The Dare by Carol Wyer (Book 3 Detective Natalie Ward crime thriller series)

Jane’s daughter is a good girl. But what is she hiding?

When thirteen-year-old Savannah Hopkins doesn’t come straight home from school as she always does, her mother Jane immediately raises the alarm. With her blonde ponytail and red school jumper, someone must have spotted Savannah.

Detective Natalie Ward is determined to help the distraught mother – her own daughter is the same age as Savannah. But before Natalie and her team can get started, their worst fears are confirmed when the teenager’s broken body is found in nearby shrubland.
Evidence points towards a local recluse, but just as Natalie closes the net around him, one of Savannah’s friends, Harriet, is reported missing. Harriet might look grown up and sophisticated but she is only fourteen…
As Natalie delves into the lives of both girls, she soon discovers a sinister video on both their phones, daring the girls to disappear from their families for 48 hours. She’s sure this is the key to the case, but before she can act, Harriet’s body is found discarded on a roadside.
Natalie’s superiors don’t have to put any extra pressure on Natalie. Devastated, she and her team work without sleep, watching that video over and over. But just as she thinks they’re getting close, the person Natalie loves more than anything goes missing.
Natalie is no stranger to loss. She is terrified and the clock is ticking. Can she push through her fear to catch this depraved killer, before her loved one becomes the next victim?

This gripping rollercoaster of a read will have you up in the small hours turning the pages. Fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Caine and Robert Dugoni will love The Dare.

About the author

Carol Wyer is an award-winning author and stand up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping thrillers.

Her book, GRUMPY OLD MENOPAUSE won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.

Carol moved to the ‘dark side’ in 2017 with as series of thrillers. LITTLE GIRL LOST became the #2 best-selling book on Amazon, #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible and a Top 150 USA Today best-seller.

The DI Robyn Carter and DI Natalie Ward series have sold over half a million copies, earning her acclaim as a crime writer.

Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.
To learn more about Carol, go to or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer.
Carol also blogs at
My Thoughts

Carol Wyer iis one of my favourite authors and she shows her versatility in her writing in the third in the Natalie Ward series.

Natalie Ward is a strong character who I have fallen for. She is strong and has so much to give. Over the three books about her I have seen just how much she has grown.

The story is very compelling and deals with a subject that can be very distressing for some. What would any parent do if there child went missing.

Natalie as a parent had her own daughter go missing when she was delving deeper into the case and not really seeing what was happening in her own life.

This is an emotional rollercoaster that I couldn’t put down. I am truly pleased that I am one of those lucky to have been given the opportunity to read this early.

Thank you to Bookouture and Carol Wyer for the advanced reader copy.

One thought on “The Dare by Carol Wyer”

  1. My sincere thanks Sean for this super review. I’m so pleased you enjoyed The Dare and love Natalie… she has a few challenges facing her in the coming books – some pretty sticky ones!
    Thank you to or being part of the tour and sharing the book love. means such a lot to me and as always I am hugely grateful to you.
    Hope you have a good Sunday xx

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