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!!
All my reviews can be found here
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
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
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.. 💕💕
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
It would be my first tour with Bookouture and I am so excited… Jumping with joy…
Sounds like you enjoyed the book. 😀 Thanks for the recommendation. And I hope you’re feeling better.
I am better now with good days and bad days… Thank you so much for your lovely comment 😍
Freaky! Intense! And glad it distracted you so well for a few hours. Hugs and constant wishes for better health.
Oh yes it did… 💕
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
She has written a lot of books… Hope you get to it soon. A couple of them are on kindle unlimited, I think
Another great review!😊 This looks really interesting; now I want to check it out!
This is a fab book.. I have read all books by this author I think 🤔
I need to check out her novels!
And she is absolutely sweet and adorable
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! 🙂
Thanks Leslie… You are extremely sweet to say this..
I hope you get better soon. What a fantastic review! I will be reading this for my Bookouture Christmas week, I can’t wait!
Wow that’s great… I liked the entire concept of a Christmas week..
I just wrote the first review, I’m really excited about it!
Reblogged this on Angie Dokos.
Thank you so much Angie… and Shalini of course xx
Angie is fabulous and so supportive
You’re welcome. I look forward to reading it. Love Shalini’s post. 💜📖
Wow glad that this was so fantastic and the mc was so strong! haha gotta love those books that keep you upto insane o’clock 😉 Great review!
Thank you so much ❤️ some books don’t let me sleep😉😊
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! ❤
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
Great review! I stayed up late to finish this one too. Such a good read! 😊
I agree… Carol is so fabulous… I loved Natalie… She touched my heart..
Ooooo 5 stars from Shalini = right to my TBR! Lovely review!! 🧡
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😂😂😂😂
😂😂😂 you’re amazing. 🧡
It wouldn’t have mattered if it had been morning – I generally don’t sleep LOL 🙂
Yayyy welcome to the gang.. I don’t, but after health issues, I am streamlining my life
Thank you Jessica. I hope you enjoy it too and thank you Shalini (again.)
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 😂😂
I am getting hold of this one.
This is a fab book. Carol is a great author
Many thanks, Moushmi. I very much hope you enjoy it.
Carol, you are fabulous… You have interacted with all my friends wow… Never had an author on my blog like you… 💕
I do like to be unique!
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.
Carol is simply fabulous… One of the best authors and so gracious too
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.
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…
You’re hardly a nobody, Shalini! Besides…. I was proper nobody once upon a time too. 🙂
I saw that she responded to your post and comments. You, my dear Shalini, are far from nobody. You are an influencer!
Omg omg omg thank you so much… Now I wonder what is an influencer? 🤔🤔
You will have to google it. 😝😝
Hehehe 😂 😂 😂 😂 more research darling… On to Google I go… And then become a propah influencer, girl
Hope things are better now, health wise. Sending love. ❤
Thank you so much ❤️ I am better now
Awww I’m so happy to hear that! If you ever need anything, I’m here for you. ❤
Aww that’s really so sweet of you… Have a great month… ❤️❤️