I received an ARC copy of the incredible new DI Natalie Ward book a while back, but as I was invited to take part in the #BookTour (honoured!), I had to wait over a month to post my review – it was torture. The Dare came out this week – so what are you waiting for? 🙂
The Dare by Carol Wyer
Genre: Crime Fiction/Crime, Thriller & Mystery
BUG Rating: 5/5
Overall: I’m buzzing from this book. I LOVED it. I don’t think I have been this gripped by a book, ever. It’s another amazing book by Carol Wyer, centred around DI Natalie Ward and her team. This time, they are hunting a meticulous, clever and deranged killer who is preying on young teenage school girls – and perhaps even Natalie’s own daughter!
Totally terrifying, this addictive read will keep you gasping, guessing and on the edge of your seat throughout. If you haven’t yet read one of the Natalie Ward series, definitely start at the beginning with the Birthday and Last Lullaby. You won’t be disappointed!
Panic like invisible mist filled her chest, clogging her airways and causing her breath to come in little gasps.
Jane’s daughter is a good girl. What is she hiding?
When thirteen-year-old Savannah Hopkins doesn’t come straight home from school, as she always does, her mother Jane immediately raises the alarm.
Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward whose daughter Leigh is the same age as Savannah. Soon Natalie’s worst fears are confirmed when the teenager’s broken body is found in nearby shrubland.
Evidence points towards a local recluse, but just as the net is closing around him, one of Savannah’s friends, Harriet, is reported missing.
As Natalie delves into the lives of both girls, she soon discovers a sinister video on their phones, daring the girls to disappear from their families for 48 hours.
But Natalie isn’t quick enough for this killer, and she is devastated to find Harriet’s body on a fly tip a day later.
Caught up in the case, she takes her eye off her own daughter and when Leigh goes missing after school she knows she must be in terrible danger. The clock is ticking for Natalie. Can she catch this killer before her little girl becomes the next victim?
Oh my gosh – copying out the synopsis, I just realised it did actually reference Natalie’s own daughter going missing – this so caught me out and I was totally OMG on the edge of my seat!!!
Back to my review … where to start – Carol is at it again with another totally mesmerising, epic read.
The Dare is book 3 in the DI Natalie Ward series, and I really, really, wanted to start it straight after Last Lullaby a couple of weeks back, but I am trying to have some self control and pace myself, since it’s the last one (for now … Hurry up Carol! :)). So I eagerly started this last week, and I was a bit slow with it due to work commitments, but the advantage of this was I got to drag it out, and spend longer with Natalie and the team!!!
I am literally still buzzing from reading this book – I loved, loved and LOVED it. It was definitely the best one yet.
The storyline was as twisted as ever – teenage school girls going missing and their broken bodies turning up by dump sites. Did they run away or were they hunted?
Natalie and team try and piece together the girls lives and links to find out what happened. They identify many suspects, some of who I had totally committed to the death penalty, but then alibi after alibi checked out. It’s a race against time to unmask this clever killer (who is leaving no forensic trace behind) before they strike again.
The crime scene descriptions were just perfect. If that isn’t creepy – they were described in such detail, I felt the goosebumps and horror all the team felt, just as if I was there.
I was on the edge of my seat, spine tingling, when Natalie’s own teenager daughter, Leigh, goes missing – has she been targeted by the killer? You MUST read it and find out!
Carol’s writing was, as usual, just brilliant. The build up .. the tension … the killer revealed. It was just WOW.
I also absolutely loved the personal turmoils the team members were all going through too, whilst all trying to stay focused on their most challenging case yet. I love the element this brings to the stories, and how we end up becoming totally invested in the characters and wanting to find out more. The whole cast is just fantastic – I love them all. We also get more glimpses into Natalie’s romantic life with husband, David, which continues to be strained after the last couple of books. I can’t wait to see where this leads.
I truly feel the books are getting better and better with each instalment – and i just cannot wait for the next! I’ll attempt to wait patiently for book 4 and Publishers, if you are at all listening, please please do not let this series end!!!
I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley / Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions are my own.