“Hush Hush” by Mel Sherratt begins with a brief account of an attack in March 2017; the significance of which soon becomes obvious. Readers jump ahead to August 2018, and find Grace Allendale meeting colleagues in her new job as detective sergeant. She is brought up to speed on local affairs including “The Steeles,” one of the local crime families. The head of the family, George, had been murdered the previous year, and his killer was still at large. What she does not tell her new colleges is that George Steele, criminal, racketeer and murder victim, had been her father. Now additional murders have the community on edge, and it is up to Allendale and her team to find the killer.
Sherratt created a very different police procedural thriller combination with murder, family drama, and page-turning action. Allendale is a convincing character who struggles to balance job loyalty and family connections, and at times, it seems that both sides are out to get her. Readers almost become part of Allendale’s team and experience the pressure as she struggles to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team. There are a number of twists and turns along the way to a satisfying and appropriate end.
“Hush Hush” is a fast-paced police thriller. The characters are believable and the action is non-stop. I was given a copy of “Hush Hush” by Mel Sherratt, Harper Colins, and NetGalley. This was the first book I have read by Mel Sherratt, and I cannot wait to read the next in this compelling series.