One hot summer's afternoon, five-year-old Ava Sawyer went to a party. She never came home ...When five-year-old Ava Sawyer goes missing from a birthday party at a local garden centre, the police are bewildered by the lack of leads. That is until two years later, when Ava's body is found and another little girl, Audrey Briggs, goes missing. Audrey also attended that party ...Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward. A mother of two teenagers, this case chills her to the bone, and is a disturbing reminder of the last job she worked on. One that ended very badly.Natalie soon discovers that Ava's mother has some worrying gaps in her alibi and as she digs deeper, she's sure Ava's father is not telling the full story. And what did the owner of the garden centre Elsa see that day? Something that she's not telling Natalie ...Just as Natalie is facing up to the grim possibility that Ava and Audrey were killed by someone close to home, another little girl from the party doesn't come h...
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The Birthday Reviews
THE BIRTHDAY (Detective Natalie Ward #1) is a new crime fiction series from author Carol Wyer, featuring Detective Natalie Ward.
A five-year-old girl, Ava Sawyer goes missing at a birthday party held at a local garden center. She never came home!
The police have no leads, until her body is discovered two years later. Shortly after the discovery, another little girl, Audrey Briggs who attended the same party goes missing. Audrey also attended that party ...
Leading the investigation is Detective Nat ...more
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Three words to describe this book – lies, betrayal and deception! Wow this book was certainly a wonderful read!
This was my first book I have read by author Carol Wyer and it was a fabulously written book. I was hooked from the very beginning. A little girl goes missing at a birthday party and nobody has any clue where she is? Wow that right there sucked me into the story line. Where could little Ava have disappeared? Ho ...more
You drop your child off at a birthday party for 5-6 year olds. There are 20 children in all. You never expect when you go back to pick up your child, that one is missing. The one missing is yours.
Ava Sawyer goes missing in 2015 from her friend Harriet's birthday party. Ava tends to be a emotional child that likes to sulk off when not given her way. Unfortunately this time she never comes back. Two long years go by with no other occurrences in this sleepy little town. Until Ava's body is found, ...more
3.75 stars for the crime mystery
Good suspense, but very tragic.
Trigger warning: the victims are small children.
Well-written; maybe slightly anticlimactic toward the end or I expected ‘lauder’ justice.
I don’t see any possible romance. Likable heroine, but with totally real and, IMO, unromantic private life.
(view spoiler)[She cheated on her husband with a married man. Double cheating.
Yeah, her husband was a weak coward, but it doesn’t justify cheating, especially with a married man.
No bright futu ...more
Having felt that Carol Wyer’s Robyn Carter series was already starting to stagnate, I was excited to see that she was releasing a new book, The Birthday, featuring a brand-new character in DI Natalie Ward.
Natalie is a complicated character with a history, and the baggage of an unsolved case and an affair with a fellow colleague. I struggled to empathise with her at times, and also found the scenes of her home life to be dull. I was more interested in the main story of the child abductions and di ...more
I received a free e-copy of The Birthday by Carol Wyer from NetGalley for my honest review.
An intense, heart pounding, edge of your seat thriller that had me pulled in from the very first page. A little girl at a birthday party, who is wearing a yellow dress is missing. Two years later they find the little girl but now other girls that were at the same birthday party are turning up dead. The original investigating officer in the case retired, so the the case falls to DI Natalie Ward. DI Natalie ...more
This is a great start to a new series.
I love the Robyn Carter series and this one looks set to be just as good.
DI Natalie Ward is asked to investigate the discovery of a child’s remains at the back of what used to be a garden centre.
This garden centre also hosted children’s birthday parties, and a few years ago, Ava went missing from one.
Just as Natalie starts looking into this, another body of a young girl is found.
Natalie and the team are puzzled by the way the body has been left and have ...more
Yes I know I said I wouldn’t read another book about a child going missing, as this seems to be a popular genre this year. This book stood out to me screaming to be read and I could not resist!!!
This had a different angle from the “my child has done missing’ storyline. At a children’s birthday party Ava Sawyer goes missing from Uptown Craft Centre. Two years later her body is found but now more girls are disappearing!!
Wow this book drew me in and I was continually changing my mind as to who the ...more