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Watching Over You [Kindle Edition]

Mel Sherratt
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Following the death of her husband and unborn child, Charley Belington sells the family home and bravely starts life over again. On moving into a new flat, she is befriended by her landlady, Ella, who seems like the perfect friend and confidante.

But, unbeknown to Charley, Ella is fighting her own dark and dirty demons as the fallout from a horrific childhood sends her spiralling down into madness—and unspeakable obsessions.

As Ella’s mind splinters, her increasingly bizarre attentions make Charley uneasy. But with every step Charley tries to take to distance herself, Ella moves in a tightening lockstep with her, closer and closer and closer…

From bestselling author Mel Sherratt comes an intense psychological thriller - raw, sexually charged, and darkly claustrophobic, it grabs you by the back of the neck and never lets you go.

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Watching Over You is a tense, erotic thriller with one of the most terrifying antagonists I’ve ever read. The worst terrors are always those that hide closest to home and Charley’s experiences–negotiating her path alone–will be familiar to many. She is as vulnerable as any of us, stronger than she realises, and yet still in mortal danger. Charley is my new best friend, and Ella a terrifying villain–outwardly ordinary and utterly unhinged. Watching Over You is the book you’ll wish you could read from behind a cushion.’ —Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner

‘Wow! I can’t remember the last time a book unsettled me quite this much. Just reading about Ella made me feel grubby – mentally and physically – and it’s testament to Mel’s skills that she achieved such a feat. And Ella isn’t the only creepy character in the book. I’m never leaving my lights on and my curtains open again. You just don’t know who’s watching…’ —Cally Taylor, author of The Accident

‘Sherratt is a unique voice in detective fiction.’ —Mail on Sunday

'Ella’s psychoses entranced me as I turned pages with the glee of a confirmed rubbernecker approaching a motorway pileup.' —

'Watching Over You is an emotionally tense, captivating tale, brilliantly told.' —Kirsty Greenwood, author of Yours Truly

'Watching Over You is Mel’s best novel to date. The writing is tight and emotive in this unsettling story of inadequacy, jealousy and rage.' —

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 write three more books in the critically acclaimed The Estate Series.

Mel has written feature articles for The Guardian, the Writers and Artists website, and Writers’ Forum magazine, to name just a few, and regularly speaks at conferences, events, and talks.

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 and you can find her on Twitter at @writermels.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1332 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147781972X
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (14 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G3NAPL2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I write police procedurals, psychological suspense and fiction with a punch - or grit-lit, as I call it. Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer's Association) Dagger in Library Award 2014, my inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes.

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TAUNTING THE DEAD is part police procedural/part psychological thriller. It has been a standalone for two years but I have now written two more books with Detective Sergeant Allie Shenton as a main character, creating a new series. FOLLOW THE LEADER will be out in February 2015 and ONLY THE BRAVE in Summer 2015.

THE ESTATE SERIES are a mix of psychological suspense and crime thriller. They are too light in places for crime thrillers, and often not enough for the psychological suspense readers out there. They are drama meets crime.

WATCHING OVER YOU is a standalone psychological thriller. It's dark in places, light in places, disturbing in places too - where obsession and friendship turns to murder.

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 7 Feb. 2014
By sandy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book of Mel Sherratt,s had me on the edge of my seat. What a page turner, i was hooked from page 1. It,s a bit different from the estate series, it,s more of a thriller than those, but i could,nt put it down and was angry with myself for reading it to quick!! This author never fails to dissapoint us bookworms and she can,t write quick enough for me. Fantastic author. Keep them coming, Mel.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 14 Jan. 2014
By read-along-with-sue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I would like to thank Amazon publishing, the author and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this remarkable thriller.

I had read book one in her previous series so was aware of the authors style of writing, however this book just blew me away.

I love how the chapters are just long enough that they leave you hanging so you need to read the next chapter, then the next, then the next until the hours have slipped by and you realise you just can't leave this book alone.

I'm going to be a stalker of this author and make sure I keep up with every book she writes! Yes! It was THAT good.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sp Predictable 30 Jan. 2014
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Reading the cover of this book I thought it sounded really good but I really didn't enjoy it. There was gratuitous sex throughout which had no real role in the story. This wwas the first time I have read this author and sadly it will be the last. It was predictable and not good at all. Sorry.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No challenge 24 Mar. 2014
By gillyp
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This book was chosen in a hurry for a holiday read. Big mistake. The characters were transparent and the storyline predictable. The author did not create any suspense which was surely the point of the whole story.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping page turner! 7 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read all of Mel's previous books and was really looking forward to reading her latest. Staying true to form with her own style of 'grit lit' Watching Over You draws you in right from the start! Charley is a likeable character, the sort of person that you'd like as a best friend but who has experienced a devastating loss. She's trying to make a fresh start and rents a flat from Ella. Ella herself has experienced loss too but seems to deal with it in a completely different way. Ella is desperate to befriend Charley but is clumsy in her approach and despite Ella's bizarre behaviour you actually start to feel sorry for her. Mel's books are not for the fainted hearted; you've got voyeurs, violence, grief, obsession and a great deal of sex! It's a gritty read! I won't reveal too much more of the plot but needless to say you will find yourself racing through each chapter just wondering how it will all end. Just like her previous novel (Taunting the Dead), Watching Over You lends itself to being televised. But who would they cast as Ella?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 15 Mar. 2014
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Started this book and couldn't put it down. Ella is one nasty character. Highly recommended. Now to the rest of Mel's books...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another 5* read 28 Mar. 2015
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Mel Sherratt has such a talent. The characterisation is so credible and emotional. The story is believable. But above all, the tension is palpable. Leading to a need to turn the page to find out what happens next.
I have read a number of her works and have not found a bad one yet. Cannot recommend highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read 25 Feb. 2014
By j mason
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I had never heard of Mel Sherratt until a week ago, but now I have now read all of Mel Sherratts books, am so sorry there is no more . Excellent reading and so well written
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read
This is an interesting book which the lay person may find totally believable. However, I found some details unrealistic: a qualified social worker working as support worker, a man... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mrs. Lucie C. Tomkinson
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not an excellent book.
Sorry- it's just a bit naff. I persevered with the whole thing as I hate when people leave bad reviews without bothering to listen to what the author has to say. Read more
Published 6 days ago by lb
2.0 out of 5 stars Pot boiler
Think of most of the cliches you've ever heard and you have this novel. I sincerely recommend you don' bother.
Published 21 days ago by Lynda Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Fantastic gripping book. Could not put it down when started it took me two days to read.Now awaiting more Mel sherratt books to read.
Published 21 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Have only read a couple of books by this author. They have been really enjoyable to read, looking forward to the rest.
Published 22 days ago by ANNETTE S BAILEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I would recommend this book,it is a fantastic read it had me hooked from the first's also gets you thinking there is people like Ella
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by kathleen mills
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very good
Gcse level writing,very monotonous and mundane,wouldn't recommend.Author doesn't really engage the reader and uses the same phrases too many times.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Flat and predictable
Disappointing and flat, I couldn't find any flow or rhythm to this book, it could be that I just couldn't tune in to the authors writing voice. Read more
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