keeps you on your toes and I can't wait to see where book three is going to take us! 4/5 for me this time.
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