Tuesday Intro: The Girls Next Door

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week I’m reading a book I’ve heard lots of good things about and, as I’m already a fan of the author have high hopes for, The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt. Here’s what it’s about…

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…? 

And here’s how it starts…

The Fight

April 2015

Katie Trent dragged her feet as she walked down the street towards the park. Her best friend, Jess, was ill and already she felt lost without her, even though lately she seemed to be glued to the hip of her boyfriend, Cayden.

When Jess had rang to say she wasn’t able to go out that night, Katie had suggested calling to see her instead of going to meet Nathan. Nathan was her new boyfriend –but not by choice. It was Cayden who had wanted her to get friendly with him. He saw Nathan as their inroad, their ticket to more involvement with the Barker brothers.

Katie didn’t really like him that much. Although she knew some of her other friends were envious because he was attractive in a bad-boy way, his moods were volatile and she hadn’t wanted to meet him unless it was in a foursome. But Jess had been adamant that she should go without her, said it was important that she keep up the act. It was all right for Jess, she thought. She didn’t have to have Nathan’s tongue rammed down her throat. She shuddered involuntarily.

What do you think – would you keep reading?


  1. This sounds interesting, I hope you are enjoying it. 🙂

    1. I think it will be. A difficult subject.

  2. I generally like mystery/thrillers. Enjoy!

    1. I hope I do. I have high hopes.

    2. I hope I do. I have high hopes.

  3. I would continue reading… I’m intrigued. I hope you enjoy!

    1. Me too. It gets such good reviews I hope I’m not disappointed

  4. This sounds like a decent thriller. Hope you love it.

    1. I hope it is. It will be if her other books are anything to go by.

  5. I do love thrillers, and crime fiction…so this one is going on my list. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “INHERITING EDITH”

    1. Me too. I was so pleased when it arrived on my kindle after preordering.

  6. Wow, this sounds pretty intense, but then I like intense. Yes, I’d keep reading.

    1. That seems to be a theme from reviews I’ve read. The subject is a difficult one I think.

  7. The blurb sounded interesting but I didn’t like the beginning. Hope you’re enjoying it.

    1. No, I understand what you mean. It’s a long prologue and I struggled to know where to end it. It does get more intriguing quickly.

  8. I remember an attack like this happening in a high school. I was so scared it would come to our school. I like the cover. The red makes it pop.

    1. I’m lucky i’ved never experienced something like this but it feels like life is a lot more difficult for teenagers etc. Than it once.

  9. Yes I’d keep reading Emma although I am already worried for Katie – I can’t see this ending well!

    1. No I can’t either. I’ve only skimmed reviews on this one as I planned on reading it but they are all saying that shocking things happen.

  10. Yep, def do not see this ending well at all but intriguing start though doomed!

    1. No not at all. So far though it’s all well done

  11. […] this week, well at least books because I got completely lost in news reports.  I did finish my Tuesday Intro read, The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt but that was it. Hopefully I will be less distracted this […]

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