The Blossom Twins - Carol Wyer

Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley

Official Blurb:

Their parents thought they were hiding…
One beautiful summer’s evening, thirteen-year-old twins Ivy and Erin Westmore snuggle down in a tent in their back garden, giggling and sharing secrets.
When their mother goes to wake the girls the next morning, their tent is empty.
The alarm is raised and Detective Natalie Ward is put onto the case. When the twins’ bodies are discovered on nearby marshland, covered with deep pink petals, an icy shiver travels down Natalie’s spine. Everything about the girls’ deaths reminds her of a horrifying case she worked on earlier in her career, which saw a killer of the worst kind placed behind bars.
The next day, that feeling is heightened when she receives a chilling note saying ‘I’m back’. Is this killer a copycat or did Natalie put the wrong person in prison all those years ago? In a small town, where no stranger goes unnoticed, what is Natalie missing?
Consumed by the case, determined to prevent more deaths, Natalie misses the fact that it is her attention the killer wants. And to get it, he has his sights set firmly on her precious daughter Leigh…

My Thoughts:

When I get a NetGalley request approved I usually try and wait to read it until nearer the publish date. This is so that I can get on the promotional bandwagon and help the author out as much as possible. However, when I got my approval for ‘The Blossom Twins’ I deliberated for approximately two seconds and decided I couldn’t wait! I know I’m always in for a treat and a fantastic read when in DI Natalie Ward’s world, so why deny myself the chance to read this NOW! (I will still promote this closer to release date, though, don’t worry!)
Well, to the book itself, I’m not sure what words will do it justice. I tweeted Carol Wyer the moment I finished to let her know she’d broken me and that I was heartbroken. I needed to tell someone, I know it’s just a book, but when reading the ending, it felt more than that. I still feel emotional over 12 hours later.
In my review for the fourth book, I said that was the best, well that was then! This is now the best of the best, and I think it is even making my top five books for the year!
The investigation is once again fast-paced, and we are along for the ride for every part of it. That’s what I love about these books we are in the trenches with the detectives. We find out what they know as they do. However, there was a little bonus for being the reader during ‘The Blossom Twins’. We were getting to see inside the killer’s head, so for a moment, we are actually ahead of the detectives. I found myself willing them on to uncover what I knew!
Along with the investigation, Natalie’s home life is creeping more and more into the story climaxing what has been building up over the last four books. When I first read book one, I wasn’t 100% sure about following her personal life as it seemed irrelevant. However, I have read all of the books this year in quite a quick concession, and that intimate element has really worked and come together nicely. It is this fondness I have developed for the character that broke me towards the end; I’m even welling up as I am writing this.
Carol Wyer wrote the most perfect yet poignant ending to this story I wouldn’t have wanted it to go any other way even though it has hollowed me out and left me devastated. I am glad there are more books to come, and I am waiting very impatiently! I’m glad I didn’t wait to read this one, but it does mean I have longer until the next instalment, oh well!
If I could give this more than five stars, I would, absolutely brilliant, shocking, gripping and just perfect!

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The Blossom Twins
by Carol Wyer
Date Started
10th October 2019
Date Finished
12th October 2019
Rating
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