One warm spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive.
Six months after the stabbing of sixteen-year-old Deanna Barker, someone is coming after the teenagers of Stockleigh, as a spate of vicious assaults rocks this small community. Revenge for Deanna? Or something more?
Detective Eden Berrisford is locked into a race against time to catch the twisted individual behind the attacks – but when her own niece, Jess Mountford, goes missing, the case gets personal.
With the kidnapper threatening Jess’s life, can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter…?
I loved the start to this novel. It just grabbed me straight from the off and didn’t let me go.
I am a huge fan of this authors The Estate series, so I absolutely loved that this new crime series is set on an estate with a totally believable storyline.
Through circumstances, poor Kate is basically in the wrong place at the wrong time. Un fortunately for her and her family, what happens that evening is something that will change their lives for ever. Through Kate’s character I could really feel the emotions that she was going through. I felt just as scared and frightened as she did when she gets sent to prison to await trial for a murder that she didn’t really have any part in.
If anything this whole storyline as a parent really made me worry about what can happen when your children get in with the wrong crowd. It’s frightening to think what they could easily get mixed up in and what the consequences could be.
I had so much empathy for Kate’s mum as well as Jess’s. Being a parent can be hard work but being a parent to a teen can be even harder. To these two women, their girls are still very much their babies and the worry and concerns they have about them is totally relatable.
Eden I really liked. The fact that it is her niece that has been kidnapped, makes the case even more emotionally harder for her. She does her best to remain focused though and to ensure she returns her niece back home safe and well.
The Girls Next Door is a gripping and chilling read. As a parent it will make you want to lock your teens up and keep them safe from the outside world. There is plenty of twists that just added to the whole build up of the story and I literally daren’t breath until I saw how it was going to end. Fantastic start to another new crime series.
My thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
The Girls Next Door is out on the 27th of October and available to purchase from Amazon.