A gripping crime thriller that sees newly promoted DS Grace Allendale return to her home city of Stoke-On-Trent after the death of her estranged father George Steele. Grace and her mother had luckily gotten away from her abusive father while Grace was still young, but George's subsequent family weren't so fortunate. The Steele family have now set themselves up in their father's stead as local crime bosses, and the return of their half-sister, a policewoman to boot, causes more friction amongst the family. Then murders start happening, the victims all linked to the Steele family, and Grace has her work cut out for her to track the killer, especially as many people, on both sides of the law don't trust her. I found this book hard to put down, racing through it in a day to find out who the killer was. Mel Sherratt has written a wonderful book, the characters are all too real, and I found myself cheering on Grace as she was faced with pressure from all angles. This was my first Mel Sherratt book, but it won't be my last. I'll be waiting impatiently for the next installment of Grace and her team. Recommended to all lovers of crime fiction. My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
First in a new series about a female Detective Sergeant with the Major Crimes Unit in Stoke-on-Trent, a smallish city in the Midlands, Hush Hush follows Grace Allendale as she transfers from Manchester to Stoke, taking a promotion and returning to her roots. She’s thrown straight in at the deep end with a series of murders connected to the criminal Steele family - who just happen to be related to Grace a lot closer than she’d like.
I’m still not sure why Grace wanted to go back to Stoke in the first place, considering what a terrible person her father was and the fact she neither knows nor particularly wants to know the Steeles. She has neither family nor good memories there. Though her wanting to leave Manchester is perfectly understandable after the loss of her husband, I just don’t get why she’d even consider Stoke. It was really never explained.
This is a long book at 400 pages and 80 (fairly short) chapters, and to be honest I thought it could have been cut by about a third and still be a good story. There was too much repetition and description which made me feel rather as though the author was trying to describe everything happening on a TV show rather than just telling the story.
The excellent show Line of Duty is name-checked in this book, and I daresay Hush Hush would make a very good TV show, but as a police procedural crime thriller it was a bit waffly and long-winded to make a great read. Three stars.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.
Hush Hush is the first book in a new detective series by Mel Sherratt and I just loved it! Already looking forward to book 2 in April 2019. The characters in this book just work and story had me wanting more from the very beginning. I have not read many books by the author and now I am wondering why. If you like this genre of book then I highly recommend this one.
DS Grace AllendLe returns to her childhood home of Stoke for a fresh start and a promotion. She has suffered a great loss and hopes to start to move on in a new place. She has her work cut out with her new team who are loyal to their previous leader and her secret that she is related to the local crime family, although estranged. When her first case is that of a body in the car park of that families gym she is quickly thrown in the deep end and her loyalties are questioned by all but herself. The bodies keep coming and she is determined not to get sucked in by her so called family.
This book is a very fast read s you will want to keep turning the pages. Plenty of characters to dislike and others to rally behind. This book has it all.