Erin was a good girl. But someone wanted her dead…
When sixteen-year-old Erin Ellis is attacked, she dies in the arms of her best friend Molly, just metres from her home. Molly is the surviving girl but says she easily could have been the victim – it was a random mugging gone wrong.
With inconclusive evidence, DS Grace Allendale must dig deep within the tight-knit Stoke community for leads. And she soon finds that someone had a motive to kill Erin.
As the investigation unfolds, Grace is reminded of a horrifying case she worked on earlier in her career.
Is the past coming back to haunt her? And can she push through her fear to catch Erin’s killer before it’s too late?
My thoughts on Good Girl…
I love Mel Sherratt and have read a fair few of her books. The ones staring Grace Allendale are some of my favourites. In part because of the ‘push-pull’ that comes with her family, who are local gangsters, ones she wants to bring down but doesn’t quite seem able to. I’m always waiting for her to cross a line, and weighing the balance between what’s right and what’s legal when she does.
Saying that, there isn’t much line-crossing here, though her family are still there, doing things they shouldn’t and in a story that feels ripped from the headlines. It’s also a story that is uncomfortable to read at times given the subject matter. That discomfort, though, is one of the things that I enjoyed so much about this book. It makes it feel more real and makes it stand out from other books in the same genre.
You can’t ask for more than that – but you do get it. You get great characters that feel fully formed. You get a setting that feels real. And you get a plot that twists and turns and keeps you getting. Sherratt really is a great writer and I couldn’t be happier having read Good Girl – roll on the next book in the series!
Please note: I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings, and opinions are my own.