Thursday, 2 April 2020

The Secret Admirer by Carol Wyer - Books On Tour Review

‘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.  

My Review 

This series is just going from strength to strength! After the last book I was wondering where the series was going to go, and after reading The Secret Admirer I am even more in love with the story.
Carol Wyer is extremely talented when it comes to writing this genre and I absolutely loved spending time reading about Natalie and her team. I feel like I know them all and care about what happens to them. 
After the last book Natalie is still recovering but she is determined to get back to work and try to re build her life. So when a series of murders occur she is adamant she is going to find the culprit.
The Secret Admirer has a big array of characters, some likeable, some not so much! Carol Wyer brings them all together to create an excellent plot and sets scenes that made me not want this book to end.
I cant wait to find out what happens next for Natalie and I am super excited to read more of the talented Carol Wyer's writing.

Author Bio

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. 

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1 comment

  1. Having read your wonderful review I want to hug you, Emma! I think, because I pour so much into the books and into every character, I get really excited when a reader loves them as much as I do. Poor Natalie, eh? I am astounded by her resilience and pragmatism - she is nothing like me. I'd have crumbled ages ago! Thank you for giving me a good reason to smile today and for taking part in the book tour and for sharing the book love. You are one of my unsung heroes without whom my books would never be purchased. xoxo


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