Synopsis: Liz, with her young daughter, runs from her husband. Sixteen-year-old Becky stabs her uncle and makes a run for it. Back in prison after selling her body for drugs, Cheryl will be out soon with no one to turn to. All three are looking for somewhere to stay.
Following the tragic death of her husband, Cathy Mason opens her home to young women who need a roof over their head and a sympathetic ear. But strange things start to happen - malicious notes are posted through her door, her belongings trashed and a homeless teenager is found murdered. Cathy reckons it’s just part of daily life on the estate but when those she cares about most fall prey to violence, she begins to suspect a past mistake is about to catch up with her - and she’s unsure that she’ll ever be ready for it...
Kat's Review: 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 myself rooting for then from the outset. Becky was a slightly different story because I didn’t instantly like her. Although that was the case as the story progressed we see what has happened to Becky and the reasons for her becoming what she is now.
Mel Sherratt touched on numerous subjects that can be sore points for people the biggest one being domestic violence. She has managed to create however, a story that grabs your attention and doesn’t allow you to squirm away from the harsh realities of life than many real people (as well as fictional characters) face. The story had so much going on and kept my interest throughout.
I really enjoyed the book and was so pleased that I finally got around to reading this. There are two more books in this Estate series of books, both of which are ready for me on my Kindle. I think this book is a brilliant example of what talent you can fins out there amongst the self-published authors. A brilliant read and I’m really looking forward to the next one.