She said she’d gone to a sleepover. But she never made it. Someone must know why…

When Detective Natalie Ward is called to the home of fourteen-year-old Roxy Curtis she can’t help but empathise with Roxy’s distraught mother Cathy. Roxy hasn’t come home, last seen heading next door for a sleepover with her best friend Ellie. As the mother of two teenagers herself, Natalie knows that this is every parent’s worst nightmare.

But when Roxy’s body is found in the basement of a beautiful Victorian mansion on the other side of town, Natalie’s darkest fears are confirmed. What was Roxy doing there? The people who knew her best should know – but Cathy seems evasive, and Ellie refuses to talk. Natalie is determined to find out what secrets they are keeping…

Then Roxy’s mother Cathy disappears.
When her body is found two days later, Natalie is forced to face the fact that Roxy’s loved ones are in real danger. Things take a more sinister turn when Ellie vanishes, her mobile phone switched off. Is Ellie hiding something about the night Roxy died that could put her in terrible danger? And can Natalie work it out before another innocent life is taken?

Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will keep you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

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.
2019 sees the release of two romantic comedies and three DI Natalie Ward novels, including the much anticipated THE DARE and THE SLEEPOVER.
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

The start of this book had goosebumps up my arms. It was full of powerful imagery and emotion.

As soon as you delve into the start of Natalie ward chapter you realize that there are lots of issues tied to this wonderful character. She has trust issues which is hard to move past. She is also feisty and doesn’t always play well with others

There are parts in the book that makes me a bit annoyed especially with the husband of Natalie. He has everything and has really messed things up and now you see Natalie is more harsh and seems somewhat distracted.

I think this is the best yet from this series since it has such great story. What I really like is the family issues that you see with this. They don’t have the perfect family life and it seems that a lot of bad things happen and for no apparent reason other than addictions.

Natalie is fast becoming a favourite as her fiery personality and her penchant for getting into trouble seem like perfectly great traits.

This story was also hard as it deals with youth who haven’t had the chance to really experience the finer things in life. It is a harsh reality that gets you to view the world without the rose coloured glasses.

I really dislike Natalie’s husband as he seems to just be an asshole who doesn’t really understand what his actions have caused. Cause and effect are multiplied when dealing with Natalie as she seems to have a past that hasn’t been really explored fully.

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