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Can her own dark secret set her free? Day one. As my eyes adjust to the darkness, I slowly start to recognise my surroundings: the small hole in the door and a narrow window allowing only a small chink of light. The jewellery given to me by my loving husband is gone and I am wearing someone else’s clothes. The room is exactly as the first woman described. And the second. An Can her own dark secret set her free? Day one. As my eyes adjust to the darkness, I slowly start to recognise my surroundings: the small hole in the door and a narrow window allowing only a small chink of light. The jewellery given to me by my loving husband is gone and I am wearing someone else’s clothes. The room is exactly as the first woman described. And the second. And the third… It’s then I know, I am the fifth woman to be taken. Just days before, I had interviewed the third victim for the local paper. Her story was the same as those before her: an ordinary woman, locked away for ten days then released with no explanation, and nothing – nothing she could think of – to link her to the others. Throughout the ordeal, her abductor stayed eerily silent. I tell myself I’ll be safe; that I can brave the loneliness and survive just like the others. But as the days pass, I can’t help thinking of the fourth victim who is still missing. And then I hear the voice coming through the door. ‘You said everything would be fine. But it wasn’t was it?’ It is then that I realise. If I am to make it out alive, I need to revisit a dark secret of my own that I have spent a lifetime trying to forget. An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller with a truly brilliant twist, perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, T.M. Logan and C.L. Taylor. This book was previously titled Invisible Victim.


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Can her own dark secret set her free? Day one. As my eyes adjust to the darkness, I slowly start to recognise my surroundings: the small hole in the door and a narrow window allowing only a small chink of light. The jewellery given to me by my loving husband is gone and I am wearing someone else’s clothes. The room is exactly as the first woman described. And the second. An Can her own dark secret set her free? Day one. As my eyes adjust to the darkness, I slowly start to recognise my surroundings: the small hole in the door and a narrow window allowing only a small chink of light. The jewellery given to me by my loving husband is gone and I am wearing someone else’s clothes. The room is exactly as the first woman described. And the second. And the third… It’s then I know, I am the fifth woman to be taken. Just days before, I had interviewed the third victim for the local paper. Her story was the same as those before her: an ordinary woman, locked away for ten days then released with no explanation, and nothing – nothing she could think of – to link her to the others. Throughout the ordeal, her abductor stayed eerily silent. I tell myself I’ll be safe; that I can brave the loneliness and survive just like the others. But as the days pass, I can’t help thinking of the fourth victim who is still missing. And then I hear the voice coming through the door. ‘You said everything would be fine. But it wasn’t was it?’ It is then that I realise. If I am to make it out alive, I need to revisit a dark secret of my own that I have spent a lifetime trying to forget. An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller with a truly brilliant twist, perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, T.M. Logan and C.L. Taylor. This book was previously titled Invisible Victim.

30 review for Ten Days

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Twitter | Goodreads | Blog | Instagram | Did Mel Sherratt pull of another psychological thriller? You bet she did. I’m so glad I can still read this authors books. I love her romance/contemporary books and now veering into the thriller types I love. I love her DI series but I was burnt out on that genre so shelved any DI crime series in mostly all authors. But now I’ve enjoyed one of my favourite authors books again. That’s twice in a month, yippee. The plot in this story is very good, and I would Twitter | Goodreads | Blog | Instagram | Did Mel Sherratt pull of another psychological thriller? You bet she did. I’m so glad I can still read this authors books. I love her romance/contemporary books and now veering into the thriller types I love. I love her DI series but I was burnt out on that genre so shelved any DI crime series in mostly all authors. But now I’ve enjoyed one of my favourite authors books again. That’s twice in a month, yippee. The plot in this story is very good, and I would have never guessed what was revealed. The main culprit was very well done and nasty but I found myself also understanding them yet hating what they did. I can’t imagine the life they experienced and I can’t imagine being locked up either with just one small bit of food per day (if you’re lucky) and no one to speak to. How did this affect me? My reading never wavered. I was stuck like glue each evening I could read more. I do hope she continues to write more in this genre I’d be the first to pick it up!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I’ve been a fan of Mel Sherratt’s different police procedural series. But this psychological thriller came across as dull and lackluster. Not bad, just lacking in any real suspense or tension. The plot concerns women who are kidnapped and held for 10 days. The last of the women taken is a reporter who has written about the previous four women. The chapters alternate between Eva, the reporter and Alex, the kidnapper. Eva’s newspaper articles are included along with the earlier lives of both indiv I’ve been a fan of Mel Sherratt’s different police procedural series. But this psychological thriller came across as dull and lackluster. Not bad, just lacking in any real suspense or tension. The plot concerns women who are kidnapped and held for 10 days. The last of the women taken is a reporter who has written about the previous four women. The chapters alternate between Eva, the reporter and Alex, the kidnapper. Eva’s newspaper articles are included along with the earlier lives of both individuals. So, we understand Alex’s back history. But Alex never came across as believable, instead as a caricature of a psycho. This has a lot of high ratings so I am definitely in the minority. My thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    Another addictive psychological thriller by author Mel Sherratt that will keep you up all night wanting to finish it. A dark gritty novel with lots of twists and turns and great characters. The local journalist Eva is covering the story of a number of cases of women disappearing only to turn up again ten days later. The women reappear worse for wear but alive to tell the story. Eva’s nightmare begins when she wakes up in a room that is as described by the released women she has interviewed follow Another addictive psychological thriller by author Mel Sherratt that will keep you up all night wanting to finish it. A dark gritty novel with lots of twists and turns and great characters. The local journalist Eva is covering the story of a number of cases of women disappearing only to turn up again ten days later. The women reappear worse for wear but alive to tell the story. Eva’s nightmare begins when she wakes up in a room that is as described by the released women she has interviewed following their ordeals. A small hole in the door, a mattress and a little light allowed through the window. Stripped of her personal possessions and wearing someone else’s clothes. Only a few days earlier Eva had interviewed the third victim for the local paper and had heard much of what she was now witnessing first hand. Throughout all the victims ordeals the abductor remained silent, offering no explanation and now it was Eva’s turn to suffer. This is a step up from the authors previous novels which I also enjoyed, very good psychological thriller. I would like to thank both Netgalley and Bookouture for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    Invisible Victim is a tense and twisty psychological thriller in which the hunter becomes the hunted. In Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Eva Farmer, an investigative journalist and senior news reporter for Stoke News is working on an article about three women who were abducted by an unidentified man but were released after ten days and a fourth, policewoman Jillian Bradshaw, who was then but never seen again. The first abduction took place on 10 January 2019 when 36-year-old Stephanie Harvey, a m Invisible Victim is a tense and twisty psychological thriller in which the hunter becomes the hunted. In Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Eva Farmer, an investigative journalist and senior news reporter for Stoke News is working on an article about three women who were abducted by an unidentified man but were released after ten days and a fourth, policewoman Jillian Bradshaw, who was then but never seen again. The first abduction took place on 10 January 2019 when 36-year-old Stephanie Harvey, a mother of two twin 7-year-old boys, went missing from a college car park where she had been attending a seminar. She was kept in a dark room with a narrow chink of light being the only view of the outside world. She was beaten, given little food or drink and given a bucket in the corner to relieve herself. The kidnapper never spoke a word to her while she was in captivity and there was no rhyme or reason as to why she had been targeted or why she was released and dropped in the middle of a street with limited CCTV during the night. Next to be abducted was 66-year-old Maxine Stallington followed by 39-year-old Alison Green. Eva interviews these women but none of them know who took them. And then Eva finds herself in the cellar she has heard the description of from the survivors many times and instantly knows she's the fifth victim. This is a compulsive, gritty and thought-provoking thriller with several interesting twists and red herrings to throw you off the scent. It focuses on the relationship between abductors and abductees and raises questions as to whether you are born evil or become evil through your environment - nature v nurture. It's a palpably tense read told in alternating chapters from Eva and abductor Alex’s perspectives. Sherratt has a superb, flowing writing style and this allows you to become immersed easily and be completely gripped. There's all the suspense, drama and excitement needed to create a thoroughly entertaining thriller but it also features emotional parts which elevate this story from normal, run of the mill crime fiction. Highly recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne (Fiction Books)

    “You thought you’d escaped your past” Oh my goodness! Which middle earth cave have I just emerged from, that I have not heard about this author before? When I first began reading, it became apparent that much of the premise was already known and being freely shared with me, so my initial reaction was how could this storyline provide enough oomph! as a thriller. Surely it would have been more suited being classified as a suspense novel? Then Bam! I was hit full force between the eyes and this full- “You thought you’d escaped your past” Oh my goodness! Which middle earth cave have I just emerged from, that I have not heard about this author before? When I first began reading, it became apparent that much of the premise was already known and being freely shared with me, so my initial reaction was how could this storyline provide enough oomph! as a thriller. Surely it would have been more suited being classified as a suspense novel? Then Bam! I was hit full force between the eyes and this full-throttle, psychological thriller took a grip of me body and soul, not letting go until the very last page, when I was spat out, a completely broken nervous wreck after being constantly kept on the edge of my seat and having my emotions played one way then another, by just about everyone involved in the telling of this story. Those opening lines which had already taken my breath away, were only a brief teaser taster and held no real indication of what was to come once the palpable tension had really begun to be ratchetted up and the storyline gathered momentum. The ending was satisfying in that the body count had been kept to a minimum and the perpetrator was incarcerated in a suitable fashion, however everyone left alive and standing was traumatised and broken, each in their own way now being left to battle their own, long supressed, but reawakened demons. This was one outcome that I wouldn’t ever rely on as being ‘final’ and if I was Eva, I would always be looking over my shoulder – after all, Alex was not the only one with secrets to hide! The chapters are quite short and concise, although they do jot back and forth quite a lot between timelines and narrators. However as soon as I realised whose voice I was hearing and I worked out which timeline I was in, the signposting styling became clearer and the sequencing was relatively easy to follow, with some highly perceptive and punchy narrative and dialogue keeping the pace steady and the storyline fluid. This multi-layered story, was well structured, highly textured, and ultra intense. Author Mell Sherratt, definitely had plans for how she wanted my journey to progress whilst I was reading, adroitly dropping in so many little bombshells and weaving so many devious twists and turns into the plot, which maintained the constant wow! factor, to ensure that I never deviated from that path. Although I have to come clean and admit that I had worked out one of the most important game-changing factors to emerge about a third of the way in, and only just before it was revealed – but they all count to my way of thinking! A very difficult and disturbing subject, was treated with gripping and compelling realism, and told with assured authority, raw passion and complete confidence, by an author who never flinched when it came to telling things as they were in Alex’s broken, warped and damaged mind. That a system which was designed to protect, nurture and care for the most vulnerable in society, even and perhaps, especially when, such unspeakable things were happening behind closed doors, in that place which should provide a safe haven, went so horribly wrong, who is ultimately to accept responsibility for the damage caused and shoulder the blame? Alex has had plenty of time to ponder that question over the intervening years and the decision is that everyone in the chain is equally to blame for the monster victim they have created. However the grip on reality is slowly losing the battle over a mind which has suffered so terribly, until fact and fiction, truth and lies, know no boundaries and victim becomes aggressor in the most awful of ways, as everyone involved becomes a target for their vengeful retribution. A compulsive, devastating social commentary of our time and a richly crafted study of human behaviour, dominate this lugubrious storyline, where there are no winners, just invisible victims. So many secrets, even more lies and untruths and escaping with her sanity intact, is Eva’s best and only outcome! The attention to detail when developing the complex characters and the loud and clear voice which they are given to tell their own story, are the defining factors in the story. When it transpires that perpetrator and captive share a similar secret, the circle is complete. How they individually choose to deal with that burden, is what separates them as victims. None of the characters are particularly likable and I found it difficult to invest in, or empathise with any of them. When it comes down to it, they all have emotional baggage, much of which has been heaped upon them by a broken, disjointed system, leaving them emotionally scarred and bruised by the battle. They do say that ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’, although this story would probably argue a good case against that, and very much goes to prove the point that revenge is a dish that can be served up at any temperature! To find out more about the book and author - and to share a few of those 'hidden gem' extracts from the book, visit... https://www.fiction-books.biz/reviews...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    "Let me out! Please!" I shouted, banging on the door. How had I got here? What day was it? I couldn't remember anything. But I knew i had become the fifth woman to be abducted. Just days before, I had interviewed the third victim for the local paper. She couldn't stop shaking. Her story was the same as the ones before her: an ordinary woman, locked away for ten days then released with no explanation. Throughout her ordeal, their abductor stayed eerily silent. This is a dark. suspenseful novel abo "Let me out! Please!" I shouted, banging on the door. How had I got here? What day was it? I couldn't remember anything. But I knew i had become the fifth woman to be abducted. Just days before, I had interviewed the third victim for the local paper. She couldn't stop shaking. Her story was the same as the ones before her: an ordinary woman, locked away for ten days then released with no explanation. Throughout her ordeal, their abductor stayed eerily silent. This is a dark. suspenseful novel about abducting women, holding them captive for ten days then releasing them after ten days. It also tells of the effects that domestic abuse can have on the children who were often abused as well. Eva, the journalist who had interviewed the women after their release. now finds herself lock up, with no memory of how she got there. The abductor never speaks to the victims. The story is told from the abductor and Eva's perspectives and intersperses with the story from the women who were held captive, then set free. This is a well written, twist filled read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and i couldn't put it down. I was hooked from the beginning. This is an intriguing page turner, I would like to thank #Netgalley #Bookouture and the author #MelSherratt for my ARC of #InvisableVictim in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Mitchell

    Wow - what a book! So much of a book that I have a serious reading hangover. So many emotions are swirling around in my brain. Invisible Victim is a dark and gritty read. It feels a little different to Mel's previous novels, which I have also loved. Alex's point of view chapters which gave me goosebumps. It feels like the author has reinvented her style of writing and I'm loving this new fresh take. Absolutely no spoilers in this review but she totally blindsided me at that half way mark - no me Wow - what a book! So much of a book that I have a serious reading hangover. So many emotions are swirling around in my brain. Invisible Victim is a dark and gritty read. It feels a little different to Mel's previous novels, which I have also loved. Alex's point of view chapters which gave me goosebumps. It feels like the author has reinvented her style of writing and I'm loving this new fresh take. Absolutely no spoilers in this review but she totally blindsided me at that half way mark - no mean feat, believe me! There are some heart wrenching chapters as you are granted insights into the character's lives. Invisible Victim is a psychological thriller that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie Lacey

    This is a brilliant book from Mel Sherratt. Women are being abducted, held for ten days and the released naked in the middle of nowhere. However the fourth woman who was taken has not yet appeared despite the ten days being up. Eva is a journalist and is interviewing the victims to try and understand why this is happening. That is until she’s the next victim and is being held in a cellar with little food and drink. Eva knows she is being drugged and just wants the ten days to hurry up so she can This is a brilliant book from Mel Sherratt. Women are being abducted, held for ten days and the released naked in the middle of nowhere. However the fourth woman who was taken has not yet appeared despite the ten days being up. Eva is a journalist and is interviewing the victims to try and understand why this is happening. That is until she’s the next victim and is being held in a cellar with little food and drink. Eva knows she is being drugged and just wants the ten days to hurry up so she can get out of there, but her captor has other plans. This is a gripping thriller and with chapters from the abductor’s point of view as well as Eva, it’s a great read. If you like a thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat then this one is for you. Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dee Groocock

    Eva is a journalist and has been covering the story of women who have been abducted but returned after 10 days, although one woman is still missing. When Eva is abducted, she soon realises from information the other women told her, that she has been taken by the same person. In pain and scared, can Eva outwit her kidnapper? Will she be able to cope for the 10 days but more importantly, will she be released? Revenge is a dish best served cold! My goodness, what a story! This one had me gripped wit Eva is a journalist and has been covering the story of women who have been abducted but returned after 10 days, although one woman is still missing. When Eva is abducted, she soon realises from information the other women told her, that she has been taken by the same person. In pain and scared, can Eva outwit her kidnapper? Will she be able to cope for the 10 days but more importantly, will she be released? Revenge is a dish best served cold! My goodness, what a story! This one had me gripped within minutes, an excellent psychological thriller. This story put me through a range of emotions and I’m not ashamed to admit that I shed a few tears. Great characters and a well written and believable story. My thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for a copy of the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Collins

    What a book! I’ve become a huge fan of Mel Sherratt’s work recently, so I couldn’t wait to read her latest, Invisible Victim, and it’s such an incredible read. If you’re looking for a thriller that is chilling and will keep you utterly gripped right the way through, then I highly recommend it. In Stoke on Trent, women have been disappearing off the streets and have been found ten days after they first went missing. The police can’t work out who is doing this and why. Are more women going to be t What a book! I’ve become a huge fan of Mel Sherratt’s work recently, so I couldn’t wait to read her latest, Invisible Victim, and it’s such an incredible read. If you’re looking for a thriller that is chilling and will keep you utterly gripped right the way through, then I highly recommend it. In Stoke on Trent, women have been disappearing off the streets and have been found ten days after they first went missing. The police can’t work out who is doing this and why. Are more women going to be taken? Mel Sherratt delves into the psychology of her characters in her latest book. This is the part of the plot which I really loved. She explores just what made them into the person they are today. This is what I found really fascinating. It also made me think more about the person and their motives. This is especially the case when it comes down to the person who is responsible for the crimes. This is where it becomes so had to talk about the plot without giving any of it away. The woman at the centre of the story is Eva, a journalist who has become the latest victim of the perpetrator whose crimes she has been reporting on. I felt her fear as she was being held captive and as she wondered who it was who was keeping her prisoner. Although Eva believes that she will be released after ten days like the other women and clings to this, this is not guaranteed. When we are first introduced to the person behind the kidnappings, you can see that their next moves are totally unpredictable. Eva, herself, begins to realise this as well, which heightens the tension all the more. I was desperate to know what was going to happen. Invisible Victim is such a good read and a top notch psychological thriller. This is one of Mel Sherratt’s best books to date!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    I read a lot of thrillers. Copious amounts, really. And here’s one thing you can bet money on…if a book experiences the need to advertise its excellence past the title…in such exaggerated exclamations as heartarresting thriller of devastating proportions or whatever…it's crap and knows it and is overcompensating for it. Don’t believe me? Just read this book, it’s a shining example of it. Straight form the lowest hanging branches of the ever blooming lady thriller tree this book, featuring an al I read a lot of thrillers. Copious amounts, really. And here’s one thing you can bet money on…if a book experiences the need to advertise its excellence past the title…in such exaggerated exclamations as heartarresting thriller of devastating proportions or whatever…it's crap and knows it and is overcompensating for it. Don’t believe me? Just read this book, it’s a shining example of it. Straight form the lowest hanging branches of the ever blooming lady thriller tree this book, featuring an almost all female cast and the lamentably underwhelming amounts of both mystery and suspense, tells a story of abductor and abductees. The perspective alternates as you’d expect, so you get both sides. An abductor who believes themselves to have been a victim their entire life is now determined to victimize others. And (to no gasp) make them invisible. There you go, that’s the title. There are no surprises here, not for any reasonably intelligent readers familiar with the genre. The writing is serviceable in that very plain way, but trite. In fact, that about covers this novel in its entirety, serviceable but trite in every way. The plainness of style which sometimes can be used to trick or deceive or delight (something Scandinoir specifically has mastered so well) here is just plain. In culinary jargon this is the cheap white bread and water of thrillers. It just doesn’t thrill. And leans too heavily on its estrogen makeup for comfort. The author has done tons of these, apparently, albeit all serialized, with this being the random standalone. Interestingly enough, her career emerged following the boom in lady thrillers after 12 years of rejections, which is a sad testament to what popularity does to quality standards. So there you go, the blandest of the bland for the least demanding of the audiences. Nothing at all special or interesting or recommendable about it, though it did have the decency to be relatively short and to read very quickly. Thanks Netgalley. This and more at https://advancetheplot.weebly.com/

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    I’ve been a fan of Mel Sherratt’s police procedural novels for some years so was intrigued by the premise of this standalone psychological thriller. Eva is a reporter in Stoke on Trent who has been covering an unusual spate of abductions. The victims are locked away for ten days, sometimes beaten, given the absolute minimum of nourishment then released without explanation. Their captor remains silent through the ordeal. Eva becomes the fifth woman to be abducted and thanks to her interviews realis I’ve been a fan of Mel Sherratt’s police procedural novels for some years so was intrigued by the premise of this standalone psychological thriller. Eva is a reporter in Stoke on Trent who has been covering an unusual spate of abductions. The victims are locked away for ten days, sometimes beaten, given the absolute minimum of nourishment then released without explanation. Their captor remains silent through the ordeal. Eva becomes the fifth woman to be abducted and thanks to her interviews realises immediately what has happened and what is in store for her. Her only comfort is knowing she will be released once the ten days are up but things take a turn when the kidnapper (Alex) speaks to Eva something that they have never done before. There is obviously a link between the abducted women but this hasn’t yet been discovered by those covering the case. In revealing themself it becomes apparent they all have a history with the abductor putting Eva’s thoughts of her release in limbo… The story is told from the perspective of Eva and Alex. It was interesting to see that Alex’s version of events don’t quite match what actually happened but any doubt expressed could lead to erratic behaviour and violence. Invisible Victim is a dark and chilling tale. Another fantastic book from this author!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Invisible Victim is Mel Sherratt's tense and twisty psychological thriller set in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Eva Farmer is an investigative journalist and senior features editor for Stoke News. Three women were abducted by an unidentified individual though they were released after ten days; they were Stephanie Harvey, a mother of twin boys, 66-year-old Maxine Stallington, and 39-year-old Alison Green. Eva is working on an article about the three. A fourth victim, policewoman Jillian Bradshaw Invisible Victim is Mel Sherratt's tense and twisty psychological thriller set in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Eva Farmer is an investigative journalist and senior features editor for Stoke News. Three women were abducted by an unidentified individual though they were released after ten days; they were Stephanie Harvey, a mother of twin boys, 66-year-old Maxine Stallington, and 39-year-old Alison Green. Eva is working on an article about the three. A fourth victim, policewoman Jillian Bradshaw, was also abducted four weeks ago but has yet to be seen again. Eva interviews these women but none of them knows who took them. When Eva finds herself in a cellar she knows she is in the same place the surviving victims have described to her and realises she's the fifth victim. Gritty and compulsive, this thought-provoking thriller contains several interesting twists. It focuses on the relationship between abductors and abductees, the story moves along at a nimble pace and the characters are superbly drawn by the author. I liked Mel Sherratt's flowing writing and the tale was told in alternating chapters from Eva and abductor, Alex’s viewpoints. The suspense and drama are maximised to full effect and it's also heavy on emotion giving the novel an alternative dimension. This is definitely a book to add to your reading list! I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bookouture via NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    How can a woman vanish into thin air only to return ten days later with little memory, battered, bruised and nutritionally deprived? How?? Because there is a psycho on the loose that’s how!!! But it doesn’t stop at one woman, no siree!! Four go missing before it’s Eva’s “turn” to play this sick individual’s game. Question is will Eva survive her ten day incarceration and will she find out who is at the centre of all this trauma?! The antagonist, Alex, seriously confused me. I thought I had it sus How can a woman vanish into thin air only to return ten days later with little memory, battered, bruised and nutritionally deprived? How?? Because there is a psycho on the loose that’s how!!! But it doesn’t stop at one woman, no siree!! Four go missing before it’s Eva’s “turn” to play this sick individual’s game. Question is will Eva survive her ten day incarceration and will she find out who is at the centre of all this trauma?! The antagonist, Alex, seriously confused me. I thought I had it sussed but the more of the chapters I read and got in to their mindset, the less sussed I became. As the book went on, my insight to their logic got more unnerved and I feared for Eva! But Alex really intrigued me. So calm and collected but so twisted. What was the real motive to the abductions? The narrative jumps around a little on timelines which took a bit of getting used to but once I did, I saw the pattern and settled into the story. This way of writing packs the story with tension but gave me glimmers of the twisted logic at play. Yet again Sherratt has written a gritty and twisted thriller that kept my attention from beginning to end. I sat in fear for Eva’s safety as Alex slowly unraveled and the story hit its chilling climax. In this novel, nothing is quite what it seems and I was kept on my literary toes throughout. Cracking standalone read from the Queen of the Potteries Grit Lit!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kat Dietrich

    Invisible Victim by Mel is a psychological thriller. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Journalist Eva Farmer finds herself the 5th victim of a kidnapper.  She has written about each victim, and she knows exactly what is in store for her unless she can escape.  The first three wer Invisible Victim by Mel is a psychological thriller. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Journalist Eva Farmer finds herself the 5th victim of a kidnapper.  She has written about each victim, and she knows exactly what is in store for her unless she can escape.  The first three were released on day ten, but none will ever be the same.  The fourth victim has not been seen since her abduction.  Eva is now concerned about her own fate. She is being held in a small room in a basement.  She has a mattress and a bucket, and not much else.  A narrow window provides her only light.  Her jewelry, shoes, and clothing have been taken, and she is now wearing someone else's sweatshirt and pants. The police have no clues.  None of the victims ever saw the person who took them, and their jailer never spoke to them the entire time they were held in captivity.  There seems to be no connection between them.  They were released in the middle of the night, and have no recollection of when they were taken, or when they were let go. Eva is in the fight of her life. My Opinions:    This was really good.  I can't believe this is the first book I have read by Mel Sherratt.  I have a lot of catching up to do. The book centers on child abuse, on mental illness,  on the relationship between captor and captive, on nature vs nurture, on what can set a person "off". The book is told from multiple points of view, but mostly Eva and Alex.  It becomes evident that truth and lies get mixed together.  Although there was a major twist, it was rather predictable, and I had already come to the conclusion it delivered.  However, it was still really good. Definitely enjoyed this one, and will be searching for more books by this author. For a more complete review of this book and others (including the reason I chose to read/review this book, author information and a favorite quotation or two from the book), please visit my blog: http://katlovesbooksblog.wordpress.com/

  16. 4 out of 5

    LianaReads blog

    Blog tour: https://lianareadshome.wordpress.com/... Ten days is such gripping story! I’ve read a few other books by the author and this one, while is different in tone and plot, had me more invested than anything lately. Being an investigation journalist is never easy and the dangers are always lurking around the corner, but it takes a strong heroine to pursue the path she unveiled the true and tell her actual story. After four women gone missing, abducted and returned on the tenth day, it's Eva Blog tour: https://lianareadshome.wordpress.com/... Ten days is such gripping story! I’ve read a few other books by the author and this one, while is different in tone and plot, had me more invested than anything lately. Being an investigation journalist is never easy and the dangers are always lurking around the corner, but it takes a strong heroine to pursue the path she unveiled the true and tell her actual story. After four women gone missing, abducted and returned on the tenth day, it's Eva’s turn to live on her own skin after what the others have been through. I must admit that I was shocked by some scenes in here. It's intense, suspenseful and very dark in so many great twisted ways. 4.5 stars Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my review copy

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty Bookworm86

    BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'Ten Days' by Mel Sherratt. This book was previously titled 'Invisible Victim'. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Mel Sherratt, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 28th June 2021. This is the first book I have read by this author. I was originally drawn to this book by its intriguing and colourful cover and gripping sounding synopsis and title. The synopsis stated that 'An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller with a truly brilli BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'Ten Days' by Mel Sherratt. This book was previously titled 'Invisible Victim'. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Mel Sherratt, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 28th June 2021. This is the first book I have read by this author. I was originally drawn to this book by its intriguing and colourful cover and gripping sounding synopsis and title. The synopsis stated that 'An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller with a truly brilliant twist, perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, T.M. Logan and C.L. Taylor.' I am a huge fan of Lisa Jewell and C.L Taylor so am looking forward to seeing if this lives up to this statement. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book). This novel consists of a prologue and 82 chapters. The chapters are short in length so possible to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case! This book is based in England, UK 🇬🇧 . I always enjoy when books are partly or fully set in the UK as I'm from Wales and have sometimes visited areas mentioned in the book. This makes it easier to picture where the scenes are set at times. I have in fact visited and gone on holiday in England on many occasions so am looking forward to possibly recognising name places. This book is written in a mix of first and third person perspective and the main protagonists are Eva and Alex. The benefits of having both first and third person perspective with multiple protagonists are that it let's you see the bigger picture of what's going on and you get to know more characters more, what they are thinking and what they are doing. It feels like you get to see the whole picture and not miss out on anything. OMG!!!! What a shocking, unpredictable page turner that was!!! Absolutely unputdownable!!! Extremely well written with vivid descriptions. The cover and synopsis fitted the storyline perfectly and the new name of 'Ten Days' was a great choice!!! The storyline is unique and I was absolutely captivated from the very first sentence until the end. It is set over/includes multiple time lines. When books show what has happened in the past and what is happening in the present I find it really helps the reader (if it is well done) understand why things are happening and what has lead to the present activities and decisions. It also shows the bigger picture. I love the fact that we get to see it from the kidnappers perspective. I wasn't sure whether to mention thay in my review as I don't want to use spoilers but you discover this at less than 10% so I decided to go ahead and include it. I enjoyed that it felt that Alex (the kidnapper) talks directly to reader about why they are doing it and what's going through his mind. It gives you a much bigger picture. It is very rare that the reader gets to see anything from the perp's point of view so I found this unique and extremely enjoyable. I enjoyed being able to read the newspaper articles as again it gives the bigger picture. Mel does a fantastic job of drip feeding the reader snippets so they can slowly put the "jigsaw" together. OMG so many twists!!!!! I LOVE IT!!! Its very rare that a book can completely shock me but Mel managed it so many times I lost count! There were some major assumption in my part and I feel several other readers will do this too. I also enjoyed the fact that not only do you get to read things from Eva and Alex's perspectives but there are also chapters from Jill Ian, Nick, Alison, Maxine, Maria, Milly and Stephanie's perspectives. The storyline is absolutely rammed full of shocks, tension, suspense, twists, turns and much more, everything you could ask for in a psychological thriller!!! I was extremely invested in the characters and I enjoyed learning not only about Eva and the other characters but it was also fascinating to learn about Alex. I actually had quite alot of sympathy for Alex on several occasions and what they went through is sadly something that happens on a daily basis. I won't say any further than that as I don't want to spoil it for future readers. I loved how Eva was such a fighter and a very strong female lead, I was absolutely devastated by a certain event, again I won't say more than that. A MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS Mel on what is definitely a huge success. Such a heart racing, rollercoaster ride filled with suspense and tension. I cannot wait to read more of your previous and future books, especially any psychological thrillers you have coming up. Welcome to my top authour club!!! Overall a heart stopping, unputdownable, page turning psychological thriller that will shock and surprise you throughout!!! Genres covered in this book include Psychological Thriller and Psychological Suspense amongst others. I would recommend this book to the fans of the above as well as fans of C.L Taylor, Angela Marsons, Lisa Jewell and ANYONE looking for an epic page turner 284 pages. This book is just 99p to purchase on kindle via Amazon which I think is an absolute bargain for this book!!! Rated 5 /5 (I LOVED it ) on Goodreads, Instagram, Amazon UK and Amazon US and on over 30 Facebook pages plus my blog on Facebook. Feel free to add me on Goodreads or follow me on my website or Facebook for more reviews #TenDays #Bookouture #MelSherratt #NetGalley #BookReview #BlogTour #BooksOnTour @MelSherratt @Bookouture @Bookworm1986 @bookworm86 https://kcmw86.wixsite.com/bookworm86 https://m.facebook.com/Bookworm1986/?... https://m.facebook.com/Bookwork86/?__...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erica Nicole

    “We all have crosses to bear.” Something about Bookouture books that NEVER fails to amaze me is their bait-and-hook technique. Every single thriller under the company will grab your attention from the first page. The novel deals with many heavy themes. Domestic violence, abuse, loss and its effects, substance use et cetera were discussed in the story. Lessons regarding these were also presented in a way that will resonate with everyone. The idea that our pasts don't define us, it's our choices th “We all have crosses to bear.” Something about Bookouture books that NEVER fails to amaze me is their bait-and-hook technique. Every single thriller under the company will grab your attention from the first page. The novel deals with many heavy themes. Domestic violence, abuse, loss and its effects, substance use et cetera were discussed in the story. Lessons regarding these were also presented in a way that will resonate with everyone. The idea that our pasts don't define us, it's our choices that do really stood out to me. Ten Days revolves around this issue in a way. The villain has had a disastrous and tragic past, which marred her whole being particularly in the psychological aspect. I was honestly in a like-hate relationship with said persona because everyone has individual reasons --- “we all have crosses” as the novel says. In the end, however, our choices must always be aligned to what is rightful --- no matter our circumstances. I was so intrigued by this novel the first time I heard of it --- and it lived up to all my preconceived expectations. The author is just so good! Ten Days will not bore you. It is very fast paced and exciting! You won't know what to expect and when to expect. Plot twists will come at you out of nowhere! This novel is an enigma. Even after all the expositions, Mel Sheratt still left us with questions. Brutal, twisted, explosive and powerful.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Nikolic

    Eva Farmer is an investigative journalist who has been covering the story of four women who have each been abducted on separate occasions, three of them have been released after ten days, the fourth is still missing, then Eva wakes up in the very room described by the previous abductees, each time their abductor stayed silent throughout. Eva cannot understand what the link is between the victims, and where does she fit into all of this? Then her abductor speaks out and Eva realises that to escap Eva Farmer is an investigative journalist who has been covering the story of four women who have each been abducted on separate occasions, three of them have been released after ten days, the fourth is still missing, then Eva wakes up in the very room described by the previous abductees, each time their abductor stayed silent throughout. Eva cannot understand what the link is between the victims, and where does she fit into all of this? Then her abductor speaks out and Eva realises that to escape from this nightmare she must revisit a time from her childhood that she's been trying to keep buried for a long time. Invisible Victim is set in Stoke, mainly around August 2019, with flashbacks to 2006/2007 and from various points of view. I sympathised with both Eva and her abductor, both had endured traumatic childhoods, but each had chosen to deal with their ordeals differently in their adult life, never once considering the consequences that would arise from their decisions. This is a fast paced read, with the author covering some very delicate subjects making it a very dark read at times. I've loved all books that I've read so far, written by Mel and Marcie and I raced through this one in a couple of days. Well done Mel, another fab read! I'd like to thank Bookouture and Netgalley for the auto approval, I will post my review on Goodreads now and Amazon on publication day.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sue Plant

    Would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this gripping book Women were being abducted off the street but the strangest thing was that after 10 days they were released... Nobody had a clue who the perp was And then Eva the local journalist is gone, she had interviewed the other victims so she had first hand knowledge of what was going to happen, though the victims were all drugged and had scant memories but they all said the same thing waking up in a cellar, mattress on th Would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this gripping book Women were being abducted off the street but the strangest thing was that after 10 days they were released... Nobody had a clue who the perp was And then Eva the local journalist is gone, she had interviewed the other victims so she had first hand knowledge of what was going to happen, though the victims were all drugged and had scant memories but they all said the same thing waking up in a cellar, mattress on the floor and a bucket Why was the perp or perps doing this... Another great book from this author, fast becoming one of my favourites

  21. 5 out of 5

    Syeda Sumayya Tariq

    This was good, for the most part, and something different of this genre. I enjoyed it up to the 50% mark, but I felt like it started to drag a bit then. The inner monologues of the villain and victims got a bit repetitive and tiresome. The parts about child abuse were hard to read but definitely added to the story. The ruthlessness of the villain was so on point but a bit unrealistic imo. But I'll chalk all of this to the copious amounts of thrillers I read, lol! So if you are new to this genre This was good, for the most part, and something different of this genre. I enjoyed it up to the 50% mark, but I felt like it started to drag a bit then. The inner monologues of the villain and victims got a bit repetitive and tiresome. The parts about child abuse were hard to read but definitely added to the story. The ruthlessness of the villain was so on point but a bit unrealistic imo. But I'll chalk all of this to the copious amounts of thrillers I read, lol! So if you are new to this genre do give this a read! TW for child abuse, bulimia. Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and publisher for the eARC. All opinions are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Regan

    TEN DAYS is a propulsive page-turner that keeps the dramatic reveals coming until the very end. Journalist Eva Farmer is tasked with interviewing the victims of a very unusual and frightening kidnapper on the loose in her community. Then she becomes one of the victims. Eva hopes that she will be released after ten days like several of the other victims, but will she survive the most harrowing ten days of her life? Sherratt creates a complex, psychologically intriguing villain that will keep you TEN DAYS is a propulsive page-turner that keeps the dramatic reveals coming until the very end. Journalist Eva Farmer is tasked with interviewing the victims of a very unusual and frightening kidnapper on the loose in her community. Then she becomes one of the victims. Eva hopes that she will be released after ten days like several of the other victims, but will she survive the most harrowing ten days of her life? Sherratt creates a complex, psychologically intriguing villain that will keep you glued to the pages. The characters are well-drawn and sympathetic. You'll race through this riveting, fantastic read to its shocking end. This one will definitely leave you breathless!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Women are disappearing from the streets and found 10 days later, this has happened four times, although the fourth person did not get released. Eva is a journalist and has been covering the story, little did she know she would be the next person to be taken! I was hooked to Invisible Victim, the story grabbed me from the first few pages, wondering who the kidnapper was and why they did it. The book has different timelines, from when something happened back in 2006, the months that each woman was Women are disappearing from the streets and found 10 days later, this has happened four times, although the fourth person did not get released. Eva is a journalist and has been covering the story, little did she know she would be the next person to be taken! I was hooked to Invisible Victim, the story grabbed me from the first few pages, wondering who the kidnapper was and why they did it. The book has different timelines, from when something happened back in 2006, the months that each woman was taken and the present day. I really liked Eva’s character, she seemed like a really nice person and journalist, wanting to tell the stories of the women who had been taken in a truthful but compassionate way. She was also very strong. When the kidnapper was revealed, it was a shock and as their story was told I did feel for them, although I did have mixed emotions about them. They needed help that’s for sure. Everything was detailed in a way that I could visualise it perfectly. The writing was amazing. I really enjoyed reading it and I couldn’t put it down!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I read Invisible Victim over the weekend. Hooked from page one and so invested in it I was up at 630 on Sunday morning so I could finish it. Great plot line and characters. Emotive yet dark and thrilling. I devoured every page of this fab psychological thriller. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture ana the author for the chance to review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Eva Farmer is an investigative journalist who has been covering the abductions of four women. Three of them were each in turn imprisoned in a darkened cellar, given minimal food and drink and deprived of any form of human contact - even their abductor never spoke to them - before being released, with no explanation, after 10 days. They have no memory of how they got there and the police have no leads. A fourth woman, who was personally known to Eva and her police officer husband Nick, remains mi Eva Farmer is an investigative journalist who has been covering the abductions of four women. Three of them were each in turn imprisoned in a darkened cellar, given minimal food and drink and deprived of any form of human contact - even their abductor never spoke to them - before being released, with no explanation, after 10 days. They have no memory of how they got there and the police have no leads. A fourth woman, who was personally known to Eva and her police officer husband Nick, remains missing. Then Eva herself becomes the fifth woman to be abducted ... I hope that's made the book sound intriguing. Because it is. This is the second book I've read by Mel Sherratt, and one of the main things I took away from the last one - Good Girl - was how Mel seemed to possess an uncanny knack of drawing you right in to the lives of each character she features. This book, which is told mainly in the third person from Eva's perspective and in the first person by her abductor - was no different. I hoped and almost prayed that Eva would be released unharmed, and at the same time felt something for her kidnapper even though I sometimes doubted whether a single word in her chapters was true. We also hear Eva's recollections of her interviews with the previous victims, each of whom are terrified that they could, at any time, be snatched again and be powerless to prevent it. The sense of fear is palpable. My main problem with this book is its front cover, and specifically the words "a completely gripping psychological thriller with a shocking twist". For me, this wasn't really the case. The twist, rather than being "shocking" is one that I saw coming almost as soon as the abductor's name was revealed. But perhaps more fundamentally, I'm not sure that "completely gripping" was accurate either. For me, the best psychological thrillers are those that get right inside my head, to the point that when I finish reading them I absolutely cannot get the characters and their stories out of my head. With this book, even though I devoured it and enjoyed it very much, it took the "Letter from Mel" at the end of the novel for me to realise the questions that she wanted the book to raise. I thought about the answers briefly and then moved on. When I finished the book I was hovering between three and four stars. Having thought about it before and while writing this, I'm happy that a fourth star is justified. Partly because the number of positive points really do outweigh the negative. But mainly for the answer to a simple question: this, as I said, was my second book by Mel Sherratt. Would I - sorry, correction: will I - be reading a third? The answer is an emphatic yes. My thanks to the author, Bookouture and Netgalley for a digital ARC of this book. I will post my review on Goodreads now and on Amazon on publication day.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gunit Kaur Kalada

    "We live in a society where the weak and the damaged go unmonitored. Usually the only time anyone hears about someone being ill-treated is when something goes wrong. So many children are invisible to the system." -Mel Sherratt, Invisible Victim This is a psychological thriller about a serial abductor, who holds women in a cellar for 10 days, keeping them devoid of any conversation and provisioning limited food & water. Although the first 3 victims were returned after 10 days of torture, the locati "We live in a society where the weak and the damaged go unmonitored. Usually the only time anyone hears about someone being ill-treated is when something goes wrong. So many children are invisible to the system." -Mel Sherratt, Invisible Victim This is a psychological thriller about a serial abductor, who holds women in a cellar for 10 days, keeping them devoid of any conversation and provisioning limited food & water. Although the first 3 victims were returned after 10 days of torture, the location of the 4th victim remains unknown. Eva Farmer, a journalist at Stoke News, is the 5th victim of the abductor. Knowing that the 4th victim was not released on day 10 as expected creates a lot of anticipation about what the future holds for Eva. The story is told from multiple POVs in third person for most characters except for the perpetrator, whose POV is written in first person. (view spoiler)[I think this has specifically done to shield the fact that the perpetrator is a female, which would have been difficult to hide her POV been written in third person. (hide spoiler)] There are countless victims of domestic & child abuse, whose stories remain unload, whose scars remain unhealed, either because no one ever learns of their plight or because people choose to turn a blind eye to their trauma. It seems to me that the book is titled after such invisible victims, of which there are a lot in the story. Trauma can impact different people in different ways. It can either make you or break you. Dealing with trauma is like walking on the edge of a mountain, trying get back from the edge, but being enticed by the peace offered by the valley. The story will show you both sides of this coin. This a dark psychological thriller, which was fun, but it wasn't exactly a page turner for one very important reason. The book did not have a lot of twists, so there are few moments of surprise. This was disappointing, because after I read the synopsis, I had high hopes. But the book simply lacked the WOW factor. Hence, I've stripped off 2 stars. This is the first Mel Sherratt book I have read and although, it was not exactly a spell bounding page-turner, I wouldn't mind returning to her work in the future. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for providing me with a complimentary electronic copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #InvisibleVictim #NetGalley

  27. 5 out of 5

    Charlie Morris

    Fast-paced and twisty, Invisible Victim is an addictive and exhilarating psychological thriller that you will find difficult to put down. I’ve read a lot of slow-burners recently so this was exactly what I needed. There is constantly something going on and the story progresses quickly, making this a thoroughly enjoyable read. The chapters alternate between Eva and the kidnapper, while also using Eva’s newspaper reports on the previous abductions to give more background information on their situati Fast-paced and twisty, Invisible Victim is an addictive and exhilarating psychological thriller that you will find difficult to put down. I’ve read a lot of slow-burners recently so this was exactly what I needed. There is constantly something going on and the story progresses quickly, making this a thoroughly enjoyable read. The chapters alternate between Eva and the kidnapper, while also using Eva’s newspaper reports on the previous abductions to give more background information on their situation. There are plenty of great twists which really keep you gripped and many dark moments that give you goosebumps, keeping you engaged for every possible second. What I loved most about this book is the discussion around how victims of childhood abuse carry their trauma into their adult lives. Some know nothing other than abuse and go on to either commit crimes or abuse themselves, while many go on to live happier lives, either using their experience for good or keeping their experience personal and using it to strengthen their character. It’s great to see this being discussed, as it pains me to constantly read about victims of abuse who aren’t able to move on from their experiences, when that’s not always the case. “As much as she had pity for…the numerous children who went off the rails after suffering traumas, not all of them took their troubles into their adult lives.” The abductor here suffered some of the cruellest abuse as a child, but their actions now are just as inexcusable. So you root for Eva to fight back, as you become desperate for her torture to come to an end. I did find a lot of Eva’s dialogue quite lacklustre, but maybe this was her playing her journalistic role and avoiding an emotional response. It does make her hard to relate with on an emotional level, but I wanted her to succeed all the same. My only issue with the story is that the police involved are absolutely useless, as I thought the link between the victims was pretty obvious. For readers, this doesn’t matter too much the identity of the abductor is revealed quite early on. But I just couldn’t help thinking that the police weren’t doing a very good job. Everything else about this book, I loved. It’s such an exciting read, and I was hooked from the very start.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Leighton

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! Invisible Victim by Mel Sherratt is an unputdownable suspense/thriller that will appeal to fans of Goodnight Beautiful or Room. The story revolves around Eva, a journalist who is covering a series of mysterious appearances of women in her town. What is especially creepy is that the women are all returned after 10 days, in horrible shape, but alive. So when Eva wakes up herself in the room that the women she in Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! Invisible Victim by Mel Sherratt is an unputdownable suspense/thriller that will appeal to fans of Goodnight Beautiful or Room. The story revolves around Eva, a journalist who is covering a series of mysterious appearances of women in her town. What is especially creepy is that the women are all returned after 10 days, in horrible shape, but alive. So when Eva wakes up herself in the room that the women she interviewed were kept in, she panics. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 2 from when Eva wakes up in the house of horrors: "Ignoring the pain in her head, she turned around swiftly and put her feet to the floor. There was a wooden door to her right. Slowly she stood up and walked towards it, taking tentative steps on the cold tiles. As she reached it, she saw there was no handle. Gasping for breath, she banged on the door. 'Hello?' It was then she noticed the hole cut away in the bottom panel. Even before stooping down to examine it, tears pricked her eyes. Because realisation was dawning on her... Even if she could kick it away, it wasn't big enough for her to climb through. Which is what the first woman to be abducted had told her. And the second. And the third." After I read that excerpt, I had to keep reading to find out what happens to Eva. One highlight of this book is that it alternates perspectives between Eva and her kidnapper. I couldn't put this book down. I finished it within a few hours. I did take off one star because there wasn't much of a "twist" in this book and the ending was a bit of a letdown. However, the suspense and thrills more than make up for that. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! Overall, Invisible Victim will appeal to readers of Goodnight Beautiful and other dark books that involve people being held captive. If you're intrigued by the excerpt above or if you're a fan of the suspense/thriller genre, I highly recommend that you check out this book when it comes out in June!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Mel Sherratts books just get better and better and this latest book called Invisible Victim now called Ten days was a Brilliant addictive psychological thriller that's full of twists and turns throughout with a cracking ending. So, Imagine yourself being abducted by someone you don't know or do you? You wake up not know where you are but you are in a dark, very damp cold small room room in the middle of nowhere which maybe the cellar of the house, as there's no windows, only a big heavy door whic Mel Sherratts books just get better and better and this latest book called Invisible Victim now called Ten days was a Brilliant addictive psychological thriller that's full of twists and turns throughout with a cracking ending. So, Imagine yourself being abducted by someone you don't know or do you? You wake up not know where you are but you are in a dark, very damp cold small room room in the middle of nowhere which maybe the cellar of the house, as there's no windows, only a big heavy door which is the only way in and the only way out. No one can hear you if you scream. You are lying in a thin worn out mattress and your clothes have gone!!! OMG......... Women are being abducted and drugged, held for only ten days and the released naked in the middle of nowhere, they don't know who took them and why? The abductor does not harm them. Then the fourth woman who was taken has not yet appeared despite the ten days being up. Where is she? Is she alive? Did he kill her? Eva is a journalist and has interviewing the victims to try and understand why this is happening, until she’s the next victim and is being held in a cellar with little food and drink. Eva knows she is being drugged and knows she will be here for ten days! But Why her? What has the captor got install for her? Where is the fourth victim? is she here in the cellar next door? WoW, This was a brilliant read and I was hooked before I knew it the birds were singing and it was time to get up! So don't start to read this book before you go to sleep! You won't sleep! If you like a thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat then this (in my case in bed) is the one for you. Big Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    Invisible Victim by Mel Sherratt WOW! Invisible Victim is another awesome read by Mel Sherratt. I have loved everything she has written, and this book has been no exception. It’s quite different to most of her other books in a lot of ways but similar in the way of having real, believable characters and a storyline which will suck you in from page one making it quite unputdownable. There is a kidnapper on the loose who seems to be targeting random women for no obvious reason. All, but one, have be Invisible Victim by Mel Sherratt WOW! Invisible Victim is another awesome read by Mel Sherratt. I have loved everything she has written, and this book has been no exception. It’s quite different to most of her other books in a lot of ways but similar in the way of having real, believable characters and a storyline which will suck you in from page one making it quite unputdownable. There is a kidnapper on the loose who seems to be targeting random women for no obvious reason. All, but one, have been released after ten days but have no recollection of where they have been, who had been holding them captive or why. When the fifth victim is a Stoke reporter, who had been following the stories of the previous women we start to learn more about the kidnapper and those kidnapped. I was engrossed. I felt every emotion of the poor woman locked away holding on to the hope of going home on day ten. Ten days must feel like years in that situation. Also, the uncertainty of even going home at all. I can’t even imagine. I couldn’t wait to find out why, what was making this person tick and what reasons/excuses they had for putting these women through such an ordeal. Mel Sherratt knows how to write exceptional characters. Even the ones you’re not supposed to like I still often end up feeling for to a certain degree. This kidnapper’s back story is quite heart-breaking, which does not of course condone their adult behaviour. However, it does go some way to explaining why their mind works the way it does. It does raise the nature v nurture question too, which has always fascinated me. I devoured this book, I absolutely loved it! I most certainly recommend to anyone and everyone! #TeamSherratt **Many thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy via NetGalley** https://chataboutbooks.blog/2021/06/2...

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