Follow The Leader by Mel Sherratt
Days later, a second victim is found, this time with the letter V tucked into her clothing.
As the body count rises, the eerie, childlike clues point to a pattern that sends DS Allie Shenton and her colleagues into full alert.
The race is on. Allie and the team must work quickly to determine where the killer will strike next. The rules are simple but deadly—to catch the killer, they must follow the leader.
From the acclaimed author of Taunting the Dead comes a flesh-creeping tale of a child’s game with a terrifying, grown-up twist. This is the second book in the DS Allie Shenton series but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.
This is my second book read in the week-long #BoutofBooks reading challenge. It is released on 10th February and my copy is from NetGalley. I also have to disclose that I’m acknowledged at the end of the book as being one of Mel’s early reader’s so being a friend, I am a little biased. So what I’ll do is tell you my thoughts and let you decide if it’s your kind of book. Really, what I usually do!
Firstly, I will say I love the cover of this book and Mel is doing one of my Cover Questions for the blog, so you will find out a little bit more behind the book itself soon.
Follow The Leader starts straight in the action with the first murder and moves quickly through each subsequent murder. As readers we already know who is killing these people. We also get to know, from flashbacks, the reasoning behind the murders. So in here we have scenes with our victims and killer, the police procedural side and flashbacks sprinkled in. It’s weaved together really well.
If you have read any of Mel’s other books you will know that she writes what she likes to call ‘grit lit’ real people on housing estates. She gets them and understands them and there is a feel of that knowledge of people and that style here, but weaved in with the police procedural investigation.
DS Allie Shenton is down to earth and likable. Though she really should wear flatter heels for work!
When the final reveal of the magnetic letters comes, it’s perfect. It just couldn’t have been done any other way, yet I didn’t see it coming.
What she does really well with this book is look at how our formative years influence who we are now and addresses bullying and the unhappiness it brings. A satisfying ending, but also an ending that leaves you wanting to read the next one…