The Dare by Carol Wyer | @carolewyer @bookouture

Author : Carol Wyer
Title : The Dare
Series : DI Natalie Ward #3
Pages : 348
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : April 25, 2019


When thirteen-year-old Savannah Hopkins doesn’t come straight home from school, as she always does, her mother Jane immediately raises the alarm. 

Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward whose daughter Leigh is the same age as Savannah. Soon Natalie’s worst fears are confirmed when the teenager’s broken body is found in nearby shrubland. 

Evidence points towards a local recluse, but just as the net is closing around him, one of Savannah’s friends, Harriet, is reported missing. 


I can’t believe we’re already at the third instalment in the DI Natalie Ward series. That Carol Wyer is an insane writing machine!

When thirteen year old Savannah doesn’t return home from school, her mother immediately raises the alarm. A search for the young girl bears no results. Then her body is found near rubbish close to where she lived. As it is obvious this is not where Savannah was killed and there are no DNA clues at all, the investigations into her murder quickly turns into a frustrating one. And then another young teenager goes missing.

Do you know what your kids are up to? The mothers in this story most certainly do not, no matter how close they think they are to their daughters. These days, with all their online presence, things are even more frightening than they used to be. Carol Wyer introduces the topic of online dares in this story, which I’m sure you’ve seen mentioned in newspapers quite often as most don’t end all that well for the participants.

I shared the team’s frustration in this investigation. While there are a few suspects in their sights, there are also quite a lot of dead-ends. I couldn’t figure it out at all and was way off in a completely different direction than the one Carol Wyer herself went. Even the brilliantly written flashback chapters, courtesy of the killer, didn’t give me the tiniest clue as to who I should be focusing on. It is always such a bonus when you’re left guessing until the end.

Of course, we are also offered more glimpses into Natalie’s private life. Her husband David remains a total douchebag and I for one would quite like to see Natalie give him the boot. As it is, their arguments are having an effect on their children. But could one of them end up in danger? And let’s not forget Lucy, who is slowly but surely beginning to steal away the limelight from Natalie in this series. Lucy is incredibly focused, determined and like a dog with a bone. I just really like her and I hope her character continues to grow.

As always, Carol Wyer has delivered another gripping and compelling story. I raced through these pages as if my life depended on it, desperately trying to pick up clues and failing miserably at every turn. The Dare had me absolutely hooked and engrossed and I can’t wait for more!

The Dare is out tomorrow!

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  9 comments for “The Dare by Carol Wyer | @carolewyer @bookouture

  1. April 24, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Eva! You have literally brightened my dull morning with this superb review. I am dancing about here. I was at that stage of pre-release where I chew my nails down to my elbows and now I feel much calmer. I am truly delighted you enjoyed THE DARE. It was such a good book to write and I especially enjoyed those creepy chapters form the killer’s point of view! Thank you for all your support and for your enthusiastic praise for THE DARE. I have bookmarked this page to come back again and smile to myself. XOXO

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 24, 2019 at 12:24 pm

      I’m very pleased I was able to calm your nerves somewhat! I have no doubt The Dare will do well! xx


  2. April 24, 2019 at 11:13 am

    There are some crazy dares out there… running aside a car, who the hell comes up with these things.. I can’t wait to read and find out which dare had such a tragic ending. Wonderful review Eva!

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  3. April 24, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Exciting! I read Carol Wyer’s The Birthday and liked it, but don’t love it enough to really feel the need to continue reading the series. Glad to hear that you liked it, I might give it a try in the future 🙂


  4. Yvo
    April 25, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Fab review! Carol Wyer truly never seems to disappoint… And I can’t believe how fast she’s able to write all those fabulous books either. xD


  5. April 25, 2019 at 6:01 am

    Yayy… I am reading this and I am quite excited and clueless about the perp. I hope to finish it today..
    I gotta get back to it. I can hear the book calling my name 😂❤️ great review


  6. bibliogyan
    April 26, 2019 at 7:42 am

    I have been debating whether to read this book.. probably will after reading your review 😁


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