Digital Reads Reviews

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Many thanks to publisher Bookouture and author Carol Wyer for my spot on this Blog Tour.

I was blown away by the Blossom Twins a book that featured DI Natalie Wards. That one made me cry until early morning. But The Secret Admirer went a step further. It gave me shockers that had my hands trembling right at the beginning of the book.

A fatal gruesome attack on a young girl with her entire life ahead of her, an only child of a loving mother and Natalie Wards went back to work to head that investigation.

Having read almost all of author Carol Wyer’s books, I knew that I was in for a rocking ride. What I didn’t know was that the ride would start from the get-go. The tale was intriguing where the investigation led to minimal clues. I too was left scratching my head trying to decipher the identity of the killer.

The book had twists, absolutely shocking ones, my stomach fell and my hands became cold on reading that. The author had a wickedly clever mind to think up such a plot twist. The story had layers, different nuances and expressions. Each page told me something different. Of all the books I have read, and I have read a lot, this was the most complete ones.

There was a sense of poetry to it, a flow to the way she amalgamated the past, present, and future of Natalie’s life and to a small extent of her team mmembers’ too. There was nothing incongruous in the prose. Each section felt as if they belonged to tell me a story, if I would sit down to listen. And believe me, I listened. I savored every word that the book told me.

I had a lump in my throat at certain sections. I felt loss keenly and I understood Natalie Ward just a bit more. What can I say more about this book? It was everything and something more. Very, very different. It was Carol Wyer at her best showing me her sensitive and wicked side. Both made me smile.

Read it to believe it. But read the series from the beginning, then you would love DI Natalie Wards as much as I do. She is special.

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

All my reviews can be read here

The Secret Admirer: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 6)

‘I tried to talk to you today but you snubbed me and walked away. It wasn’t wise to give me the brush-off, Gemma. I can be a truly good friend but I also make the perfect enemy.’

Sasha’s eighteen-year-old daughter Gemma was all she had in the world. Sasha fell pregnant with Gemma when she was still at school, and the two are as close as sisters. So when Gemma’s burned and broken body is found, Sasha’s world ends. What kind of person would want her beautiful daughter dead?

Leading the case is Detective Natalie Ward, scarred by her own recent tragedy. When she finds a note in Gemma’s diary from a ‘secret admirer’, she moves quickly, determined to un-mask them. But interviews with Gemma’s devastated ex-boyfriend, and her charismatic teacher, who has been seen embracing his student far away from the classroom, don’t give Natalie the answers she’d hoped for…

And then the case takes a devastating, personal twist. CCTV footage reveals Natalie’s estranged husband David followed Gemma home every evening the week before she died.

Natalie is forced to put personal feelings aside and follow procedure, even though she can’t believe David could be guilty. But when Gemma’s housemate is found murdered, Natalie thinks the killer could still be at large. Is she right to trust her instincts about David and can she discover the truth before another precious life is taken?

Publication Date: 2nd April 2020

11 Responses

  1. Shalini, I always enjoy reading your reviews because you have such a unique and enthusiastic style of writing but I really love this one!
    If ever I were to question whether or not I got it right with this book, I would only have to refer back to this wonderful review to know I did. Thank you for that.
    I’m so glad you like my devious mind. I can assure you it gives me many a sleepless night and trying to make my plots as dastardly as I do, requires a vast amount of planning and an element of sneakiness too. Thank you for appreciating all the effort that goes into the books and for loving Natalie and the team. With each book, I feel much closer to them all.
    Sincere thanks for not only writing such a wonderful review and for taking part in this book tour but for supporting me, sharing the book love and giving up your free time so generously. It is hugely appreciated. And what could there possibly be next for Natalie… you will soon find out 😉 xx

    1. Aww you are much too kind. Glad I read the book during peaceful times. As the stress is getting to me now.
      Thank you so much for liking my review. You, my beautiful lady, deserve all the accolades. You are one wicked dudette too.
      Keep writing. Stay safe ❤️ 😘

  2. I adore your reviews, you have convinced me that this is an author I need to pick up and read, I keep meaning to…

    1. You have to read this Series… Carol has been a bold gal, taking wonderful heart wrenching risks. I wonder if I would ever be a character in her book. Then she should make me into a sassy kick-ass investigator with a bit of a foul mouth. 😂😂Pun intended.

      Carol, are you listening?

  3. Fab review! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed The Secret Admirer too… I still can’t believe the twists in Natalie’s personal life in her last two books!

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