The Sleepover by Carol Wyer / #Review @Bookouture @CarolEWyer

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?




It had been a while since I read a book by this author and I was happy to meet DI Natalie Ward again. 

She and her team are called when the body of a 14 year old girl Roxy has been found and at the same time we are introduced to a few characters who seem to hide a few things. But does that also means they are killers? What they most certainly are good in is not telling the truth which makes them even more suspicious.

The killer in the meantime does not waste time and when Roxy’s mom is found dead a few days later, Natalie and her crew are struggling to find connections. A lot of people are not prepared to come forward and the police has to dig deep in order to find the culprit.

Natalie works long days and most people would be happy to go home then and relax with their family. Natalie does not really look forward to go home. While she is doing everything she can to solve the cases, she counts on her husband David to look after their home and kids. David though is not doing a very good job and once again it’s Natalie who has to try and keep them together.

How long will she be able to do this? How long is she willing to do this? Is she ready to make a life changing decision or will they try and work it out?

This is a story that keeps you guessing until the last few pages. Not in a million years could I have unraveled this!

This book is not a good book. Oh no. This book is an excellent book. 😉 5 stars‘

Thank you


About the author

USA Today bestselling author and winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer’s crime novels have sold over one million copies and been translated into nine languages.

A move from humour to the ‘dark side’ in 2017, saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in Little Girl Lost and proved that Carol had found her true niche.

February 2021 saw the release of the first in the much-anticipated new series, featuring DI Kate Young. An Eye For An Eye was chosen as a Kindle First Reads and became the #1 bestselling book on Amazon UK and Amazon Australia.

Carol has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’, featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post. She’s also been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television.

She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband Mr. Grumpy… who is very, very grumpy. When she is not plotting devious murders, she can be found performing her comedy routine, Smile While You Still Have Teeth.


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