Author: Carol Wyer
Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.37)
Published: December 7th 2018 | Bookouture
When the body of young mother Charlotte Brannon is discovered by her husband in their immaculate, silver bedroom, Detective Natalie Ward is first on the scene. The killer has left a chilling calling card: the word ‘Why?’ written on the wall in blood. Determined to find justice, Natalie quickly discovers the husband is hiding a troubled past, and she’s sure the teenage babysitter’s alibi doesn’t quite add up. But before Natalie can dig deeper, another mother is murdered, her young son left distraught, staring at a fresh ‘Who?’ scrawled beside her. Natalie knows it’s only a matter of time before the killer strikes again, but all the key suspects have alibis. It’s her toughest case yet, and with her marriage hanging by a thread, the cracks are beginning to show. Just when Natalie finds an unsettling clue she thinks could solve the case, another young woman and her baby disappear, and a member of Natalie’s team is put in terrible danger.
My Review (5 Stars)
Before I get started on my review, I always like to let you know if I complete books as a buddy read. This novel, along with every other Carol Wyer suspense book I pick up, I devour as a buddy read with Megan over at Coffee by the Novel. This is the second book to Wyer’s DI Natalie Ward series.
Looking back to my review from Wyer’s first DI Natalie Ward novel, I have come to like Natalie a lot more. In this second novel she has handled herself in more of a professional way and more motherly than she did in the first novel and I was really loving that. She had more time spent with her kids (even though it’s not enough time being a cop) and more time for her husband.
This novel was written so well. When I look at how suspects come across in a book, I feel like those characters are a huge part of the story. I love when I get thrown for a loop and second guess myself when I choose a suspect of my own. In this novel that happened. Every suspect DI Ward interview came up with a solid alibi. BUT one of them committed these murders. I ended up figuring out the right suspect but it wasn’t until a chapter or two before she released that information.
Once again, Wyer’s novel is a very fast paced read that I did not want to end. It’s a good thing I just requested book three (The Dare) on NetGalley so Megan and I can start reading when we are approved! The ending was shocking for Natalie’s home life but it wasn’t something I didn’t expect to happen. I’m just hoping that she will be able to work through it for her children and the sake of her sanity.
Thank you to Carol Wyer, Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced copy so I could provide an honest review.