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Kat's Review of Written In The Scars by Mel Sherratt (Estate #4)

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Synopsis: Scars. Sometimes they’re visible. Sometimes they’re hidden deep within. After years of living as a single parent, all Donna Adams longs for is someone to make her smile, to share hopes and dreams with, to keep her warm at night. But when that certain someone gives her the attention she craves, true love doesn’t always follow the right path. 

Home from the army, Lewis is a changed man. Angry and consumed by grief, troubled by nightmares and flashbacks, his mind is worse now than ever. Shutting out what he’s seen isn’t easy, but he risks losing everything he’s come back to if he doesn’t, including his sanity. 

Megan Cooper hides her scars for fear of being rejected. Mary Marshall can’t always remember how she got hers. If the past could be erased to make a better future, we’d all want that, wouldn’t we? But life is never that easy for the residents of The Mitchell Estate… 

Kat’s Rating: 4/5

Kat’s Review: So I finally made it to book 4 having caught up with this series very recently. The great thing about that is that I already have a feel for characters and residents that live on the Mitchell Estate, where the books are set. This latest book features less of Housing Officer Josie, and much more of other residents. It focuses around 2 main families and the characters within them and they all have their own issues and problems.

Donna is always spending time caring for her sick Mother, or running around ensuring her grown up children are doing okay. When she meets a guy she feels like it’s finally time for her to be a little bit selfish. Donna’s children Keera and Sam are also featured heavily in the story. In addition to Donna we meet Lewis whose story is extremely tragic. As a soldier returning from War it’s clear that he is suffering and his actions become more and more dangerous as he struggles to by in daily life. I really liked a character Megan, who has her own ‘scars’ that stay hidden and she was one of my favourites from the early stages.

The stories that Mel Sheratt achieves are always intricately plotted so that everyone gets enough ‘page time’ if you know what I mean, I really felt myself getting to grips with and having empathy for various characters almost from the outset. The story featuring Donna was quite harrowing and was something I ‘felt’ coming. I always see that as a good sign, because it means the author is creating enough suspense to scare you senseless! The only thing that I struggled with was a particular character and relationship in the book with a character called Derek. I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoiling it for others, but for some reason this element of the story didn’t sit right with me?

There is a lot of story packed in here but it’s easy to follow and once again gives you an idea of the type of people living on The Mitchell Estate. I think book 3 held the edge for me over this one but this is still a superb and solid read. Josie Mellor the housing officer only makes very brief appearances, but enough to keep us in the loop with her life. As it had been a while since I got back into reading this series I forgot how much I loved it. This is another great book from Mel Sherratt and this series is an absolute MUST read.

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