The Girls Next Door Extract- Part 3:
‘Travis Barker – and he’s going to get what’s coming to him.’ Nathan began to jog down the bank towards him.
Tom threw his cigarette to the ground, grinding it out with the toe of his boot before following Nathan, Craig hot on his heels.
Katie watched them sneaking up on the figure. Just as he was about to disappear into the subway, she saw Nathan punch him in the side of the head. The boy, taken by surprise, dropped to his knees before scrambling up and turning to face them. Nathan punched him in the face this time. So did Craig. Tom drew back his foot and aimed a kick at him when he dropped to the floor for a second time.
As if they were a pack of wild dogs, they rained punches and kicks down on the boy as he tried to curl up into a ball. For a moment Katie froze, unsure how to stem the rage that was coming from them. Then she saw Nathan flick out a knife.
‘No,’ she whispered.
Rigid with fear, she watched Nathan thrust the knife into the boy’s stomach. It was as if time stood still as he pulled it out and then stabbed him repeatedly.
‘Stop! Please!’ Katie screamed and ran down the bank towards them as they continued their attack. Finding courage she didn’t know she had, she pushed first Craig and then Tom away as hard as she could, hoping it would snap them out of the red mist that must have descended.
Nathan glared at her but dropped the knife.
She scrambled across to the boy and knelt down beside him. There was blood coming from his mouth and he was making gurgling noises as he fought for breath. His hood fell from his face, and Katie recoiled. It wasn’t a boy. It was a girl.
And Katie knew her.
‘Deanna? Oh, no, Deanna.’ She pulled her into her arms and looked up at the boys. ‘This isn’t Travis. It’s his sister!’
‘It’s a girl?’ Tom grabbed hold of his hair with both hands. ‘Shit, what did we do?’
‘Call an ambulance!’ Katie cried.
‘She’s dead, isn’t she?’ Craig turned to Nathan. ‘This is your fault! No one mentioned anything about a knife!’
Nathan shook his head vehemently. ‘She’s breathing, look!’
‘But she’s bleeding!’ Craig pointed at Deanna.
Katie held Deanna as she thrashed about, trying to catch her breath. ‘Call for an ambulance,’ she screamed. ‘If she dies, we’re all in trouble!’
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Mel Sherratt – Bio:
Mel Sherratt writes gritty crime dramas, psychological suspense and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as she calls it. Shortlisted for the CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in the Library Award 2014, she finds inspiration from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante and Elizabeth Haynes. Since 2012, all nine of her crime novels have been bestsellers. Four of her books are published by Amazon Publishing’s crime and thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer and she has a new series out with Bookouture.
Mel lives in Stoke-on-Trent, with her husband and terrier, Dexter, named after the TV serial killer, and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for some of her books.