Title: Last Lullaby
Author: Carol Wyer
Publish Date: December 7, 2018
Genre: Mystery – Crime
Series: Detective Natalie Ward #2
My Rating: 4/5
Charlotte’s baby is safe. But is she?
When the body of mother Charlotte Brannon is discovered by her husband Adam, in their bedroom, Detective Natalie Ward is first on the scene. The killer has left a chilling calling card: The word ‘Why?’ written on the wall in blood.
As Natalie begins to delve deeper into the couple’s lives, she discovers that Adam has a dark past he’s been hiding and she’s sure that the Brannon’s teenage babysitter Inge has secrets of her own.
Then another mother is murdered on her doorstep in front of her young son, the word ‘why’ scrawled on the wall next to her.
All the key suspects have alibis and with her own marriage hanging by a thread, Natalie is struggling to stay focused on cracking her toughest case yet.
When a young woman and her baby disappear, a member of Natalie’s own team is put in terrible danger. Can Natalie stop this twisted serial killer and save one of her own before more families are torn apart forever?
A woman’s husband finds her dead body in their home. Detective Natalie Ward is on the scene, and soon begins questioning everyone in the murdered woman’s life. The woman, her husband, and everyone connected to them seems to be keeping secrets. When a second woman’s body is discovered, and connected to the first crime, the field of suspects starts to narrow. Meanwhile, Natalie’s home life with her husband and kids is deteriorating, especially as she spends more time working.
This is the second book in the Detective Natalie Ward series by Carol Wyer. I have read the first book in the series, The Birthday, but this one could be read as a standalone novel. The crime in this novel is completely separate from the crime in the first book, but there are continuing story arcs involving Natalie’s family and work life. For my review of The Birthday, click here.
Well developed and intriguing characters. Dark and gripping story. The mystery is complex enough that it is not obvious who is behind the murder. I love when a story keeps me guessing. Overall, a great read for fans of crime thrillers.
I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.