Thursday, April 2, 2020

BLOG TOUR - The Secret Admirer

Today I am quite pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Secret Admirer. 


‘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.


Title:   The Secret Admirer
Author:  Carol Wyer
Genre:   Mystery/Thriller
Publisher:  Detective Natalie Ward #6
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   413
Date of Publication:  April 2, 2020
My Rating:  5 Stars

Carol Wyer set the bar high by leaving readers jaws open and hearts broken in The Blossom Twins, the fifth book in the Detective Natalie Ward series. I have been waiting for this next book with bated breath. Never fear. Ms. Wyer did an exceptional job at matching the tension, nail-biting and heart-stopping drama in The Secret Admirer. 

Natalie has spent three months recovering from an unbearable personal loss. She decides to go back to work and becomes immediately immersed in a case that is bound to give her very sad reminders at every turn. 

Natalie and her team do their best to find the killer of a college student. A note signed “an admirer” was found that proved the young woman was targeted. By whom? Natalie begins interviewing the girls fellow housemates and students. This book does not miss a punch. Gripping from the very start, the intrigue does not stop until the very end.

The deeper Natalie's investigation goes, the more disturbing details are revealed, and one that hits far too close to home. More murders are discovered, and now Natalie’s search intensifies as she must try and find the connection and the culprit. As Natalie works feverishly to prevent more murders, lies and duplicity run fast and hard. Don’t miss this incredible book! If I have any problem with this at all, it would be wondering how I am going to be able to wait for book seven.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

*Reviewer’s note: Although part of a connected series, enough information is given about past events throughout the pages of each story, thus each book can be read as a standalone.


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. 


  1. I honestly can't thank you enough for this absolutely wonderful review, Robin. I read it with an ever-growing smile on my face. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book and even happier that I managed to keep the pace going after 'that' ending in The Blossom Twins. Natalie continues to grow as a character and with book 7 written and ready to join the production line for July, I'm wondering if she and I will ever part company. She has taken up a firm place in my head and heart.
    I am extremely thankful for your generous support and for sharing the book love. You are one of my unsung heroes, without whom, my books would fly under the radar so sincere thanks for reading, reviewing and shouting out yet again about Natalie. x

  2. I am loving the sound of The Secret Admirer. Gripping and suspenseful is what I love in this genre.

  3. This one sounds great! I am definitely going to add it to my TBR!

  4. Series like this usually don’t appeal to me but the plot of this is so intriguing!!

  5. Your review is as good as the book sounds - I'm intrigued

  6. Judging by how many of her books you have loved I really must read her work sometime. Great review.

  7. Amazing review, I am really glad you are fully enjoying this series so far in. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.