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- Print Length: 344 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (April 25, 2019)
- Publication Date: April 25, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07N3WYYLD
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,236 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Dare: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 3) Kindle Edition
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The Dare really taps into the idea of the influence of Social media and the desire of the younger generation to be seen to be strong, brave and right on the edge of whatever mad craze is currently fashionable. In this case, it is the craze for completing challenges of dares, such as the ice bucket challenge, in a bid to garner popularity and some kind of fame status amongst their peers that puts young girls in grave danger.
From the very start of the book you get a sense of the danger that lurks within the pages, portraying the heart of the beast that will tear a community and three families apart. I love the way in which Carol Wyer has set the scene so brilliantly, the imagery quite vivid in terms of how the killer sees themselves, without giving the reader any clues as to who they might be. That is a mystery that will be kept right until the end of the book before the big reveal. This is someone who will make the skin crawl, and with passages told from their perspective littered throughout the book, you get an ever evolving picture of how damaged they are and why they are now choosing the victims they are ultimately pursuing.
From the perspective of a true police procedural, this book has all you could ask for and more. A strong team with a high focus on results, battling against the typical constraints of modern policing in terms of financial management and lack of resources. Natalie Ward is a strong but relatable character who is going through a tough time at home, something which is only set to get worse. Then there is Lucy, just about to start a new family but also focused on her career and being as successful as she sees Natalie to be. They are two very likeable characters and probably take the lion's share of the attention in terms of this investigation, with Murray and Ian Jarvis taking more of a back seat. there is a fabulous blend of humour and intensity between the characters that I loved as well as a few certain issues with chemistry that keeps rearing its head, and I'm not talking about a mix up at the forensics lab.
I loved the pacing in this story, flexing as it did between the urgency of the hunt for the missing girls and the frustrating periods of waiting for the evidence to be processed, even as the Detectives hit one dead end after another. There are no end of potential suspects to divert attention, but which one of them, if any, is actually guilty? Well you'll need to read to find out. I had my suspicions, and the more you read, the clearer everything will become. There are moments of real tension, especially when Natalie's daughter goes missing, and quieter moments when the characters have time to reflect upon what is happening in their personal lives. Carol Wyer has really captured the emotion of the parents who are torn apart by loss, and the anxiety and anger caused by the recriminations of what happens between Natalie and her husband David.
All of this combines to give us yet another stellar read, full of mystery, thrilling action, a chilling killer and a team of Detectives that is fast becoming one of my favourites.
I think The Dare is Carol Wyer’s most chilling crime novel to date and I was kept gripped right from the start. In her latest Natalie Ward thriller, she delves into the dark side of the Internet and explores a terrifying scenario. It does open your eyes even more to what is potentially out there online. Following on from the craze of the ice bucket challenge a few years earlier which took the online world by storm – which I have to say I never took part in, but I know people who did – Carol explores a much more chilling challenge that is encapsulating young people. But as this new craze takes hold, something goes disastrously wrong leaving Natalie and her team desperately hunting a terrifying serial killer who is exploiting young people.
There’s a real sense of urgency right throughout this book which Carol keeps turning up a notch as the case takes each new turn and as people continued to keep disappearing. This is proving a difficult case for Natalie and her team to crack, especially as she has her own problems going on in her home life as well, particularly with her husband. You know that the killer is going to keep killing until they are brought to justice. Carol cleverly keeps their identity under wraps until the final reveals, there are plenty of characters who will keep you thinking and wondering if it could possibly be them.
The plot is well thought out, and it kept me guessing as I tried to work out who could potentially be responsible for the crimes that were happening and this kept the pace flying forward. There were moments when the tension was so high that I couldn’t stop turning the pages. Natalie is a character who is fast becoming one of my favourite detectives. She is a brilliant protagonist who has kept me intrigued over the past three books in this series, and after the final chapters, it’ll be interesting to see how her character develops further from here. And I don’t think she’s going to be given an easy ride any time soon.
This is another excellent addition to this series that just keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait to read the next instalment. If you’re looking for a crime series that will keep you guessing and keep you on the edge of the seat, then look no further than these books.
Natalie is back with her team trying to solve this demanding case. Sadly things between her and her husband are still as taught and you can really feel the friction between them. The demands of Natalie’s job certainly don’t help but then she also has had cause to not trust her other half which puts constant doubt in her mind.
There are quite a few suspects in this story and I was doing my best to try and guess which of them it was but failing miserably. The author feeds you little bits of doubt so it could be any of them, making your head go into over drive but being gazumped at every turn.
From the first page this author demanded my attention and she got it, fully. The Dare made for a chilling and at times emotional read that I couldn’t get enough of. The tension that you feel from the opening chapter just keeps growing with each murder victim. A totally gripping crime thriller and a very clever one at that!
Without giving anything away, I did guess 'whodunnit', but not till 3/4 of the way through. The throwback sections are creepy (snake!) and heart rending, and go to explain why the murderer kills these girls, terrifying! Love Carol's style of writing, looking forward to more by her.
I have read all of Carols books and have given them all 5 Stars, but this one’s a little slow to start, and the
ending is just s little ‘flat’ somehow, -it ended suddenly, (case solved- end of’) almost as if the author was only allowed so many words, or pages or the deadline date to publish was up.
But saying that never-the-less, as Kindle books are not expensive to buy on line it is worth a read.
Her mother quickly raised the alarm for everyone to find her .
But Savannah’s friend Harriet is reported missing
But Natalie isn’t quick for the killing and there is a body on a tip
Natalie has to take charge as another missing girl goes missing again from school
She has to find her as quickly as she can
I got an ARC from Bookouture
What an absolute winner.
Read this book in a day! Something I've never done before but I'm sure I'll do again with book 4 in this series.
A brilliantly written book which highlights the dangers of Social media and a parents worst fears about what their children are getting up to on it.
Carol is a brilliant Author and i always wait patiently and look forward to her next book.