Books on Tour 2nd April 2020
Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Carol Wyer’s new release, The Secret Admirer. Thanks to Kim Nash for inviting me to take part, I’m delighted to do so.
I loved this book, a real tangled web of jealousy and deceit.
Set in a student house, with shared facilities, it was good to learn about each of the housemates. One of them is found dead in very grisly circumstances. I certainly had my suspicions about everyone as the story progressed.
A modern day story with modern problems. Dating apps and social media play a part and I love the digital forensic side of the book. Being a lab technician myself I enjoyed the scientific side with the chemistry aspect and was searching the internet myself when certain chemicals and acids were brought into the story. There really are some deadly substances out there if you so wished to dispose of someone!!
Natalie’s estranged husband David was dragged into the enquiry in a strange twist and I was annoyed at myself at feeling sympathy for him because in the past I’ve really disliked him!
It’s nice to see Natalie’s relationship with Mike Sullivan, head of Forensics at Samford HQ, moving forward. It’s been quite awkward at times being David’s best friend.
I feel there are further tough times to come for Natalie after what goes on in this book…no spoilers here.
Carol sure knows how to write a good page-turner. I was racing through this, desperate to find out the answers. Yet again I will be waiting for the next in the series!
Thanks to Carol Wyer, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the early review copy in which I give my honest opinion.
About the Book
The Secret Admirer is Book 6 in the Detective Natalie Ward gripping crime thriller series by Carol Wyer.
‘I tried to talk to you today but you snubbed me and walked away. It wasn’t wise to give me the brush-off, Gemma. I can be a truly good friend but I also make the perfect enemy.’
Sasha’s eighteen-year-old daughter Gemma was all she had in the world. Sasha fell pregnant with Gemma when she was still at school, and the two are as close as sisters. So when Gemma’s burned and broken body is found, Sasha’s world ends. What kind of person would want her beautiful daughter dead?
Leading the case is Detective Natalie Ward, scarred by her own recent tragedy. When she finds a note in Gemma’s diary from a ‘secret admirer’, she moves quickly, determined to un-mask them. But interviews with Gemma’s devastated ex-boyfriend, and her charismatic teacher, who has been seen embracing his student far away from the classroom, don’t give Natalie the answers she’d hoped for…
And then the case takes a devastating, personal twist. CCTV footage reveals Natalie’s estranged husband David followed Gemma home every evening the week before she died.
Natalie is forced to put personal feelings aside and follow procedure, even though she can’t believe David could be guilty. But when Gemma’s housemate is found murdered, Natalie thinks the killer could still be at large. Is she right to trust her instincts about David and can she discover the truth before another precious life is taken?
Grippingly fast and nail-bitingly tense, The Secret Admirer will have you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.
Publication Date: 2nd April 2020
Amazon UK: The Secret Admirer
About the Author
Winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer is an award-winning author and stand up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping crime fiction.
A move to the ‘dark side’ in 2017, saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in LITTLE GIRL LOST, the #2 best-selling book on Amazon, #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible and Top 150 USA Today best-seller.
A second series featuring DI Natalie Ward quickly followed and to date her crime novels have sold over 600,000 copies and been translated for various overseas markets, including Norwegian, Italian, Turkish, Hungarian Slovak, Czech and Polish.
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.
She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband Mr Grumpy… who is very, very grumpy.