The Dare – Detective Natalie Ward #3 by Carol Wyer


When a young girl goes missing then turns up dead the next day, Detective Natalie Ward finds herself on a case that hits a little too close to home.

Natalie and her team are back on the hunt for a killer.  Savanna Hopkins is the first girl to go missing and later found dead near some bins, but when a second girl also disappears, could they be searching for a serial killer.  Natalie is baffled by the lack of connection between the two girls until leads start linking them together.  It seems the girls have more in common than originally thought but who is telling the truth and who is lying?

When a dare website, ‘Disappear’, turns up that both girls have looked at the disappearances take on an even more sinister twist. But time is of the essences when Natalie’s own daughter disappears!

Another fantastic mystery by Carol Wyer.  From start to finish the story grabs hold and keeps the reader guessing throughout. I love trying to figure out the who, why and how but there is always that little piece missing until the end.  I also get distracted by the team’s side-stories, Natalie and her family are having problems, Lucy and her baby, Ian and Murray’s continued altercations, plus the obvious tension between Natalie and Mike.

Listen to via Audible, narrated by Diana Croft

Rating 5/5


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?