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Somewhere to Hide (The Estate #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  433 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
With the death of her husband and a tragic secret she is desperate to bury, Cath Mason opens her home to young women who need a roof over their head and a sympathetic ear. From victims of domestic violence to drug addicts, no woman is beyond Cath's helping hand. The only problem? She lives on the notorious Mitchell Estate, where temptation and trouble lurk on every corner. ...more
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published December 19th 2013 by Blood Red Books (first published June 29th 2012)
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Aug 10, 2016 Maxine (Booklover Catlady) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is the first of the series "The Estate" and if it's an indicator of the next books count me in! I absolutely loved reading Somewhere to Hide, there was really nothing to not like about it. What we have is a very well written novel with an interesting and ever fluid plot, down to earth and three dimensional characters and a freaking awesome twist at the end of the book.

With the death of her husband and a tragic secret she is desperate to bury, Cath Mason opens her home to young women who ne
Jun 18, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christine by: Bill and Janet 4
Brit-grit-lit author Mel Sherratt has another winner with Somewhere to Hide (The Estate series, #1). This is my 3rd Sherratt book, having read Taunting the Dead and Follow the Leader earlier this year. I enjoyed this book very much and am pleased to see that there are currently 2 more novels in this series.

Ms. Sherratt describes The Estate series as grit-lit crime drama, which I found to be a fitting description of Somewhere to Hide. I find this type of writing to be an excellent change of pace
Heather Burnside
May 23, 2016 Heather Burnside rated it really liked it
This is a great setting for a series. The characterisation is strong. Each character has their own distinct personality and, because of the nature of the main character, Cath's, work, they all bring their own set of problems too. In terms of this particular book, I kind of spoilt it for myself because I had the plot figured out. However, I look forward to reading other books in the series and by the same author.
Bill Kupersmith
Oct 28, 2012 Bill Kupersmith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An "estate" in Britain is what Americans call a "housing project" and has exactly the same connotations of crime, drugs, violence, and illegitimacy. A really bad one is called a "sink estate." This series of novels centres on the Mitchell Estate, which contains a mixture of a few respectable folks at one end and a lot of low lifes at the other. Amongst the good people, Cathy Mason shines. She is a thirty-something widow who maintains a combination open house and shelter for runaway teenaged ...more
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I recently started hearing more and more about the author Mel Sherratt. Followers to my blog were suggesting I read her and I’m extremely glad I listened to them. Mel self-published her first book in 2011 and went on to become a Kindle bestseller and a best selling book of 2012. It took me no time at all to fall into the pattern and speed of the book and it seems like Cathy Mason has for once bitten off more than she can chew.

Liz and her daughter were characters I immediately liked and felt myse
Feb 05, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mel has brilliantly captured life on a typical housing estate that can be found up and down the land. A real, pulls no punches look at what life is like, living on one of these estates, in this case, the Mitchell estate.

The characters are well described and engaging and the whole thing is written very well in a down to earth style which is exactly what is called for in this instance. Anything flowery just wouldn't have suited!

I enjoyed it and will be reading the rest of the 'estate' book serie
Feb 20, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Overall I enjoyed this one, I found it to be a little slow halfway through but it picked up towards the end
I bought this book on a recommendation from an online friend when it reduced in price. Its one of a series and as yet this is the only one I have read, so far.

There are lots of characters in this book, the main one being Cathy who takes in troubled teens and woman who are in abusive relationships. She would love to help them all, however she cannot. Its just a house that she lives in on a notorious hard hitting street. Cathy too has a surprise in store at the end of this book. I guessed what it
Jan 09, 2013 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right from the first few pages, and the introduction of the character Cathy I knew I was going to love this book. It's fast easy flowing pace, engrossing plot and believable characters make it an excellent read. Every turn of the page has you drawn in as each character has a secret or story to tell, just as you think you're going to find out what it is, the plot twist cleverly to keep you reading on for more. Brilliantly written by Mel Sherratt.
Miss Dizzy Read
I read this book as it was likened to 'shameless' sadly it was a bit flat and lacked intensity, grit and drama, was a bit basically written aswell, 2/3 of the way it livened up a bit, but was predictable and cheesy at the end
Sean Talbot
Oct 27, 2015 Sean Talbot rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book that had me guessing till near the end. Cath is a great chatacter and while parts of this book are very sad I still found some of thr characters very endearing
Apr 02, 2013 Trish rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointed with this book, there wasn't any real depth to the storyline.
Not well written, which is a shame :-(
Nigel Courtenay
Sep 10, 2012 Nigel Courtenay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Good insight to the world of what things must be like on loads of estates across the country.
Oct 21, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it
Well I've been on a bit of a Mel Sherratt binge this week and this is the 3rd of her books I've read in one week!
Somewhere To Hide is the first in The Estate series and tells of life on The Mitchell Estate. Fast paced and emotional as we follow the life of Cathy who opens her home to those greatest in need. But why is Cathy so determined to help others? Is there something that she is trying to make up for?
I loved the characters in this book - each and everyone of them - there is a real sense of
Sep 11, 2014 Jemma rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2014
This novel is based on a housing estate near Manchester, in the UK. Cath Mason has a secret she never told anyone, and feels lost without her late husband. Now, she runs a service with a local community officer and takes distressed young women into her home. Jess has been there for a year, is seventeen, and still won't get herself a job, despite Cath's efforts to get her to attend courses. There are three new arrivals for Cath to deal with: 16-year-old Becky escapes from her rapist uncle and ...more
Sep 22, 2016 Theweebarrell rated it it was amazing
Another good book by Mel Sherratt
Oct 20, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Having read the Allie Shenton series by the same author and having heard lots of great things about The Estate series, I had to give them a try and all I can say is OMG!!!

Somewhere to Hide is the first book in the series and as the series name suggests the novel is set on an estate that is rife with crime.

As with wherever you live, there are good and bad areas as well as good and bad people. Unfortunately the estate seems to have its fair share of bad.

Cath is a wonderful character, having lost h
Nicki Southwell
Jun 09, 2016 Nicki Southwell rated it really liked it

I was recommended this author and I am so pleased that I have now read this book. This is the first in a series of books based on the notorious Mitchell Estate.

Cath, the central character, has been widowed in her 30,s and with a kind heart, she opens her house to any woman or child in distress. The book opens with the arrival of a teenager who has run away from home. Can Cath get to the bottom of what is troubling Becky and why is her father not looking for her?

She already has another teen stayi
May 13, 2015 Anthony rated it it was ok
A friend of mine recommended this series, but I don't think I'm going to continue with it. While the story is nicely paced and the writing is fine, there were a number of aspects to the story which seemed lazy and clichéd.

Many characters felt very two-dimensional, particularly the teenage girls. (Maybe this was on purpose to show how shallow and boring they were?) The men came in two varieties: dominant, aggressive and abusive. Or submissive, servants whose sole purpose seemed to be to do whate
Sep 12, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
First I have read of this author and after reading this it won't be the last. A lot of reviews focus on the grittiness, which of course there is,but that is life on The Estate. However I was impressed with the characters and how they tried their hardest to rise above their situation. Cath was my favourite character as she really was the mother hen and despite a sad past was determined that everyone that lived with her would have a happy future. Rather than just one bad situation after another ...more
Michelle Thompson
Jul 11, 2016 Michelle Thompson rated it liked it
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Sep 26, 2015 Geraldine marked it as abandoned
I liked the idea of this book. I believe the author is/was a Housing Officer & was using her experience to relate tales of people stuck on a sink estate. Seemed like a good idea, plenty of opportunity to explore character & describe events.

Sadly, it's poorly written and dull. A narrative that plods away at the same unaltering pace. Dull conversations that neither highlight character or sow plot. Characteristics have been allocated to each character and they do not deviate from their allo
Nov 21, 2015 Teresa rated it really liked it
Until recently I hadn't read anything by Mel Sherratt, and having all of the Estate Series books on my tbr list I decided to pop my Mel Sherratt cherry and read Secrets on the Estate, which gives an insight into the lives of the people who live on the Mitchell Estate. I enjoyed that book so much I decided to read the first in the series, Somewhere to Hide, straight after. This book was edgy, full of secrets and I loved it. When the secrets began to be revealed it was quite unexpected, parts of ...more
This was like EastEnders, only in book form. The first in a series, this first book centres around Cath Mason, and the girls she takes in, introducing us to some other locals on the estate also. The other books in the series focus on other locals, and their stories.

It took a while to get into, and its very light reading- not exactly chewing your finger-nails-off suspense but it filled a gap. This is the book equivalent of having a hobnob with a cuppa before dinner- naughty but it'll keep you go
Jun 19, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I read by Mel Sherratt. Just like "Taunting the Dead", "Somewhere to Hide" is filled with well written characters who appear different but actually share similar difficult issues. The characters are very vivid and would stay with readers, even after finishing the book. In "Somewhere to Hide" the plot lines involve serious social issues that are heartbreaking but also include the importance of positive community support for helping individuals in need move forward and ...more
Hoopz Chick x
Feb 26, 2013 Hoopz Chick x rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow! I came across this book by chance. so glad I did! what a read! this story grabs you within the first paragraph and simply doesn't put you back down again until the final full stop. I read this in 2 sittings and have already downloaded book 2 to start right after I've finished this review. I highly recommend this book.
This was the first book I read on my Kindle and as soon as I started I was hooked & knew I was going to love it. It's fast easy flowing pace, gritty plot and believable characters made it an excellent read. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a book with twists and turns and true to life drama. The Estate would make for a great TV series.
Decent Read...

It was a decent story. I like the twist and turns that are always woven into her storylines. I had just finished one of her other books and it was pretty good, so I purchased the estate series. Being from America, it took a moment to comprehend the English phrases and slang, but not a hindrance to understanding the storyline. Overall it was okay.
Rebecca Bradley
Nov 22, 2012 Rebecca Bradley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is something Mel Sherratt does brilliantly. She gets into the heads of her characters, the mood of the estate and the hearts of those who have something to lose, and then she shake things up a bit and sees where they all land. Brilliantly written and realistic. I love her characters and can't wait for the next in the series. A great read!
Katrina De
Feb 03, 2016 Katrina De rated it liked it
I thought it was a good read and well written.
Without giving anything away, I thought there was a bit of a jump at the end of the story to lead to the grand finale. I don't think it was likely that it would all be solved so neatly and it lost me a bit there.
Overall a good book though with an interesting story.
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