Broken Promises by Mel Sherratt writermels

Book Description:

A haunted man. A loyalty tested. A serial killer in town.

The Limekiln Estate has witnessed many a dark crime over the years. When DI Allie Shenton is called out to a suspicious death, she isn’t surprised to see it’s a local she knows only too well.

While the slaying of Billy Whitmore is on everyone’s lips, a woman is stabbed in her home. A day later and a third victim turns up.

Three known associates brutally murdered – the bodies are piling up quicker than the forensic evidence is coming back. Yet Allie senses there’s something more disturbing going on. She’s sure Fiona Abbott, Billy’s partner, is involved too.

With enemies from her past rearing their ugly heads, and the press and public up in arms, Allie has her work cut out to get to the shocking truth. Can she and her loyal team stop the killer who has a close-knit community living in fear?

And by raking up secrets from the past, has she made the Abbott family the next target, especially fourteen-year-old Kelsey?

Set within the gritty streets of Stoke-on-Trent, this fast-paced British detective novel is a dark murder mystery with an emotional pull.

Broken Promises is the fourth novel in the Allie Shenton series of crime thrillers from the million selling British author, Mel Sherratt, and perfect for fans of DS Butler, LJ Ross, Angela Marsons, Joy Ellis, Rachel McClean, Caroline Mitchell and Meg Jolly.

My Thoughts:

This is the fourth book in the series featuring Detective Allie Shenton.

As the book description states, the story centres on the grittier part of Stoke-on-Trent. The victims are all known to the police for various crimes so in some respects you would be forgiven for it crossing your mind if it was any real loss to society. Of course, murder is a crime and no matter what, no one should take that decision to end someone else’s life.

There is some compassion throughout this story. More so in the way of loved ones of the victims. As always, I didn’t envy Allie and her team having to inform the next of kin. You can see how much it mentally drains the police and not just the families. We also get to see how the pressure of the job affects Allie in her home life although these are just small glimpses as the story mainly focuses on the case.

I was so sure I had it all worked out as well as to who the killer was only to have it totally wrong. It certainly came as a shock to me as well as the reasoning of why these people had been murdered.

Broken Promises was a much anticipated read that didn’t disappoint. The storyline had me hooked from the first page and holding on tight until the very end. The pacing was spot on and had me racing towards the end to see what the outcome would be. A grippingly tense, crime thriller that you won’t be able to put down!

My thanks to the author for an advanced reader’s copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in any way.

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