Friday, April 26, 2019

BLOG TOUR - The Dare

Today is my day for the Blog Tour for The Dare by Carol Wyer.


Jane’s daughter is a good girl. What is she hiding? 

When thirteen-year-old Savannah Hopkins doesn’t come straight home from school, as she always does, her mother Jane immediately raises the alarm. 

Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward whose daughter Leigh is the same age as Savannah. Soon Natalie’s worst fears are confirmed when the teenager’s broken body is found in nearby shrubland. 

Evidence points towards a local recluse, but just as the net is closing around him, one of Savannah’s friends, Harriet, is reported missing. 

As Natalie delves into the lives of both girls, she soon discovers a sinister video on their phones, daring the girls to disappear from their families for 48 hours. 

But Natalie isn’t quick enough for this killer, and she is devastated to find Harriet’s body on a fly tip a day later. 

Caught up in the case, she takes her eye off her own daughter and when Leigh goes missing after school she knows she must be in terrible danger. The clock is ticking for Natalie. Can she catch this killer before her little girl becomes the next victim? 

This gripping rollercoaster of a read will have you up in the small hours turning the pages. Fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Caine and Robert Dugoni will love The Dare. 

Link to purchase the book


Title:   The Dare
Author:  Carol Wyer
Series:  Detective Natalie Ward #3
Genre:  Mystery/Thrillers
Publisher:   Bookouture
Format:  Kindle ARC
Date of Publication:  April 25, 2019
My Rating:  5 Stars

One afternoon, Jane Hopkin's daughter Savannah didn't come home from school. Jane takes immediate action, including phoning her friends. Sadly Savannah's body is discovered. The missing teen becomes DI Natalie Ward's case. This is especially hard for Natalie. For starters, she has a daughter, Leigh, the exact age, so that alone makes the case difficult. Also, Natalie has had other arduous cases involving the death of children. Also, Natalie's marriage is quite strained, so that doesn't help things considering the time and attention she must place on this case.

Natalie begins her investigation and questions several potential suspects, to the point when she is fairly certain that one particular person could be responsible. However, in just a day, another teen girl goes missing. Did they know one another? Are their cases connected? To make matters worse, the unimaginable happens in Natalie's own family.  

The story is mostly told by Natalie's point of view. However, there is another view in the story, that of the killer, and of their plans to harm other girls. And, after the second girl disappears, a very brief, but horrifying video is discovered. This alerts Natalie and her team to a morbid website referring to the Disappear Dare. This is a very dangerous social media challenge where a teen agrees to go off grid for a short time. Could Savannah and the other missing girl, Harriet, have been playing that game?

The Dare is the third compelling story in the DI Natalie Ward series. It is quite a remarkable read, affecting on many levels. I have read most of Carol Wyer's books and each time I pick one up I find them to be utterly thrilling. I read this exceptional book in one sitting. I simply could not put it down. I was hanging on the edge of my seat as this book reached a crescendo. I definitely cannot wait for the next book in the series.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Carol Wyer is an award-winning author and stand up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping thrillers.

Her book, GRUMPY OLD MENOPAUSE won The People's Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.

Carol moved to the ‘dark side’ in 2017 with as series of thrillers. LITTLE GIRL LOST became the #2 best-selling book on Amazon, #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible and a Top 150 USA Today best-seller.

The DI Robyn Carter and DI Natalie Ward series have sold over half a million copies, earning her acclaim as a crime writer.

Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ''Irritable Male Syndrome' and 'Ageing Disgracefully' and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines 'Woman's Weekly' featured in 'Take A Break', 'Choice', 'Yours' and 'Woman's Own' magazines and the Huffington Post.

To learn more about Carol, go to or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer.

Carol also blogs at


  1. I love books like this. I might need to check this one out.

    1. Thank you, Megan.... I hope you do and you enjoy it x

  2. This sounds brilliant. Thanks for sharing.
    Gemma @ Gemma's Book Nook

  3. This sounds divine - sadly I was rejected by Netgallery for this one waaaaaa!

  4. Robin! I made it onto your blog at last thanks to some help from a lovely person Twitter!
    I love this review and am so pleased you enjoyed the book. I found researching for the book gripping and I found myself holding my breath at certain points while writing! I also loved writing about the relationships between teenagers and their parents and Natalie, of course. There are more books to come. Book 4 is written and will be out September 5th and I'm currently writing Book 5 which will be out in December. 6th.. There'll be more Natalie, more cases and more creepy, scary killers who lurk in the recesses of my mind and terrify me. My sincere thanks for brightening a horrid wet and windy day and for being part of the tour. I love your reviews - all of them. xx

    1. Wow Carol! What lovely comments! Oh I am so glad that there are more books coming out. Crappy, maybe, but excellent content. xx

  5. What a fab review. The book sounds amazing. I will have to add it to my TBR list.

    1. Oh, definitely hope you can get to read it one day!