One by one the girls disappeared…
When the frail body of a teenage girl is discovered strangled in a parking lot, shards of ice form in Detective Natalie Ward’s veins. As Natalie looks at the freckles scattered on her cheeks and the pale pink lips tinged with blue, she remembers that this innocent girl is somebody’s daughter…
The girl is identified as missing teenager Amelia Saunders, who has run away from home and her controlling father. Natalie’s heart sinks further when it becomes clear that Amelia has been working on the streets, manipulated by her violent new boyfriend Tommy.
A day later, another vulnerable girl is found strangled on a park bench. Like Amelia, Katie Bray was a runaway with connections to Tommy, and Natalie is determined to find him and track down the monster attacking these scared and lonely girls.
But when a wealthy young woman is found murdered the next morning, the word ‘guilty’ scrawled on her forehead, Natalie realises that the case is more complex than she first thought. Determined to establish a connection between her three victims, Natalie wastes no time in chasing down the evidence, tracing everyone who crossed their paths. Then, a key suspect’s body turns up in the canal, a mole in Natalie’s department leaks vital information and everything seems to be against her. Can Natalie stop this clever and manipulative killer before they strike again?
Detective Natalie Ward is back! I adore this series.
In this case, we have a number of seemingly unconnected murders. The first 2 murders seemed connected but after that, I kept scratching my head as the bodies started piling up. I wasn’t the only one baffled of course. Detective Natalie and her team were equally puzzled and together, we began trying to complete this complex puzzle.
There is a new twist in this installment. Over the last 6 books, readers have come to know Natalie at a professional and personal level. Her character development is one of the best parts of this series. She is a detective that I have always loved and rooted for. The author has also done such a great job in developing all the support characters such that I feel like I really know her entire team and family too. The change of roles for Natalie and her team members had me excited. I wanted to see how it would play out though I was nervous about Natalie not being in a role I was used to seeing her in. Needless to say, it all worked out well in the end and I can’t wait to see what happens next for this team.
This was another complex case where I couldn’t guess who the perpetrator was. I tried to but I was so wrong at every turn. I have always loved how the author presents the cases in a way that we have to work with Natalie’s team and not solve the mystery ahead of them. We interviewed people, collected evidence, chased suspects, attended autopsies, watched CCTV footages, it really wasn’t an easy case. I enjoyed being part of the team. The ending was deliciously unpredictable and satisfying.
This was another emotional case that left me thinking about the perp and the crimes. My country, Kenya was briefly mentioned in the story in a way that reminded me of a special group of Brits who I frequently see around my hometown near Mt. Kenya. This little detail made me appreciate just how well researched Carol Wyer’s books are. She just doesn’t stop at the detailed investigations, all aspects of the case sound so realistic hence making this an even more enjoyable read.
Somebody’s Daughter is yet another great installment in this series. Captivating, suspenseful, well-written, an absoluter stunner of a crime thriller, Detective Natalie Ward series is a must read.