Last Lullaby by Carol Wyer #Review @Bookouture @CaroleWyer #LastLullaby Detective Natalie Ward Book 2
Charlotte’s baby is safe. But is she?
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?
Wow, I can't believe I have just read book 2, it's not that long ago I read book one, Carol Wyer is certainly a writing machine.
I loved getting to know a little about Natalie in book 1, so it's great to spend some more time with her in book 2. Natalie is going to be one of those characters that you really need to be reading about. I don't just mean reading about the cases she works on, I also mean her as a person, following her life and learning about her past.
Carol certainly has a way of producing likeable, strong characters.
Detective Natalie Ward is first on the scene when A husband has discovered his wife dead in their bedroom. Creepily written on the wall in her blood is the word 'WHY'
Now if that doesn't grab your attention, I don't know what will.
I started this book with the intention of reading a little at a time, to savour the story. Not possible, once started it one of those books that you really need to read at every opportunity. It grabs from the word go and spits you out again at the very end.
The case is a disturbing one, a young mother brutally murdered, her body discovered by her husband, who then becomes a suspect, as do most wives, husbands, partners in these cases. Protesting his innocence, uncovers more about their life. It soon becomes apparent that maybe not all was rosy, in the Brannon household.
This book has tension oozing from the pages, and suspects at every turn, if like me you want to try and play at amateur detective, I really wouldn't bother with this one, short of highlighting every name throughout the book, I think it's a tough one to decide on who you think may have done it. This really does add to the mystery throughout the book.
Truly a superbly written book, I can't wait to read more of this series. I was a little sceptical when I realised the author was starting a new series. I love the authors other series Robyn Carter and wasn't sure another could be pulled off and done just as well. I love being proved wrong, and that's certainly what has happened here. Carol Wyer is one of those authors now for me, that I feel there is just no need to read the blurb about the book, if it has her name on the cover, then I want to read it.
Amazing characters, some you'll love, some you'll hate. But certainly a book you can dive right into and won't want to put it down until you have finished. Praise for Carol Wyer. I can't wait for the next one.
The Birthday: (Detective Natalie Ward Book 1) By Carol Wyer. @Bookouture @CarolEWyer #Blogblitz #TheBirthday
Thrilled to be sharing my thoughts on #TheBirthday. This is one awesome read.
One hot summer’s afternoon, five-year-old Ava Sawyer went to a party. She never came home…
When five-year-old Ava Sawyer goes missing from a birthday party at a local garden centre, the police are bewildered by the lack of leads. That is until two years later, when Ava’s body is found and another little girl, Audrey Briggs, goes missing. Audrey also attended that party …
Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward. A mother of two teenagers, this case chills her to the bone, and is a disturbing reminder of the last job she worked on. One that still keeps her awake at night…
Natalie soon discovers that Ava’s mother has some worrying gaps in her alibi and as she digs deeper, she’s sure Ava’s father is not telling the full story. And what did the owner of the garden centre Elsa see that day? Something that she’s not telling Natalie …
Just as Natalie is facing up to the grim possibility that Ava and Audrey were killed by someone close to home, another little girl from the party doesn’t come home from her ballet lesson. Can Natalie find a way to stop this killer before more innocent lives are taken?
Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will keep you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.
What a perfect day to share my thoughts on this book, The Birthday, today on my Birthday.
Kicking off a new series has got to be difficult, especially when you know how readers have taken so well to your other series of books.
Carol Wyer has done this perfectly with book 1 in the Detective Natalie Ward series. If this book is anything to by then this is going to be a series to watch out for. A book filled with suspense and twists, just what you need from a damn good read.
Very well written characters and a good introduction into getting to know a little about Natalie Ward. Another character that will be great getting to know more and more about over the coming books.
In this book we are faced with a little girls body being found, this little girl went missing 2 years previously at a birthday party and that case has never been concluded. It baffled the police with no leads.
Two years on and another little girl has gone missing, the link 'This little girl went to the same birthday party as the little girl whose body has just been found.
While investigating Natalie is not convinced everyone is telling the truth, there are to many gaps in peoples recollections of what happened prior.
Can Natalie Ward and her team find out more links to this case, and those much needed clues before any more children go missing.
A gripping edge of your seat read, nail biting, heart pounding, unputdownable read, that will keep you turning those pages. What I mean is, I kind of really liked this book and it's well worth reading. I'm looking forward to more in this series and I can see it doing just as well and the 'Robyn Carter' series.
About the author:
Carol Wyer garnered a loyal following as an author of romantic comedies, and won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015). In 2017 she stepped from comedy to the “dark side” and embarked on a series of thrillers, featuring the popular DI Robyn Carter, which earned her recognition as a crime writer.
The Staffordshire-based writer now has more crime novels in the pipeline, although she can still sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.
Thrilled to be taking part in the Blog Tour for a series I've grown to love.
They had not been forgiven. And they would never be forgotten ….
This is a series I have thoroughly been enjoying. I was excited at the way the story started as I had some questions still from the previous book, and I was eager to get started to find out what was happening.
It's a must read series, and my personal opinion is that the books are read in order.
Carol has done a superb job with this one, wow what a read! It's safe to say I enjoyed it, and I enjoyed it A LOT!
We still have the story of Davies running through the background of this book, and I really thought I was going to get my answers in this book, I think Carol is being a bit of a tease now, as I have to wait for the next book. It's a wait I don't want, I want answers and I want them now. lol
Detective Robyn Carter is faced with a new case, the body of a young man has been found in a farmers field. The team are soon on the case, trying to find any background on this young man and what could have been the reasons for his killing.
Before long another body is found. Robyn and her team are working like hell to find if there is a link here. It really has you thinking if there is a link and what It could be. There is clearly a cold hearted killer out there, the reasons for the killing I just couldn't work out.
I tell you what though, as I neared the ending of the book, it's safe to say I would have never guessed, and the reasonings behind things were awesome. Carol Wyer has written this book just brilliantly.
Twisty and edge of you seat reading here, and any crime thriller fan will love this one, I'm totally blown away with it. Certainly the best one yet.
About the author:
Carol E. Wyer, who also writes as Carol Wyer, is an award-winning author whose humorous books take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully. In 2017 she moved to the "dark side" and embarked on a series of thrillers. The first, gripping Little Girl Lost, shot to the #2 best-selling spot on Kindle #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible, and was also a USA Today top 150 best-seller.
Her book, Grumpy Old Menopause won The People's Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.
Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing 'Irritable Male Syndrome' and 'Ageing Disgracefully' and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines 'Woman's Weekly' featured in 'Take A Break', 'Choice', 'Yours' and 'Woman's Own' magazines and the Huffington Post.
To learn more about Carol, go to www.carolwyer.co.uk or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer. Carol blogs at www.grumpyoldmenopause.com which featured in The Mail on Sunday
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