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Hush Hush

(DS Grace Allendale #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,944 ratings  ·  202 reviews

A gripping new series from million-copy bestseller Mel Sherratt

A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It’s up to DS Grace Allendale to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team.

All clues lead to local crime family the Steeles, but that’s where things get complicated. Because the Steeles aren’t

Kindle Edition, 401 pages
Published October 18th 2018 by Avon
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Kylie D
A gripping crime thriller that sees newly promoted DS Grace Allendale return to her home city of Stoke-On-Trent after the death of her estranged father George Steele. Grace and her mother had luckily gotten away from her abusive father while Grace was still young, but George's subsequent family weren't so fortunate. The Steele family have now set themselves up in their father's stead as local crime bosses, and the return of their half-sister, a policewoman to boot, causes more friction amongst t ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

I was a fan of two of Mel Sherratt’s other series, so I was pleased to get a chance to undertake her newest. And this one has a great premise. Grace’s father had two families. While her mother took her and escaped an abusive marriage, the other family stayed in Stoke-on-Trent. Years later, Grace is on the force, newly promoted to DS and has been recently transferred back to Stoke-on -Trent. Meanwhile, her half brothers have inherited the largest crime syndicate there. And the first murder Grace
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars rounded to 4 stars

Ah, vintage Sherratt!! I love Mel Sherratt. She is such a versatile writer. Her language is brit grit lit. She is a talented author of police procedurals, psychological thrillers, contemporary/women’s fiction, crime fiction, and suspense. I have read most of her books, and though it is hard to pick a favorite, this one ranks highly. I have to admit I was disappointed in her last novel, She Did It, but I’m not the biggest fan of psychological thrillers; her other fans
Dash fan
5☆ A Taut, Pacy Crime Thriller, I couldn't put down!

Hush Hush is a fast paced chilling police procedural that mixes with a gripping crime thriller. I literally couldn't put down!

This is the first book in a new series and wow did it go off with a bang!

I can't say anything about the plot for risk of giving anything away, the blurb says plenty.

But what I will say is, Grace is the new DI, and she's about to make a HUGE impact on Stokes gangland. But there's only one drawback.... She's hiding a big s
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hush Hush by Mel sherratt is a great guessing game of a police thriller.
It's page flipping, exciting with murder and family drama thrown in.
I've read a few police procedural series and they all start to be the same this one is different as it has just that little something extra.
If you enjoy edge of your seat police procedural thrillers I recommend this one.
I'm looking forward to see what comes next in this series.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it

Killers on the loose.
This one kills anywhere they feel comfortable with and most of all safe.

This of course can’t continue and Grace Allendale has to help solve this terrible crime and with her team bring the killer to justice.

There is one thing though......
It leads to her family. The steele family well known for their criminal activity .

Grace had a violent father.
This is his extended family, her blood.

Her Team are not the easiest to work with, she is forever in doubt with them, she feels she’s
Louise Wilson
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
DS Grace Allendale #1

DS Grace Allendale has returned to her hometown of Stoke-on-Trent. She had been based in Manchester and her husband had died two years previously.she is in charge of a new team and it does not sit well with all of them. Plus she has to keep her relationship to the Steele's a secret. Her first case involves her half brothers and sister, who she is estranged from. The Steele's own a gym, but they are also one of the most powerful families in the criminal underworld. The first
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A gripping new series from Mel Sherratt.

D.S Grace Allendale has moved from Salford back to her childhood home in Stoke on Trent after the death of her estranged father George Steele.

Grace’s mother managed to escape from her abusive husband George when Grace was young, but George’s second wife and three children weren’t so lucky. The Steele family run a gym along with other criminal activities

Grace is keeping it secret from her new colleagues that she is related to the infamous Steele family.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I am a huge fan of this authors books so was very excited to see that she was writing a new series. Grace I am sure is going to be a massive hit with fans new and old.

Grace has returned to her home town and finds herself working on a case which means she has to have dealings with family that she would rather never have to set eyes on. Having had a violent father growing up, they certainly weren't happy times for Grace and she wants to forget all about it. Sadly her estranged family are very much
Mandy White
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Hush Hush is the first book in a new detective series by Mel Sherratt and I just loved it! Already looking forward to book 2 in April 2019. The characters in this book just work and story had me wanting more from the very beginning. I have not read many books by the author and now I am wondering why. If you like this genre of book then I highly recommend this one.

DS Grace Allendale returns to her childhood home of Stoke for a fresh start and a promotion. She has suffered a great loss and hopes t
Sean Peters
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, thank you to Net Galley, the publishers and my friend Mel Sherratt, who has been a loyal member of my group for years.

A gripping new series from million-copy bestseller Mel Sherratt

An absolute masterpiece. Twisty, turny and full of surprises!’ ANGELA MARSONS, with Angela Marsons being a favourite author of mine as well, and I agree with heron this book !

A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It’s up to DS Grace Allendale
The Book Review Café
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
4.5 ⭐️ I’ve long been a fan of Mel Sherratt’s writing, she is such a versatile writer, and proves it by writing books in a wide range of genres whether it be a psychological thriller, crime fiction or suspense you are always guaranteed a cracking read. When I picked up Hush Hush the first book in a new crime series featuring DS Grace Allendale I was hoping she would incorporate her trade mark “grit lit” into the story, something this author does so well. I’m thrilled to report I personally think ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars and a bit, though I'm leaving at 4 round down...

Exactly what I needed at the moment. A bit of a thriller, but not too twisted, not too gory, yet clever enough. A bit of life drama, not going into sappy side. Interesting characters.
I call this "medium to well done" thriller :))

Grace is trying to get back on to her feet, after life knocked her down taking away her husband. He died from cancer just when they thought life was perfect and everything was in the right places.
To start afresh Gra
Cameron Wiggins
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
First, I wish to thank NetGalley and Open Road Media for the opportunity to read this digital e-book in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Mel Sherratt is back in a big way with a new character in her latest Stoke-ont-the-Trent thirller, Hush Hush. And, I am here to tell you that Sherratt does not disappoint her readers. Sherratt is, IMHO, developing into quite an elite English thriller writer. I would put her very close to the ranks of Sharon Bolton and Angela Marsons. They all can write v
Adele Shea
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I must admit, after reading all of the DS Allie Shenton books, I didn't think I would gell with DS Grace Allendale as much. I was wrong. Mel Sherratt has the ability to reel you in with her storylines, keeps you hooked and leaves you wanting more.
I can not wait until the next installment of DS Allendale and her team in April 2019.
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
I seriously can’t believe this is my first read by this author. Although I have some of her previous books I just have t had a chance. I’m so glad I read this as I’ll now be reading her others.

DS Grace Allendale has moved back to her home town. Along with working with a new team she has her first murder to investigate. All is not as it seems when the investigation leads her to her step family.

This is a well thought out storyline. Brilliant page turner with plenty of twists and turns. I absolute
Sean Talbot
This is the first in an exciting new series.  Mel known for her Estate series which isn't a hard hitting crime series but this one really hits you hard and fast.
Grace Allendale is a powerful woman who has returned back to her childhood home and believe me she isn't too happy about this or in life.
The conflict in this book really shows a diverse ability in writing as it isn't the utopian book where everything is smooth from the start.  In fact Grace has to deal with a lot of emotions that are dif
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was over the moon to get an ARC of this book which is the first in a new crime series by one of my favourite authors. Grace has a very dark past and it's something which she knows she will have to face when she accepts a job as a D.S. in the town where she was brought up. She is also aware that she will have to tread carefully as she has connections to family who are far from squeaky clean.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled to receive an ARC of Mel Sherrat’s first book in the new series Hush hush, as I have read several of her books and enjoyed all of them’
Grace Allendale has come back to home town of Stoke on Trent, to take up a promotion at the local police station as the new Detective Sergeant. There is a killer on the loose and at first, there is a bit of hostility between her new team, as the previous DS left big boots to fill.
Also being back in Stoke reminds her of her childhood, when she and
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A new author for me and the start of a new series.
A really good crime thriller and it is British.
I was hooked and read this book in one sitting. It is brutal and very descriptive.
A great police procedural and a brilliant start to a very interesting series.
Why has it taken me so long to find this author? I am already searching for more books from this fantastic author.
Can't wait for the next in this explosive series.
I would like to thank the author Mel Sherratt,Avon Books UK and Net.galley
Julie Lacey
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a brilliant start to a new series.
I loved this book and all the characters are easy to connect with - and the Steeles easy to dislike!
Grace returns home to Stoke for a job opportunity and struggles to keep a family secret to herself.
It’s not long before she’s dealing with her first murder and has to interview the Steeles as it happened in their gym’s car park.
This is a gritty crime thriller and whilst I had my suspicions about who the killer was, I must admit I got it wrong.
It’s quite e
Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley and Avon Books UK for this arc.

I was excited to start reading this after seeing fantastic reviews for it here and on Goodreads. The story was great, nice and twisty. But I found the characters somewhat disappointing overall in their consistency and immaturity. Maybe that will change as the series progresses. It felt more like they were presented that way to move the story along into another "twist." To be fair, I generally find books that are marketed as "psychological suspen
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

So, a new author for me and with a big stable of 11 books behind her I was pleased this was book 1 in a new series
Grace Allendale returns to her hometown of Stoke on Trent and murders start happening....she has a secret though....she is related to the biggest crime family in Stoke...the story then follows the police procedure re these killings ( and they are gruesome ) and the inevitable contact with her ‘family’, the wounds this opens and then the connection between her past and what is happen
Caroline Mitchell
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, crime
Mel Sherratt has pulled another great series out of the hat. I loved DS Allie Shenton, so I was keen to read about DS Grace Allendale, the new detective on the block. When I say new... this lead character has roots in Stoke and family connections that rear up to greet her in the most terrifying way. DS Allendale has to choose - her team or her family. Where do her loyalties lie?
As with all Mel Sherratt books, you are guaranteed a gritty, heart stopping read. Nobody is safe in Hush Hush and it is
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read and enjoyed previous Mel Sherratt books and was excited to see a new series with a new character – welcome DS Grace Allendale.

Mel Sherratt has brought us another excellent British crime thriller which had me gripped so much so that I sat and read it in one sitting. I did find it to be very descriptive, brutal and chilling which may not be for everyone but the story is more than worth reading – just skim over the horrible bits!

A great police procedural. There is a strong family elemen
Joanne Robertson
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ok full disclosure here, I am a HUGE fan of…oatcakes and any book that features them is always going to be high on my wishlist! But if you don’t know this local delicacy then prepare yourself, because after reading Hush Hush you are going to be taking a road trip to Stoke on Trent to fill your belly! But that’s enough about the cities cuisine because there is SO much more to this book than hot oatcakes stuffed with melted cheese and crispy, salty bacon!! Mel Sherratt knows her city well and it c ...more
Caitlyn Lynch
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, crime
First in a new series about a female Detective Sergeant with the Major Crimes Unit in Stoke-on-Trent, a smallish city in the Midlands, Hush Hush follows Grace Allendale as she transfers from Manchester to Stoke, taking a promotion and returning to her roots. She’s thrown straight in at the deep end with a series of murders connected to the criminal Steele family - who just happen to be related to Grace a lot closer than she’d like.

I’m still not sure why Grace wanted to go back to Stoke in the fi
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Instantly hooked, HUSH HUSH by Mel Sherratt is a disturbing and completely compelling crime fiction novel with a main character that will leave you wanting more - which is great as this is the first book in a brand new series!

DS Grace Allendale has returned home even though it holds a lot of bad memories and there are people that she would love to avoid. But when a killer targets people in their homes and where they work, she will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth. But these murders will
I was anxiously waiting for this book to be delivered to my Kindle. When I finished the book, I was a tad disappointed. This is a good start to this new series, but it left me down for various reasons. You have a female Detective Sergeant Grace Allendale who returns to her home town in Stoke-on-Trent and is immediately tasked with finding the killer who has so far murdered three people in a vicious manner. Her step-family is the Steele family who runs a gym as a front for their illicit operation ...more
Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog
This was the first book I read from the Author, but having heard a lot both about this and others, I was very excited to get stuck in!! Although the dates are set on here as 8th-11th October, this was actually my second read through of the book, but as I forgot to mark it down previously I don’t have a clue on the date from my first read through!

And yet. The reread should instantly tell you to pick this up! I loved this Book and am so impatient for book two in April! I can’t wait to see what Gra
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I write police procedurals, psychological suspense and women's fiction with a punch - or grit-lit, as I call it.

I live in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with my husband and terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer) and makes liberal use of my hometown as a backdrop for some of my books.

You can find out more at my website or I'm on Twitter at @writermels

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