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Author Carol Wyer loves shaking us up each time we get to read a new book of the series. DCI Natalie Ward is one of the best there is.
Girls were found strangled to death at a car park, soon the body count increased with a slight change in the MO of the killer. With DI Lucy at the helm and Natalie being the boss more in a supervisory role, until things escalated, then it was all hands on deck as pressures mounted with no sustainable leads.
Another winner by the author, this was a solid police procedural but with a difference. The dynamics of the team had changed in subtle ways, both at work and home. I loved seeing how the team managed to find a balance. Vulberabily with memories along with twists in Natalie’s past made me curious about what was in store with this gal.
The investigation was thorough with cohesive work done by all, barring a twist in the group. The author did throw all the cards in the air. The story had its suspenseful moments, the team had a puzzle of a case with multiple bodies, forensics backing them completely. It was completely a race against time, where each team member had something to prove. Everything was same, yet they had changed.
It was fun to see Natalie trying to find her work-life balance along with dealing with shocks of her past. There were still a lot of skeletons hidden in her closet.
A fun read, indeed.
I received a free ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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One by one the girls disappeared…
When the frail body of a teenage girl is discovered strangled in a parking lot, shards of ice form in Detective Natalie Ward’s veins. As Natalie looks at the freckles scattered on her cheeks and the pale pink lips tinged with blue, she remembers that this innocent girl is somebody’s daughter…
The girl is identified as missing teenager Amelia Saunders, who has run away from home and her controlling father. Natalie’s heart sinks further when it becomes clear that Amelia has been working on the streets, manipulated by her violent new boyfriend Tommy.
A day later, another vulnerable girl is found strangled on a park bench. Like Amelia, Katie Bray was a runaway with connections to Tommy, and Natalie is determined to find him and track down the monster attacking these scared and lonely girls.
But when a wealthy young woman is found murdered the next morning, the word ‘guilty’ scrawled on her forehead, Natalie realises that the case is more complex than she first thought. Determined to establish a connection between her three victims, Natalie wastes no time in chasing down the evidence, tracing everyone who crossed their paths. Then, a key suspect’s body turns up in the canal, a mole in Natalie’s department leaks vital information and everything seems to be against her. Can Natalie stop this clever and manipulative killer before they strike again?
Publication Date: July 2020