The Birthday

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 . One hot summer's afternoon, five-year-old Ava Sawyer went to a party. She never came home ... When five-year-old A...

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Title:The Birthday
Author:Carol Wyer
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:B07F4BB3RV
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Birthday Reviews

  • Cheryl
    Sep 02, 2018
    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 ...
  • Selena
    Aug 14, 2018
    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 l...
  • Denise
    Jul 20, 2018
    DI Natalie Ward with the Samford Police Force has a chilling task -- to find the person who murdered 5-year-old Ava Sawyer and buried her behind a garden center 2 years ago. Ava had disappeared during a birthday party and was not found until the center was sold and excavation for expan...
  • Sue
    Nov 09, 2018
    THE BIRTHDAY (Detective Natalie Ward #1) is a new crime fiction series from author Carol Wyer, featuring Detective Natalie Ward. A five-year-old girl, Ava Sawyer goes missing at a birthday party held at a local garden center. She never came home! The police have no leads, until h...
  • Julie
    Aug 09, 2018
    Reviewing for Harlequin Junkie Website 3 stars http://www.harlequinjunkie.com ...
  • Darinda
    Sep 20, 2018
    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 missin...
  • Eva
    Jul 13, 2018
    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 ...
  • sue
    Sep 22, 2018
    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 inte...
  • Book Addict Shaun
    Jul 18, 2018
    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 un...
  • Pat
    Oct 17, 2018
    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...
  • Chloe
    Oct 04, 2018
    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...
  • Amy
    Sep 27, 2018
    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...
  • Sean Peters
    Oct 20, 2018
    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 ...
  • Holly
    Sep 02, 2018
    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 g...
  • Carolyn
    Sep 24, 2018
    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 ...
  • Amanda
    Oct 25, 2018
    Yes I know I said I wouldn?t read another book about a child going missing, as this seems to be a popular genre this year. This book stood out to me screaming to be read and I could not resist!!! This had a different angle from the ?my child has done missing? storyline. At a c...
  • Amanda
    Oct 25, 2018
    Yes I know I said I wouldn?t read another book about a child going missing, as this seems to be a popular genre this year. This book stood out to me screaming to be read and I could not resist!!! This had a different angle from the ?my child has done missing? storyline. At a c...
  • Helga
    Aug 24, 2018
    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 stra...
  • Kat Dietrich
    Sep 26, 2018
    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: D...
  • Mandy White
    Aug 26, 2018
    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 e...
  • Erth
    Dec 12, 2018
    Rather boring to me. I enjoy a bit more suspense, mystery and thrill. This book just didn't do it. ...
  • Michelle
    Sep 27, 2018
    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 ...
  • Berit☀️✨
    Sep 27, 2018
    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,...
  • Lou
    Sep 26, 2018
    '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 centr...
  •  Li'l Owl
    Aug 21, 2018
    A Fast-paced, nerve wracking storyline with a refreshing cast of characters! Elsa?s heart bashed against her ribcage as her breathing quickened. She?d been defusing an argument between the two boys who?d been fighting over the dinosaur during the party. One had accused the oth...
  • Shalini
    Sep 26, 2018
    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 outdo...
  • Alex ♈
    Nov 19, 2018
    3.75 stars for the crime mystery Good suspense, but very tragic. Trigger warning: the victims are small children. Well-written; maybe slightly anticlimactic toward the end or I expected ?lauder? justice. I don?t see any possible romance. Likable heroine, but with tota...
  • Julie Lacey
    Sep 25, 2018
    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?...
  • Kim ~ Traveling Sister ❄️⛄️
    Sep 16, 2018
    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 t...
  • Melissa In The City 🥂
    Nov 26, 2018
    I LOVED The Birthday! I try to keep away from missing murdered children plots but I?m so glad I didn?t miss this one! Crazy, intense, heart pounding, twisted book with a lot of emotions running wild and high. I love DI Natalie and her determination to solve these cases. She remin...