Book reviews

The Girls Next Door (Detective Eden Berrisford 1) by Mel Sherratt

The Girls Next Door (Detective Eden Berrisford, #1)The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This story started with a bang but unfortunately, for me, meandered for the rest of the book. The prologue is great, but the story then splits loosely into three separate strands and only one of them felt properly fleshed out. I found there were far too many characters; several of them were little more than names – there was an awful lot of ‘telling not showing’ – and most of them were quite unsympathetic. Although all of the strands were ultimately resolved satisfactorily, there was a lot of repetition of the characters’ thoughts and actions along the way.

I did like the character of Eden and it was a nice change to have a female detective without the emotional baggage of a tragic childhood and who can actually get on with her boss! I would be interested to read more about Eden. As always, I am very grateful to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this ARC.

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