Today I am so thrilled to be sharing my review on the blog tour for The Secret Admirer by Carol Wyer. This was released on the 2nd of April published by Bookouture.
The Secret Admirer by Carol Wyer
Release Date: 2nd of April 2020
Print Length: 370 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
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‘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.
I still haven’t fully recovered from the events in book five, The Blossom Twins and I don’t think I ever will, as it was that powerful, but I am so glad that Carol didn’t make us wait too long for The Secret Admirer. I couldn’t wait to dive in and when it arrived I couldn’t finish the book I was reading at the time quick enough so I could get stuck into it. My sincerest apologies go out to that author! But it’s Carol Wyer so I am sure they would understand…
I do have to be completely honest though and say I was a bit concerned to see if the dynamics of the series would change after what occurred in The Blossom Twins, but I had nothing to worry about and Carol put my mind at ease very quickly. It is rare that an author is able to make such a significant change to the characters and storyline without sending the story off the rails. This just proves how talented an author Carol is, she has skilfully taken the story from a place that there seemed no return from and delivered another great novel.
It was good to be with Natalie again to see how she has been coping and I will admit the tears were flowing as Carol took us back over how the last three months have affected her. With the way she has been written, which is so vividly, I just wanted to wrap my arms around her and hug her tight. But true to form, she is a fighter and picks herself back up as well as she can and gets back into her work to try and move on.
Her first case back is a tough one when the body of eighteen-year-old Gemma is found murdered in the most horrific of ways. Having to break the news to Gemma’s mother Sasha is nothing short of gut-wrenching, especially with what Natalie has recently been through, but it drives Natalie to get justice for Sasha and Gemma. With little evidence to go on, Natalie and her team have their work cut out for them and when one of Gemma’s roommates is murdered, things take a dramatic turn as Natalie’s ex-husband becomes a suspect.
I have to say that when I am reviewing a Natalie Ward book when it comes to talking about the characters, I really don’t talk about David at all. Admittedly he isn’t my favourite character, but in this book, he just breaks your heart. The emotion that emanates from him is so raw and at times it was hard to read, but it did make me see him in a different light. I really liked the character of Sasha and think she would be a great fit as a friend of Natalie’s and would love to see more of her in future books, to help each other in their grief.
As always Carol’s writing is flawless and she does such a great job with well-researched plots and with her characters. The Secret Admirer is a fast-paced read that gets you in its clutches and does not let you go until the thrilling conclusion. I can’t wait now for book seven and what I read in the acknowledgements has me very curious of what’s to come, to quote Carol “I’m afraid there are more problems and shocks to come in the next book” Arrgghh we need this next book stat!
For those that read my reviews, it will come as no shock as to what I am about to say. I absolutely adore this series and Carol as an author and everything she brings to The Secret Admirer makes for another fabulous read and a great addition to the series. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review The Secret Admirer which I can’t recommend highly enough.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Carol Wyer for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Secret Admirer which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to NetGalley, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia, Amazon US, Barnes and Noble & Waterstones. As I am from Australia, unfortunately, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
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Let’s Get to Know Carol
Carol Wyer garnered a loyal following as an author of romantic comedies and won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015). In 2017 she stepped from comedy to the “dark side” and embarked on a series of thrillers, featuring the popular DI Robyn Carter, which earned her recognition as a crime writer.
The Staffordshire-based writer now has more crime novels in the pipeline, although she can still sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.
She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband Mr Grumpy… who is very, very grumpy.
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