The Dare by Carol Wyer


When a teenaged girl goes missing, Detective Natalie Ward hopes they will find the presumed runaway safe and sound, but they find her body instead. Her team has barely begun to investigate when word comes of another missing girl, whom they once again find too late. The pressure is on to find the killer before they strike again, and Natalie is horrified when her own daughter disappears.

Once again, I’ve finished reading a crime thriller by Carol Wyer and could only sit back and shake my head in wonder at how incredible it was. To be able to feel this way with a standalone book is wonderful, but for it to consistently happen with every single book in a series (or two series, even)? That is pretty darn special.

Tension is a constant in this story, whether it’s related to the investigation or the personal lives of Natalie and her team. In this book, Natalie’s marriage is going through a particularly stressful time, and as always, I’d be hard-pressed to decide which storyline was the most compelling for me. As fascinating as the investigation itself was, I found myself wanting to linger over her interactions with her husband and children. I care about these characters so much at this point that I would happily read a book based solely on the personal lives of Natalie and other members of her team. I want to know everything there is to know about them! (Particularly Natalie’s relationship with her sister… what happened there?!)

The killer’s motivation, not to mention the way the girls disappeared, felt particularly chilling.  Without giving anything away, I suspect that the thing that ultimately led the girls to their deaths will have readers looking at a certain something in a different light. Yikes, how vague is that?! Don’t worry… you’ll understand what I’m getting at when you read the book. (Hint, hint)

I am breathlessly awaiting book four in this series. If you haven’t started reading the crime-fighting adventures of Detective Natalie Ward and her team yet? Well, it’s a good time to get started! (You can thank me later.)

I received an advance reading copy of this book courtesy of Bookouture via Netgalley.

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Author: Carol Wyer
Title: The Dare
Series: Detective Natalie Ward #3
Genre: Crime Thriller
Publication Date: April 25, 2019 by Bookouture
Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

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?

About the Author

CAROL WYER is the author of award-winning comedies and best-selling crime novels. The DI Robyn Carter and DI Natalie Ward series, published by Bookouture have sold over half a million copies and been translated into several languages including Polish, Czech, Slovak, Norwegian, Hebrew, Turkish and Hungarian.


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