The Secret Admirer. Carol Wyer
When I reviewed the last book in this series I asked, How is Carol going to top that.
Well she has, and she’s done it in style.
The start of the book picks up 3 months after the end of the previous one and finds DI Natalie Ward living on her own, in a small flat, getting ready to return to work for the first time since the shocking conclusion of Blossom Twins.
She’s not sure of how she is going to react to some of the scenes she knows she is going to have to attend, the first one couldn’t be much worse.
A young woman has had Acid thrown in her face and has died a horrible death.
When a second murder follows quit quickly afterwards it appears to be related.
With no time for a gradual reintroduction to work, and battling her own demons, Nat and her team are in a race against time to stop a killer who is quickly escalating.
This book, like all of Carol Wyer’s Books, had me gripped from the very beginning, but where Carols books differ from so many others is that she keeps me hooked with every chapter.
She recognises that many crimes affect small groups of people, and manages to find a way of engaging me with every character, in her small cast of characters
Natalie, herself, is one of the best fictional cops I’ve ever read about. Her story across the series has been fascinating, and at times heart breaking.
The occasional characters which make up her team, and her family, are stunningly written and add a depth to each book with their own intertwining story-lines.
But, in my opinion, the criminals and victims stories always give the books extra edge.
All of these combine in this book. Natalie and her ongoing emotional and mental struggles. The small community of characters involved in the crime, two houses full of students, and their families. The twist in the plot which sees Natalie’s husband come under suspicion.
At 413 pages this book is a bit longer than the average book released these days, but every page holds something. As the DJ’s of old used to say it’s “All Thriller and No Filler”
Could this book be read as a stand-alone? Yes
Should this book be read as a stand-alone. No, why would anybody want to miss out on the rest of the series.
A brilliant read from one of my favourite authors.