THE BIRTHDAY by CAROL WYER #DetectiveNatalieWard #Thriller @bookouture @carolewyer @KimTheBookworm
Ha Ha Ha I remember the day that Kim announced that The Birthday was out there for the Blog Tour, us Bloggers were practically falling over each other to get to the top of the queue. So today is the day I join the other Bloggers in reviewing and celebrating what will hopefully become another Best Seller.
The Birthday by Carol Wyer
What the Book Says
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.
Oooow I’m full of the giggles, Carol’s Books always send a bolt of excitement and stomach flutters through my body when a new edition comes to fruition, The Birthday is no exception, in fact the OMG sensation climaxes with the fact that another Detective Series has unfolded and has become part of the literary world.
All there is to say is Go Carol……………….okay, okay I’m only joking you know there is a load more to say!! So come on lets get a wriggle on, snuggle down and see where The Birthday takes us.
The first thing that I definitely can’t help but comment on is the Cover design. The yellow shoes, the torn effect through the title, all project a sense of foreboding and an indeterminable passage of time, each part culminating in the seasoned characteristics of Carol’s narrative, the essence of a fantastic crime thriller.
Carol opens the new series with a bang, the unexplained abduction of a little girl, Ava, from a birthday party. No leads, no witnesses, no real evidence, fast forward 2 years and Ava is found dead, then another child goes missing……
A web of deceit, a tangle of lies, forbidden secrets, a test of time……Now that time is running out!
What happened the day of Ava’s fateful abduction and what bearing has it on what is happening to the children from that party now. Turning the pages, I absorbed the narrative, played my part, became one with The Birthday, above all I used the confines of my mind to scrutinise what Carol had purposely hidden to uncover the truth.
Its been lovely to meet the newest edition to Carol’s literary prowess, Detective Natalie Ward, she isn’t perfect, their are flaws, dark parts of her past, but she is resilient, strong and forthright, boy am I going to love reading more about Detective Ward.
It’s been a privilege to join the other Bloggers and Readers at the beginning of this journey, turning the pages together, walking through the narrative of Carol’s mind, getting to know Detective Natalie Ward. I’m so looking forward to the next instalment, roll on Book #2.
The Birthday is an emotionally sacrificial read, a terror inducing thriller, which will test the depths of your mind and send it into over-drive.
My thanks go to Bookouture, Carol Wyer and Kim Nash for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of The Birthday, it been an honour. This is my unbiased opinion and the review is all my own, I hope you enjoy The Birthday as much as I did.
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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