Today I'm very excited to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Don't Look Behind You. Thank you to Bookouture for my advance review copy of the book.
Detective Sergeant (DS) Eden Berrisford is back, working in the community to make Stockleigh a safer place. Everyone is horrified when a number of young women are assaulted. Can she find the perpetrator before his crimes become more serious? Meanwhile, her community work takes her to The Willows refuge, where she meets Carla, who is working as a counsellor there. Carla is herself a survivor of domestic violence, and her husband has recently been released from prison. He has promised to come back for her, but can Carla keep herself safe?
In my review for The Girls Next Door in October, I wrote that I was looking forward to seeing how the character of DS Eden Berrisford would develop over time, and I was not disappointed. Her ability to empathise with the victims of the crimes she is investigating remains in Don't Look Behind You and this transferred to me as a reader, as I wanted Eden and her team to find their man. In this second instalment in the series, we also discover more about Eden's past, especially her relationship with estranged husband, Danny, and this helped me to relate to her. This sets Eden apart from other fictional female detectives who often appear distant from their colleagues and the community.
There are two separate plots in Don't Look Behind You, which run alongside each other. Although it took me a while to become accustomed to this writing style, this technique allows Sherratt to build tension in each plot by alternating chapters. As the plots develop, the tension is palpable, and this means the novel is very difficult to put down as it reaches its climax!
Central to Don't Look Behind You is the theme of domestic violence. I imagine that this is a difficult subject about which to write, but Sherratt does so brilliantly. Her characters - both the survivors and the perpetrators - are incredibly believable, so much so that I actually found myself looking over my shoulder at various points as I was reading, and was completely immersed in the stories of the women at the refuge.
I enjoyed Don't Look Behind You very much, and look forward to the next instalment in the series.
You can purchase Don't Look Behind You from Amazon.
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