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Review: Last Lullaby (Detective Natalie Ward # 2) by Carol Wyer

last lullabyCharlotte’s baby is safe. But is she?

When the body of mother Charlotte Brannon is discovered by her husband Adam, in their 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.

As Natalie begins to delve deeper into the couple’s lives, she discovers that Adam has a dark past he’s been hiding and she’s sure that the Brannon’s teenage babysitter Inge has secrets of her own.

Then another mother is murdered on her doorstep in front of her young son, the word ‘why’ scrawled on the wall next to her.

All the key suspects have alibis and with her own marriage hanging by a thread, Natalie is struggling to stay focused on cracking her toughest case yet.

When a young woman and her baby disappear, a member of Natalie’s own team is put in terrible danger. Can Natalie stop this twisted serial killer and save one of her own before more families are torn apart forever?

Review

If you enjoy police procedural, this is definitely one series that you should be reading.

Last Lullaby is the second book in the Detective Natalie Ward series by Carol Wyer. Like the first book(The Birthday), it had me scratching my head wondering who the villain was and the motives behind the murders.

The investigation was systematically presented with a number of suspects along the way. The fact that I had no clue about the villain’s identity made this an even more enjoyable read. I had to put my detective hat on and work with Natalie’s team to get answers. I assure you, this isn’t the kind of story where readers go rogue and solve the mystery before the cops. Ah ah, not this time. All my guesses were proven wrong so I had to follow the evidence and work the case with the team.

Detective Natalie is a great MC, quite easy to root for. I like the fact she isn’t your usual fictional lead detective with all kinds of demons, haunted past and hard liquor in her desk drawer. Natalie is a mum trying to juggle the demands at work and home. I think I liked her even more because she reminds me of my mum who is now a retired cop. Our lead detective is so realistically portrayed that you just can’t just help enjoy reading about her personal life even as you follow the case.

Last Lullaby is a masterfully written, unpredictable cop procedural with suspense from the first page and twists that will make your jaw drop. In addition, Carol’s writing is utterly captivating. She made me part of the detectives team and I couldn’t rest until we solved the case. The ending of the book already has me refreshing the author’s social media pages in search of news about her next book.

This is a brilliant series that I can’t recommend enough.

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25 comments on “Review: Last Lullaby (Detective Natalie Ward # 2) by Carol Wyer

  1. Inge | The Belgian Reviewer
    December 13, 2018

    How did I miss this? I must have read over the blurb multiple times before because I didn’t see there was a character with my name. So cool when one of your fav authors uses your name. I haven’t started this new series yet – I’m actually not reading any more books in a series because I’m hopeless following up – but now I’ll really have to! It sounds like this series is just as great as her Robyn Carter series too.. Great review Diana!

    • Diana
      December 13, 2018

      Thanks Inge and yes, there is an Inge in the book 😀 This series is amazing. I haven’t read the Robyn Carter but now that I know how good Carol’s writing is, I hope to read it someday soon.

      I hope that you’ll get a chance to read this one. Its really good so far. I think you’ll love it.

  2. Stephanie
    December 13, 2018

    I really need to read this series! I keep seeing Wyer’s books being reviewed but haven’t read one, but I love police procedurals so would love this! Great review, Diana. I’m adding these to my TBR!

    • Diana
      December 16, 2018

      Thanks Stephanie.I think you’ll enjoy Wyer’s books.She has 2 police procedural.This one and DI Robyn Carter series.I hope you’ll get to read and enjoy either.

      • Stephanie
        December 16, 2018

        You’re welcome! I’ve added 2 of her books to my TBR. I think it was this series…I hope so, lol. I’ll have to go back and check now. I think I’ll enjoy them! Thanks!

  3. Shalini
    December 13, 2018

    Girl, you have nailed it with this review… I so loved every line of it… Carol is an amazing author♥️

    • Diana
      December 16, 2018

      She’s definitely one of the best in this genre,agreed 🙂 Thanks Shalini,glad we are both enjoying this series.

  4. Oh the babysitter is named Inge like our Inge! 😀 I love that the character of Natalie had depth and that you found this book to be enjoyable. Very well written review!

    • Diana
      December 16, 2018

      Yes,it was so cool to meet a character named Inge :-)Thanks Nikola.I really enjoyed reading this one.

  5. Holly B / Dressedtoread
    December 13, 2018

    On my list! …..I love that there is a Inge. Great review Diana! ❤

    • Diana
      December 16, 2018

      Yeah,loved seeing Inge’s name.Thanks Holly.Hope you’ll enjoy the series when you get the chance to read it.

  6. jennifertarheelreader
    December 13, 2018

    Wow, I definitely need to dig in to this series, Diana! What an endorsement. Wonderful review and so happy you enjoyed and became part of the police team! ♥️

    • Diana
      December 16, 2018

      Thanks Jennifer.If you are ever in the mood for a cop procedural,I reccomend trying out this one.Carol has done a really good job with the series.Its super addictive 🙂

  7. Yvo
    December 13, 2018

    Wonderful review! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the sequel as well.

    • Diana
      December 16, 2018

      Thanks Yvo.Can’t wait for the next book already 🙂

  8. anovelglimpse
    December 13, 2018

    Great review! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying this series. I’m not really into police procedural stuff, but this is good to know in case I have a friend who asks about a book like this.

    • Diana
      December 16, 2018

      Thanks Deanna and yes,I’d definitely reccomend this series to fans of this genre 🙂

  9. ChrissiReads
    December 13, 2018

    Glad that you loved this so much! 🙂 It’s clear you did.

    • Diana
      December 16, 2018

      The series is so good.Thanks Chrissi.

  10. Wonderful review! I love the first book in the series I will need to get this one!

    • Diana
      December 16, 2018

      Thanks Berit.I think you’ll enjoy this one too.The series seems to be getting even better.

  11. Norrie
    December 16, 2018

    Another book (and series) for my list! 😀
    Awesome review 🙂

    • Diana
      December 17, 2018

      Thanks Norrie 🙂

  12. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles
    December 22, 2018

    I really enjoyed it too but I’m struggling to review it!

    • Diana
      January 3, 2019

      I hope you were able to review it eventually 🙂

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