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.
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