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What can I say about this author that has already not been said?!!

Fabulous! Fabulous! Simply fabulous!!

I am going through some health issues, and I wanted to read a book which would keep me captivated, my brain engrossed, and switched away from real life. What better than a Carol Wyer book to take me to an alternate universe where I play a detective… Ugghhh I was a poor detective, I couldn’t guess it even till the end!!

I can summarize the story in detail, but I don’t want to, as the blurb says it all. Murders leading to investigation with DI Natalie and her team with Murray, Ian, Lucy, Mike at the helm.

Carol always has a strong main character, and Detective Natalie is just that. But this time she is more real to me, her problems at home with husband and kids weaved a string around my heart and made me like her a wee bit more than the previous book.

As the lead detective, Natalie is awesome. Carol, as usual, gives us a solid investigation without going into the macabre of death. I like the way the author stays at the edge of the graphic details of the body. I often wonder if Carol would dip down into gruesome minutiae but she never does! She cleverly uses the reactions of others to tell us about the state of the body. Clever writing!! One reaction says it all!!

Police procedural with complete investigation, forensics, profiler, man-hours put in by Natalie and her team make this a great wholesome read. There is tension across the pages, each murder adds to the race, the dedication by the team at the cost of their personal life speeds up the reading, the nail biting finish along with a gripping last line left me with a book hangover…

I completed the book at precisely 2:40 am, and I couldn’t stop thinking about Natalie!! What will happen to her in the next book?!!

P.S. I recommend this book when not being well as it completely distracted me!!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!

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When the body of mother Charlotte Brannon is discovered by her husband Adam, in their bedroom, Detective Natalie Ward is first on the scene. The killer has left a chilling calling card: The word ‘Why?’ written on the wall in blood.

As Natalie begins to delve deeper into the couple’s lives, she discovers that Adam has a dark past he’s been hiding and she’s sure that the Brannon’s teenage babysitter Inge has secrets of her own.

Then another mother is murdered on her doorstep in front of her young son, the word ‘why’ scrawled on the wall next to her.

All the key suspects have alibis and with her own marriage hanging by a thread, Natalie is struggling to stay focused on cracking her toughest case yet.

When a young woman and her baby disappear, a member of Natalie’s own team is put in terrible danger. Can Natalie stop this twisted serial killer and save one of her own before more families are torn apart forever?

Publication date : 7th December 2018

Publisher : Bookouture

60 Responses

  1. Shalini, you have made my morning! This is an incredible review. So sorry you weren’t well but very happy I managed to distract you with this book. I really can’t thank you enough for your praise. I’ll leave with a humble but heartfelt ‘thank you’. x

    1. Awww… That is really sweet of you to say that. I loved your book.. I think I am there in the blog tour of your next book… Soooo happy
      I love it when an author comments on my post. It is an honor. Thank you for making my day… Your book distracted me from my headaches.. 💕💕

      1. You have made me even more excited – you’re going to be on my next tour too – that is awesome! I really am sorry about your headaches. I get migraines and they knock the stuffing out of me so I understand how rubbish you must feel some days. You have a superb blog – I love it when I come to somebody’s site and think ‘oooh nice… wish mine looked like this!’ Take care and thank you again xx

  2. This is one of those authors I keep meaning to read but never have. Your enthusiastic review makes me want to drop everything and read her right now

  3. Oooh! I love it when a book is so good I can’t put it down long enough to go to bed! Those kinds of books are so rare. When you find one, it’s like finding a precious jewel in a pile of rocks! Glad you found one that kept up your interest through half the night! Great review, Shalini! 🙂

  4. Murder mysteries are my favorite! After reading your review, I’m definitely adding this to my TBR list 🙂 Thank you so much for this recommendation! I hope you feel better soon! ❤

    1. I have my good days… I love Carol’s books because she concentrates on investigation more. I loved this main character more than her previous series because I could identify some of her personal life with mine

    1. Carol writes very well without going into macabre… I think I messaged exactly 2 41am telling her how much I loved her book. Luckily it was evening for her😂😂😂😂

      1. Carol, thank you for all your interaction here. I loved it.. This is the first time an author has graced my blog with beautiful words… Most just get angry when I don’t like their books 😂😂

  5. Sorry to hear that you have been unwell. I hope that you are feeling better though. Like you, I totally loved this book and can’t wait for the next one already. Fab review.

  6. This book sounds like it has so many things in it that I like. Wonderful review Shalini. I will have to start it early in the day so I am not up all night reading it. Feel better soon. This has really been dragging on for you.

    1. Thanks Carla.. I am better now.. This is a fab read and very cool police procedural.
      I loved the main character Natalie. And Carol herself is absolutely charming… I am a nobody but she still replies to my messages…

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