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The Birthday: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 7 in Detective Natalie Ward Series
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- File Size : 1515 KB
- Publisher : Bookouture (September 27, 2018)
- Publication Date : September 27, 2018
- Print Length : 304 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B07F4BB3RV
- Language: : English
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1786815370
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- Best Sellers Rank: #24,892 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The next day, another girl who had attended the birthday party two years ago is found murdered.
Immediately the exact same scenario is repeated.
Detective Natalie Ward is heartbroken by the case. Cases involving children are always devastating, but they make her all the more determined.
Natalie is one of the more relatable characters seen in recent female detectives. While she does have a history of unsolved cases and family troubles, she is not the tortured soul that has become so prevalent.
Being grounded, this is an easy plot to keep up with, but it does not easily reveal its secrets.
Carol Wyer has breathed life into a human being, not just some cookie cutter character.
I received a copy of this book for free from NetGally in exchange for an honest review.
Having read all of the DI Carter murder mysteries, I couldn't help wondering if the new DI, Natalie Ward, would be as compelling. Hah!. She's a mum with a wobbly marriage as well as a police detective, and her latest case brings back all the old doubts and fears. Natalie Ward could be any of us, and that is part of what makes The Birthday so compelling. And so very, very chilling. The best yet.
With the exception of a few grammatical faux pas, I thoroughly enjoyed Carol Wyer's story telling ability! (I have a personal gripe against authors using a singular.noun followed by a plural pronoun! English is such a flexible language that any good writer should find a way around the common - irritating usage of plural pronoun referring to the singular noun in a sentence/paragraph!) That is truly my only complaint, but it's occurrence was not so frequent as to distract from the well told take!
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See what this book did to me? Total monster-under-the-bed syndrome.
So, shenanigans and bed socks aside, this book is a treat if you love crime and detectives. Really interested to find out how Natalie’s marriage progresses and whether a certain person plays a bigger part—ahem—in her future. I like the way Natalie has empathy but also a fierce determination to get the perpetrator caught. Top notch fiction. Roll on Last Lullaby, that’s what I say!
Detective Natalie Ward was to lead the investigation into Ava's death but not long after finding Ava another little girl goes missing and is sadly found murdered. Was it a coincidence that she too had been at the birthday party and that when her body was found she had been dressed in a yellow dress, the same colour that Ava had also been wearing or had the same perpetrator returned to once again bring death and heartache to the local community.
For Natalie and her team no stone must be left unturned as they race to find the murderer before another young child dies.
This is my first novel by Carol Wyer but most definitely won't be my last.
So many great characters, loved meeting Natalie for the first time, and with plenty of action, this tense, gripping and chilling thriller will keep you turning those pages from nail biting start to a finish I didn't see coming.
A Fabulous, highly recommended read and I very much look forward to reading Carol's next novel.
Gah - I cannot begin to express how overwhelmingly sad, creepy, tense, and heart-thumpingly good this book is. Okay - so maybe I can begin, I'm just not sure I can do it justice. Now there are truly heartbreaking moments in this book, and any parent who has mislaid their child for even five minutes will understand the overwhelming sense of dread this instills in them. But what if your child was not found and reunited with you? How would that make you feel? This is exactly the kind of emotion Carol Wyer has captured in this book. The emotional toll that the loss of Ava has on her parents is perfectly captured on the page but it also adds a layer of doubt when the new investigations begins. Are they victims like Ava - or suspects?
I don't want to go too far into the story - it goes far beyond the disappearance of a five year old girl believe me - but I will say that there are scenes in the book which made my skin crawl and moments that will truly have you on the edge of your seat. It is a dual timeline story and we move seamlessly between the central investigation and the story of a young boy. As to how these two stories intersect, you'll have to read for yourself but believe me it is most excellent. Both stories have the ability to surprise, shock, pull at your heart-strings and have you chomping on your nails in equal measure. I will say though that the symmetry in this book is perfect as the central theme, the title even, The Birthday, is a catalyst for the drama that is to follow in more ways than one.
I really liked the character of Natalie Ward. She is a woman haunted by a case from her past, one in which results were not overwhelmingly positive, and she is determined that she will not allow that to happen again here. A family woman, all at home is not entirely harmonious and I will be intrigued to see how that plays out in books to come. Her team are all excellent, well rounded and diverse and I am looking forward to seeing more of all of them, especially Lucy Carmichael who is keen to impress, determined, and trying to emulate Natalie who she sees as a role model, and Murray Anderson, a no nonsense Sergeant who I really grew to like quite quickly. This is a team who work well together, and along with the Crime Scene techs, especially Mike Sullivan, will fast become firm favourites of fans of the crime genre, I'm certain of it.
If you are looking for a well paced, heart-wrenching, pulse racing, edge of your seat kind of book and a crime fighting team who you can genuinely root for then look no further as this could genuinely be your next favourite read. I tore through it and I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Bravo Carol Wyer. Another cracking series here and no mistake.
The book opens in 2015 when we are thrown into a child’s birthday party at a petting zoo, attached to a crafts centre. Ava Sawyer is at the centre here as she simply vanishes after the people responsible for the children take their eyes off her for just a few seconds. Now two years later her remains have been discovered a short distance away, and DI Natalie Ward leads a new team in the hunt for her killer, but as the investigation progresses more children are kidnapped, children who had some connection to Ava. Will Natalie be able to find the killer in time before they strike again?
Carol Wyer has created an absolutely gripping plot in The Birthday. I really felt as though the police were racing against the clock to find the killer in time to stop them from taking another child. This is what made this book such an intense read heightened by the killer’s thoughts which we hear from throughout the book, and we get to see just what a disturbed individual this person is. I really wanted Natalie and her team to catch them in time before they made their next move, and there was always that impending sense of doom that they were one step ahead of the police.
Natalie is a detective who is haunted by her past failures, and you can see that she is determined to find the girls in time and to bring the perpetrator to justice. She is a character who I really cared about, and I wanted her to stop blaming herself as I could see how this was affecting her. But it is what has made her the detective she is today, and she is another fine addition to the crime fiction world. I got the sense that her team all worked really well together and I particularly liked Natalie and Lucy Carmichael’s working relationship; I can’t wait to see how they will both progress in future books.
For me, the pace did drop a little bit in the middle, but it really picked up again in the end as everything started to come together for the detectives. I was rooting for them to get to the answers all the way through.
I will certainly be reading the next book in the series very soon, and I can’t wait to see what is in store for Natalie and her team next. With brilliant, engaging writing and memorable characters, I think this is another series that will become a firm favourite of mine.