The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt


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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…?


Minor spoilers ahead based on some of the subjects addressed in this book.

This story covers multiple crimes within one book, and while it could have all turned into a jumbly lump, the author pulled them all together quite nicely. Having read the whole book in one day, I have to say it’s quite a page turner!

It may just be me, but the introduction of many characters in the beginning of the book left me a bit confused. It took me awhile to get everyone straight, but once I did and the plot began to unfold, it was a very interesting read.

There are many strong subjects taken on here – bullying, kidnapping, petty crime, grief, abandonment, eating disorders, and suicide just to name a few. It was a bold move by the author to cover so many issues, but I feel they were handled with grace. There is a lot of potential here for the beginning of a strong series.

3.5 stars

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Zuky the BookBum · March 17, 2017

    Glad you liked this book. I read it a while back and wasn;t so into it myself 🙂


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