A man’s body is found on a canal towpath. In his pocket, a magnetic letter in the shape of an E.
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.
OMG I loved, loved, LOVED this book!!! Mel Sherratt, my dear, this book is sheer brilliance!!! I'm ashamed not to have read it before.
Returning to work after the Christmas holidays, DS Allie Shenton is immediately thrown in a murder investigation. A businessman has been stabbed in a canal towpath. A magnetic plastic letter E is found in the victim's pocket. Was this letter the victim's or the killer's signature?
When another murder victim is found soon after displaying a plastic letter V, Allie and her team find themselves on a race against time to catch this serial killer - a killer who loves to play games. Who is the killer? Why is he killing these people? Are the victims targeted or chosen at random? Why is he leaving these plastic letters? Is he trying to convey some message? How will they catch him? Apart from this case, Allie is also still on the lookout for the person who has destroyed her sister's life.
In 'Follow the Leader', Mel Sherratt has drawn out a fantastic, cleverly weaved plot. From the outset we know who the killer is, but this doesn't impede the reader from enjoying the book to the full. It was thrilling to read how Allie and her team searched for the missing puzzle pieces to work out the killer's identity and I found myself biting my nails on more than one occasion. The ending left me gasping for breath. We're left with a cliffhanger, but thank goodness I already have the next book, 'Only the Brave', to read as I want to know what happens next.
With strongly depicted and realistic characters, believable dialogue and Mel's impeccable writing, this book is a must for every thriller lover. I loved every word in it and obviously I highly recommended it!!
I would like to thank Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me to read this book in return of an honest review.
About the Author
Mel Sherratt has been a self-described “meddler of words” ever since she can remember. After winning her first writing competition at the age of eleven, she has rarely been without a pen in her hand or her nose in a book.
Since successfully publishing Taunting the Dead and seeing it soar to the rank of #1 bestselling police procedural in the Amazon Kindle store in 2012, Mel has gone on to publish four more books in the critically acclaimed The Estate Series and a psychological thriller, Watching over You.
Mel was shortlisted for the Crime Writer’s Association Dagger in the Library Award 2014 and has written feature articles for The Guardian, the Writers and Artists website and Writers’ Forum Magazine, to name just a few. She regularly speaks at conferences, events and festivals.
She lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with her husband and her terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer, with some help from her Twitter fans), and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for her writing.
Her website is www.melsherratt.co.uk and you can find her on Twitter at @writermels.