Last Lullaby by Carol Wyer @CarolEWyer @bookouture #BookReview #Book2 #DetectiveNatalieWard #Book627 #NetGalleyCountdown #AuthorTakeOver

Posted July 20, 2020 by Zoé in Author TakeOver, Book Reviews / 3 Comments

Book 2! It’s Book 2!! We are here, we have arrived, a new story for me to read!

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Last Lullaby by Carol Wyer @CarolEWyer @bookouture #BookReview #Book2 #DetectiveNatalieWard #Book627 #NetGalleyCountdown #AuthorTakeOverLast Lullaby by Carol Wyer
Series: Detective Natalie Ward #2
Published by Bookouture on December 7 2018
Format: eARC
Source: Net Galley
Pages: 338
Also by this author: The Birthday, What Happens in France, Little Girl Lost , Secrets of the Dead, The Missing Girls , The Silent Children , The Chosen Ones, Life Swap, Take A Chance On Me, What Happens in France, Suddenly Single, The Birthday, The Dare , The Sleepover, The Blossom Twins , The Secret Admirer, Somebody’s Daughter , EndGame, An Eye for an Eye, A Cut for a Cut

Charlotte’s baby is safe. But is she?

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.

Can Natalie stop this twisted killer and save one of her own before more families are torn apart forever?

This book trailer has sent shivers down my spine!

A snippet of the book

Ouch, what a story, one that I can safely say flummoxed me. Yes, I did steal that right from the end of the book! I could not figure out for the life of me who was behind the murders. There was a LOT of red herrings, which is just….fabulous!!

Every page I was suspecting the same people Natalie and her team were. All coming back to the same links she did and everything surrounding the one seemingly logical explanation. However, nothing is ever what it seems in one of Carol’s books!

Last Lullaby is not only taxing on Natalie and her team, but it is starting to seep further into Natalie’s personal life, tensions and frustrations are running high. Rows are sparking with David at home, as tempers flare, dates are cancelled and then the final tipping point for Natalie is exposed in the final pages. God, this fall out is going to be destructive and completely explosive!! As wrong as this sounds, I can’t wait to witness this.

Lucy was given more focus on this book, probably to amplify something foreboding in the future….god I hope not. I like her! We get a glimpse into her life and how Bethany is coping with the pregnancy. It gives Lucy more of a pivotal role in our eyes as we have another character to watch grow but also to worry about.

This case, wow, it was horrific, I mean who kills a mother while their baby/child is in the wrong next door. These deaths are brutal, Charlotte has literally been battered to death, the pain of it all. This killer is not only completely messed up but he is a clever so and so. Some of the “tricks” were ingenious, again Carol’s imagination is just Woah! The team have their work cut out for them, we have so many different leads, it is like we are trying to find the middle of a labyrinth before the killer gets there, hitting every dead end on our journey. There is no respite for the team and I feel tired just reading the book! I need a lie-down.

One thing I really did like about this story, we have about 50% of the book just focusing on Charlotte and her last few hours. Revelations, secrets and shocks galore, questioning the wrong people, and then the last 50% the story ramps up. It makes you race through the book, although it does not matter how quickly you read this book we can’t change the outcome unfortunately, this is not a choose your destiny book. This book is final. The words have been written and we are just on the ride to hope Natalie and her team can stop the killer before we lose any more women.

Until next time xxx

Another added bonus, Carol reading the book

About Carol Wyer

Carol Wyer garnered a loyal following as an author of romantic comedies, and won ThePeople’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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3 responses to “Last Lullaby by Carol Wyer @CarolEWyer @bookouture #BookReview #Book2 #DetectiveNatalieWard #Book627 #NetGalleyCountdown #AuthorTakeOver

  1. To say I loved this post is a massive understatement because i savoured every single word and relished your pleasure which oozed from the page. Zoe, you are an exceptionally good reviewer – you made me want to read the book! I write with a similar passion to how you read so when you race through a passage, heart-beating, I will have written in that same frantic way: the victim terrified of the killer, desperate to escape from the nightmare she finds herself in and fearful for her child. I live every argument Natalie has with David, experience every emotion she does: the frustration, the anger, and the despair. Ultimately, I reach the end of each book drained but very satisfied and when i read reviews like this, I delight in the knowledge I’ve accomplished what I set out to do and you, and readers like you, have been on the same journey. In brief, you have given me huge pleasure and thank you so much for that.
    You’ve also brightened my morning enormously, and given the sun is out, that’s quite an achievement. XOXO