It’s the final book today. I need tissuesSomebody’s Daughter by Carol Wyer
Series: Detective Natalie Ward #7
Published by Bookouture on July 9, 2020
Source: Net Galley
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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, Last Lullaby, The Dare , The Sleepover, The Blossom Twins , The Secret Admirer
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?
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Well, that is how you temporarily end the series! All these changes going on! I can’t cope!
Natalie now a DCI, Lucy now a DI and the first case with a brand new team! This book again is set with a different tone. When Natalie is in charge of a case it’s interview after interview with different suspects. With Lucy in charge, we hardly interviewed anyone. Instead, we were out hunting down clues, trying to work out how all these deaths fitted.
The reasoning behind it, for me, was a tough one. The stories I have heard and what you generally see portrayed, I always struggle with and it’s a constant worry. We don’t actually see the killers mind until late in the game and it’s one filled with sorrow and heartbreak. Elements of this story were dark and quite grim, everyone harbouring a secret and the fallout here is just filled with so much sorrow. There are just too many wronged and scared people out there.
Again, with Lucy in charge, the resolution of the case is nowhere near the same as if Natalie was dealing and thankfully this case was nowhere near as dark as it has been in the past. All these changes just show us the differences between these two women and how far they have come.
Natalie is still active in the case, but she is trying to take a step back and settle in her new personal life. We still have unfinished business so I do hope we get another book because we have a spanner in the world completely.
This now being the Lucy show, we see more into her personal and how she is struggling. At odds with her partner, trying to be a mum and step up into her role as DI. She has some big shoes to feel. I do see in the future that the series will be more about Lucy than Natalie. I would be open to that, but I don’t want to lose sight of Natalie, I’ve become a huge fan of hers.
I can’t believe I am at the end of Natalie’s story for now. It’s been one heck of a journey. Way too much heartbreak, I’ve been there every step of the way with Natalie and Carol. I felt all the pain, I’ve cried the tears, got angry and now while I feel quite bereft, I also feel quite content. It’s an emotional rollercoaster ride when you pick up one of Carols books. You are never quite sure of the journey, but she always makes sure we are buckled up for the adventure. I will always make sure I am first in line!
Until next time xxx
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