What would you do if your daughter went missing?
What would you do when she turned up after 48 hours and stated she had been taking part in a social media craze?
What would you do if your daughter went missing for 48 hours, and you were hoping she was taking part in the craze, but was then found murdered?
Social media is responsible for a lot these days and teenagers are particularly vulnerable to the trends, or should I say they are influenced.
What a concept to set a murder story around, and Carol Wyer has pulled it off to perfection.
The first girl to go missing, and later turn up dead is Savannah, and her mom will always blame herself for not being home when she should have been.
This is where DI Natalie Ward and her team start the investigation. An investigation that will be hindered by the social media trend, some of the girls going missing are simply hiding away for effect. Others are not so fortunate.
So, is somebody using the missing for 48 hour game to find their victims, or is there a murderer who is targeting random teenage girls.
As Natalie and her team carry out the investigation they uncover the secret lives that teenage girls keep from their parents, and I couldn’t help but think how realistic that is.
Shop lifting and dating older men are just two of the things these girls have been up to, and the perceived loyalty of their friends in keeping secret their slightly nefarious activities is hindering the Police’s investigation.
As girls go missing, and bodies start to be found, the team are in a race against time to identify the killer.
But has this killer found the best way yet of putting the Police of their scent. Not every missing girl ends up dead, but they all need investigating and its taking time. Time the Police can’t afford to waste on false leads.
Natalie is very aware of the lives of teenagers as she is the mother of two of them, and receives very little support from her husband in bringing them up.
In fact Natalie’s home life is slowly going down the pan and its beginning to distract her at a time when she least needs distracting.
Will she keep her mind on the game? Will she and her team, identify the killer before the body count gets out of hand?
This is book three in the DI Natalie Ward Series. All three have been brilliant stories, and have all had very original plots. The story of Natalie hooks me as nearly as much as the crimes she’s solving.
As a character Natalie Ward stands out as being one of the most realistic. Her problems are everyday problems, her family is a normal family, but her husband has got a problem and its driving a wedge between them.
The thing I find about these books is how on point they are. The issues with social media are very current and are most parents nagging worries with their teenagers, and Carol Wyer exploits that fear in this book.
The problem her husband has is one of Britain’s growing problems, he’s a gambler, and a again Carol explores the problems with living with somebody who’s gambling in a brilliant manner.
Yes this is book 3 in the series, but it can be read as a stand-alone.
My recommendation would be read all three, in fact if you are looking for some books to read around the pool, or on the beach this summer, get all three and save them to binge read. You won’t be disappointed.