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Charlotte’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?
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.