The Birthday (Detective Natalie Ward, #1) by Carol Wyer

The Birthday (Detective Natalie Ward, #1)

One hot summer's afternoon, five-year-old Ava Sawyer went to a party. She never came home ...When five-year-old Ava Sawyer goes missing from a birthday party at a local garden centre, the police are bewildered by the lack of leads. That is until two years later, when Ava's body is found and another little girl, Audrey Briggs, goes missing. Audrey also attended that party ...Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward. A mother of two teen...

Details The Birthday (Detective Natalie Ward, #1)

TitleThe Birthday (Detective Natalie Ward, #1)
Release DateSep 27th, 2018
GenreMystery, Thriller, Crime

Reviews The Birthday (Detective Natalie Ward, #1)

  • Berit☀️✨
    A birthday party, a yellow dress, a missing child....Carol Wyer sure can suck you into an investigation.... I truly am the ultimate armchair detective (even though I generally read on my couch or in my bed)... some authors do a better job than others in drawing you into the story, making you feel part of it, and I think miss Wyer does an exceptional job of this... there is just something about her characters that breaks down the Barrier between t...
  • sue
    A new series begins by the author Carol Wyer featuring Detective Natalie Ward. (I like the Ward bit! My surname)A fiesty woman who has a past of not being fast enough in another series to save a child from a tragedy. This time it stays with her, drives her and could definitely interfere with her progress in this case if it weren’t for Michael. Her colleague, friend and one night of drunken mishap. Being a DI is hard work, it’s time consuming ...
  • Helga
    5 year old Ava Sawyer disappears at a birthday party held at a garden center. 2 years later her body is found in the grounds of the center still clad in her yellow party dress.Then 7 year old Audrey Briggs, one of Ava’s classmates who was also present at the birthday party, is strangled to death, wearing almost an identical yellow dress Ava was wearing. Are the two murders connected? Is someone targeting the children who attended that fateful b...
  • Carolyn
    This is the first in a new series from Carol Wyer featuring DI Natalie Ward. Not long after she transferred to a new purpose built criminal investigation hub in north Staffordshire, the body of a young child is found during excavation work next to a garden and craft centre and Natalie is asked to head the investigation. The body was identified as that of five year old Ava Sawyer who disappeared from her friend Harriet's birthday party at the gard...
  • Amy
    I am such a huge fan of Wyer’s work and when I heard she was starting a new crime series I couldn’t wait to start it. Something about her style of writing combined with her original and gripping storylines always sucks me in right away and this was no exception, it’s an extremely strong start to a new detective series that I cannot wait to read more of.Oftentimes I find that the start of a series can be a bit tedious as the author is trying...
  • Mandy White
    YAY - a new detective series from Carol Wyer!! And it is so good!! I am a big fan of this author and couldn't wait to read this - and I am already looking forward to book 2 in the series. New to the area we meet Detective Natalie Ward - mother of 2 teenagers. Her last case didn't end well and she has moved to a new station in the hopes of putting it all behind her. Her first case comes along when the body of a young girl is found buried on a buil...
  • Darinda
    A five-year-old girl goes missing at a birthday party. There are no leads, until her body is discovered two years later. Shortly after the discovery, other girls who attended the same party go missing. A new detective is especially interested in solving this case, since her last missing child case did not end well. The first book in a new crime fiction series. Detective Natalie Ward is lead investigator of the case. She's a wife and mother dealin...
  • Sean Peters
    One hot summer’s afternoon, five-year-old Ava Sawyer went to a party. She never came home… Two years later, Ava’s body is found and another little girl, Audrey Briggs, goes missing. Audrey also attended that party …Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward. A mother of two teenagers, this case chills her to the bone, and is a disturbing reminder of the last job she worked on. One that still keeps her awake at night… Natalie is...
  • Kim
    You drop your child off at a birthday party for 5-6 year olds. There are 20 children in all. You never expect when you go back to pick up your child, that one is missing. The one missing is yours. Ava Sawyer goes missing in 2015 from her friend Harriet's birthday party. Ava tends to be a emotional child that likes to sulk off when not given her way. Unfortunately this time she never comes back. Two long years go by with no other occurrences in th...
  • Chloe
    Detective Natalie Ward has moved to a new station in hopes of forgetting her old case where she and her team were not able to save a 13 year old. Her first case comes along when the body of 5 year old Ava Sawyer was found who went missing 2 years back from a birthday party. Natalie and her team are trying to find the killer when two more girls who attended the party ends up missing , now instead of a cold case it's a race against time to find the...
  • Selena
    I received a free e-copy of The Birthday by Carol Wyer from NetGalley for my honest review.An intense, heart pounding, edge of your seat thriller that had me pulled in from the very first page. A little girl at a birthday party, who is wearing a yellow dress is missing. Two years later they find the little girl but now other girls that were at the same birthday party are turning up dead. The original investigating officer in the case retired, so ...
  • Lou
    'The Birthday' is the first book in bestselling and award-winning author Carol Wyer's DI Natalie Ward series set in and around Staffordshire. The fundamentals of the story surround the disappearance of young Ava Sawyer whilst she was attending a birthday party at the local garden centre. At five years old she's hardly fit to be out alone. When her body is discovered two years later, DI Natalie Ward and her team are called in to investigate. Then ...
  • Holly
    Ok, so its official--Carol Wyer is a must-read for me!! I love her DI Robyn Carter series, so I was thrilled to see that she started a new one. Judging by the first book, I know I'm going to love this series as well.This one begins with a birthday party for kids when a young girl goes missing, she's never found. Flash forward two years and the bones of a child is discovered. This starts a new killing spree that sees children being killed. In come...
  • Eva
    Having been a massive fan of Carol Wyer’s other series centred around Robin Carter, I was slightly wary about her tackling a new crime fiction police procedural. Not because of her writing, which I knew would be brilliant, but because of meeting new characters and wondering if I’d even like them after becoming so invested in Robin and her team.Silly me.Five year old Ava Sawyer goes missing from a birthday party at a garden centre. Despite an ...
  • Book Addict Shaun
    Having felt that Carol Wyer’s Robyn Carter series was already starting to stagnate, I was excited to see that she was releasing a new book, The Birthday, featuring a brand-new character in DI Natalie Ward.Natalie is a complicated character with a history, and the baggage of an unsolved case and an affair with a fellow colleague. I struggled to empathise with her at times, and also found the scenes of her home life to be dull. I was more interes...
  • Julie
    Reviewing for Harlequin Junkie Website3 stars
  • Shalini
    Carol Wyer has done it again!! After Robyn Carter, she has come out with another brilliant main character, Detective Natalie Ward. Carol's investigative writing is as superlative in this book as her others. The story starts with the disappearance of a child Ava Sawyer from an outdoor birthday party in 2015 whose bones are found 2 years later. And soon other children start disappearing, and their bodies are found wearing yellow party dresses. Dete...
  • Pat
    I really enjoyed Carol Wyer's Robyn Carter series. This book is the first in a new series featuring DI Natalie Ward. The story was really, really good and had so much potential. Unfortunately the delivery seemed a bit flat to me. There was just little sense of drama or tension or spark.In 2015 five year old Ava disappears from a birthday party at a garden and craft centre never to be seen again. Two years later her bones are uncovered during exca...
  • Kat Dietrich
    The Birthday by Carol Wyer is the 1st in the new Natalie Ward detective series.First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.My Synopsis: DI Natalie Ward and her team are trying to find a serial killer who seems fixated on little girls who had attended a birthday party at a garden center two years ago. At that p...
  • Michelle
    Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...Three words to describe this book – lies, betrayal and deception! Wow this book was certainly a wonderful read!This was my first book I have read by author Carol Wyer and it was a fabulously written book. I was hooked from the very beginning. A little girl goes missing at a birthday party and nobody has any clue where she is? Wow that right there sucked me into the sto...
  • Julie Lacey
    This is a great start to a new series. I love the Robyn Carter series and this one looks set to be just as good. DI Natalie Ward is asked to investigate the discovery of a child’s remains at the back of what used to be a garden centre. This garden centre also hosted children’s birthday parties, and a few years ago, Ava went missing from one. Just as Natalie starts looking into this, another body of a young girl is found. Natalie and the team ...
  • Yellagirlgc
    Ava Sawyer goes missing at a classmates birthday party while wearing a yellow party dress. Two years later other classmates begin to be killed. DI Natalie Ward has a past case that haunts her and she's willing to do almost anything to find this killer.Everyone was a suspect and it just seemed to take too long to find the killer. At some point a little more than halfway through it got to be an okay read and dragged on too long.
  • Maggie
    Ava Sawyer went to a birthday party held at the local craft centre/farm but she never came home. At some point in the party it was noticed that one of the twenty children was missing. Extensive searches were fruitless, she had disappeared without trace. Fast forward two years and when there is building work going on at the site a body is unearthed.DI Natalie Ward has just arrived in the area. She has a new team, keen and dedicated she is trying t...
  • Els
    Best not to let your children out of your sight ...My second book by this author and I just love the way she can keep you glued to the pages of her books. In this story the emotions pile so high you need a ladder to get over them. A murder case is never good but when kids are involved, I even feel more involved and my heartstrings are under an even greater duress.This story is fast paced and well written and I like the way it is structured. We ge...
  • Sheila
    It’s an excellent gripping start to a brand new series. Joining the dots on this case proves tricky and frustrating for DI Natalie Ward and her team. When Ava Sawyer goes missing during a party at a Garden Centre, it is two years before her body turns up and acts as the catalyst for further murders with differing MO’s. The team are so far off target. None of the suspects has a motive. Not for the first time I’ve speculated how a missing chi...
  • Cheryl
    Sadly, this book did nothing for me. Detective Natalie Ward is one of those characters that is flawed. She has personal issues that a little bit creep into her work life; yet she does try her hardest to find that balance. I wanted to point this out as I do like "flawed" characters. It shows they are vulnerable and can make them more relatable as well. Which Natalie was for me. Yet, my issue was not with her but more about the story as a whole pac...
  • Robin Taylor
    See all of my reviews on my blog at In The Birthday, Book One of an exciting new series, Detective Natalie Ward has the unenviable task of trying to solve the murder of 5-year-old Ava Sawyer. Ava went missing at a birthday party two years ago. Her body was just discovered at a building site. Soon after, the body of another little girl is found. Natalie and her dedicated team must act quickly to stop any more of ...
  • Kat
    I have been reading and loving Carol Wyer other series with DI Robyn Carter so I was thrilled when getting a chance to read this new start to a series with DI Natalie Ward at the helm. It was brilliant and I really enjoyed reading it and hope that we see more of Natalie soon. Wonderful writing as always by Carol and highly recommended..4+ stars
  • Joyce
    4 and 1 / 2 starsFive-year old Ava disappears on a trip to a garden center/petting zoo to celebrate a classmates’ birthday. Two years later, her remains are found behind the garden center building. Soon, one after another, Ava’s classmates start disappearing and turn up dead. They all shared the same school, the same dance class and many of them hung out at the same pool. The team has too many suspects and much time is spent chasing down thei...