The Dare - Carol Wyer

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Official Blurb:

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?

My Thoughts:

It was really fantastic to dive back into Natalie Ward’s crime world once again. I only read the other two books at the beginning of March, but it feels like ages ago and I’ve been chomping at the bit to read this one but time kept running away with me. I was determined to get it read before the end of the month, though, and I’m so glad I did.
Like I said in the second book, it was like revisiting family. Not a lot of time has passed by, just a couple of weeks, so we haven’t missed out on much of Natalie, Lucy, Ian and Murray’s world. It was good to have little snippets of familiarity thrown in, so you really feel like you know them. The crimes taking place did echo those from the first book ‘The Birthday’, a little, whereby a child is killed, and then another and then…
The background story was very different, but the book had a very similar pattern. We still get to go along for the ride of learning the evidence at the same time as the police officers. We are given a little insight into the killer’s mind but not enough to give anything away. I did guess the perpetrator in this book which I hadn’t managed for books one and two, so it wasn’t so much of a shock for me. I think it was the pattern used in the two other books that helped me along the way with this. So I would have liked a more significant twist.
Saying that, though, it didn’t stop me from completely enjoying this book. I couldn’t put it down as I wanted to know the outcome. I really liked the ‘dare’ aspect as it is easy to see how this could become a reality with all the silly challenges that teenagers must feel pressure to partake in. This book is certainly a precautionary tale!

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The Dare
by Carol Wyer
Date Started
29th March 2019
Date Finished
30th March 2019
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