25th Mar2015

Book Review – Follow The Leader

by Lloyd Paige



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.

Mel Sherratt’s Follow The Leader introduces us to a group of characters that are connected by an unpleasant past. They are all leading different lives, some happily, others not quite so, but everything soon becomes disrupted, in spectacular fashion.

Revenge is the key theme here and Sherratt has centered on her hometown of Stoke-on-Trent, and those who inhabit it. There’s Sandra, Patrick, and Mickey for starters and others too, as we get an insight into what they were as children and what they become as adults.

This is a another case for DS Allie Shenton and it isn’t long before the bodies begin to pile up, and all Shenton’s got to go on are single letters left by the killer after a crime.

We soon realize that the letters spell a word that will give us a clue to the motive, but in between we’re given some unpleasant situations.

Patrick is the bad boy of this piece and is sinister to say the least and as we race towards the finale the less strong willed among us will be shaken and definitely stirred.

To Sherratt’s credit she’s made the story easy to get into and it pulls you in from the first few pages. She even manages to make the bizarre plausible with an incident involving pizza.

Overall, Follow The Leader is a gritty crime ridden read, with strong disturbing themes integrated into everyday life and is Sherratt’s most accomplished Allie Shenton adventure yet.

Follow the Leader by Mel Sherratt

Print Length: 337 pages

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Language: English


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