Somebody’s Daughter by Carol Wyer
Publishing: July 9, 2020 by Bookouture
Previous Book in the Series: #6 – The Secret Admirer
Reason(s) I Chose to Read this Book: 1. Love the author 2. Series installment.
Somebody’s Daughter by Carol Wyer is the seventh in the Detective Natalie Ward series.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Series Background: (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books)
DI Natalie Ward is a strong female detective, who has had a rough time. Her husband’s gambling and lies finally destroyed their marriage, but the loss of their daughter was the final straw. Things are finally settling down now that she’s back at work. Natalie’s team consists of: Lucy Carmichael, Murray Anderson and Ian Jarvis. Her boss is Dan Trasker, and she is in love with Mike Sullivan, her husband’s one-time best friend.
My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
A lot of has changed for Natalie. She is now a DCI, has moved in with Mike Sullivan (Head of Forensics), and she and her ex-husband David are now on speaking terms. Her biggest problem is getting Mike’s 7-year old daughter to like her.
Lucy has now become a DI, and is leading the team (under Natalie). When the body of a young girl is found, and then another, both showing signs that they were prostitutes, the race is on to find the unknown “Tommy” who knew them both. But then other bodies turn up, and their connection to Tommy is questionable. Are they dealing with two murderers, or is there something they can’t see. Lucy suddenly doesn’t feel qualified, and it is all that Natalie can do to assure her, and everyone else, that she is.
Meanwhile, a voice from Natalie’s past reaches out, but she may not be ready to handle that yet.
This was interesting, as the author has put Natalie in a more supervisory role, and Lucy has stepped up to manage day-to-day activities. Their personal lives continue to evolve within the books, giving the characters more depth.
The plot was interesting, and a little complicated, which is always good. It seemed so straight-forward….until it wasn’t. The writing, as always is good, and the pace fine.
One of the topics of the book deals with homelessness and teenagers, and I felt the author had a good look at why this can happen, and how devastating it can be. As well, the book looked at mental illness and how one horrific act can result in a lifetime of misery if it isn’t dealt with at the time. In one way, it was so sad. In another, there was a perpetrator who didn’t get what he deserved, and I wish this had not been left out.
This series really needs to be read in order, as there is a lot of background that is needed to really get the feel of the characters.
Overall, this series is a must for those who like police procedurals.
Read: June, 2020
Favourite Quotes from Somebody’s Child:
“He understands. Everyone has a coping mechanism, and denial is her way of getting through this ordeal.”
“Did you know, DI Carmichael, there are thousands of people who are controlled by others who are mentally stronger, craftier, nastier and more manipulative? Those people don’t play fair, and one way or another, they imprison their victims.”
About The Author: Carol Wyer is a British author who has taught English and French. She started out writing childrens books, moved on to humor, and now is writing thrillers. She has a best-selling series starring DI Robyn Carter, and has now this second Detective Natalie Ward series. Check out her website at https://www.carolwyer.co.uk
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I have also reviewed this book on GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3432544197