Oh I do love a Carol Wyer novel, and I am delighted to be reviewing her latest one, ‘The Sleepover’, as part of the blog tour organised by Bookouture. Many thanks to the publisher for inviting me to take part, and for the ARC as well. Here is my review:
She said she’d gone to a sleepover. But she never made it. Someone must know why…
When Detective Natalie Ward is called to the home of fourteen-year-old Roxy Curtis she can’t help but empathise with Roxy’s distraught mother Cathy. Roxy hasn’t come home, last seen heading next door for a sleepover with her best friend Ellie. As the mother of two teenagers herself, Natalie knows that this is every parent’s worst nightmare.
But when Roxy’s body is found in the basement of a beautiful Victorian mansion on the other side of town, Natalie’s darkest fears are confirmed. What was Roxy doing there? The people who knew her best should know – but Cathy seems evasive, and Ellie refuses to talk. Natalie is determined to find out what secrets they are keeping…
Then Roxy’s mother Cathy disappears.
When her body is found two days later, Natalie is forced to face the fact that Roxy’s loved ones are in real danger. Things take a more sinister turn when Ellie vanishes, her mobile phone switched off. Is Ellie hiding something about the night Roxy died that could put her in terrible danger? And can Natalie work it out before another innocent life is taken?
What does TWG think?
OH MY GOOD GOD! WHAT THE FRIED EGGS DID I JUST READ?!?!?!
Can I just tell you all to go and buy ‘The Sleepover’ like, right this second? Just when I thought that Carol Wyer couldn’t get any better, she goes and knocks the ball WAY out of the park by writing a novel which made me want to go and hide out on a cloud with Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony! Honestly! If you’re after suspense, this book has it. If you’re after a twisted read that is full of red herrings, dead ends, and uncertainty – this book has it. If you’re after a main character who knows how to kick ass whilst still being a well respected Detective, then Natalie Ward is your gal. If you’re after a book which leaves you wanting more and shouting ‘NOOOO’ when the book ends, then ‘The Sleepover’ should definitely be your next read.
Roxy told her mum that she was going for a sleepover; a sleepover which her friend knew nothing about. Why did Roxy lie? Where did she go? When the police are called to a situation over the other side of town, Roxy’s whereabouts are confirmed, however not in a good way. Detective Natalie Ward and her team are on the case, but if they thought that it would just stop with Roxy, they are about to be seriously mistaken.
There are quite a few cactus characters in this book! The type of characters who, if they were on Tinder, would even have rats swiping left instead of right. Why couldn’t they just do as they’re bloody told?!
As I’ve already said, I thought ‘The Sleepover’ was a bloody awesome read. I had an inkling who was ‘it’ so to speak, but seeing as the author likes to stick red herrings in her books and make her readers feel as though they’re losing the plot, I wasn’t entirely convinced by my train of thought.
Yes, I kicked myself when I appeared to be right! That never happens! Seriously though, the entire book was very cleverly thought out, and as much as I jest about losing the plot, the psychological side to the storyline was brilliant! Somewhat unnerving mind!
Natalie Ward has come up trumps once again and I cannot WAIT to see what is in store for her next! Carol Wyer is an absolute genius who has a mind I can only guess as to what the heck goes on in it – holy cheeseballs my nerves are fried!
An outstanding, twisted novel that had me shouting ‘OH MY FUDGING GOODNESS’ more times than I could count.