DI Natalie Ward Series

 
 

The Sleepover

Roxy had a secret. Now she's gone. 
When fourteen-year-old Roxy says she's going for a sleepover at her best friend's house, Cathy sees no reason to check her daughter's story.  The two families are so close, and the girls are in and out of each other's homes every day.  
It turns out to be a decision she will regret. A day later, Roxy is found murdered in exclusive Linnet Lane. Detective Natalie Ward, called in to lead the investigation, is struck by the contrast between the house Roxy grew up in, and the one where her life ended. 
As Natalie begins to look closely at Roxy's family and friends, she soon discovers that this isn't the first time Roxy has gone missing. All the signs point to an unhappy teenager who was hiding a great deal from her family.  Then Roxy's mother Cathy disappears.  
When Cathy's body is discovered close to Linnet Lane, Roxy's toy cat clutched in her arms, Natalie is forced to face the grim fact that they are dealing with a killer with a twisted plan. 
Struggling to join the dots, Natalie wonders if she's missed a vital clue when one of Roxy's classmates is also found murdered.  
Natalie's not frightened of anyone, but the latest victim reminds her of her own son Josh, who is edging towards the wrong side of the tracks. With teenagers like her boy dying, can Natalie solve the case in time to keep Josh safe? Or is he about to make a dangerous new friend?  

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The Dare

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?


This gripping rollercoaster of a read will have you up in the small hours turning the pages.

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Last Lullaby

Charlotte's baby is safe. But is she?
When the body of mother Charlotte Brannon is discovered by her husband Adam, in their bedroom, Detective Natalie Ward is first on the scene. The killer has left a chilling calling card: The word 'Why?' written on the wall in blood.
As Natalie begins to delve deeper into the couple's lives, she discovers that Adam has a dark past he's been hiding and she's sure that the Brannon's teenage babysitter Inge has secrets of her own.
Then another mother is murdered on her doorstep in front of her young son, the word 'why' scrawled on the wall next to her.
All the key suspects have alibis and with her own marriage hanging by a thread, Natalie is struggling to stay focused on cracking her toughest case yet. When a young woman and her baby disappear, a member of Natalie's own team is put in terrible danger. Can Natalie stop this twisted serial killer and save one of her own before more families are torn apart forever?


Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will send shivers down your spine. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

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The Birthday

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 teenagers, this case chills her to the bone, and is a disturbing reminder of the last job she worked on. One that ended very badly.
Natalie soon discovers that Ava's mother has some worrying gaps in her alibi and as she digs deeper, she's sure Ava's father is not telling the full story. And what did the owner of the garden centre Elsa see that day? Something that she's not telling Natalie...
Just as Natalie is facing up to the grim possibility that Ava and Audrey were killed by someone close to home, another little girl from the party doesn't come home from her ballet lesson. Can Natalie find a way to stop this killer before more innocent lives are taken?


Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will send shivers down your spine. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

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