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Last Lullaby

Detective Natalie Ward, Book 2
Narrated by: Diana Croft
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (161 ratings)

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Summary

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 Brannons' 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.

©2018 Carol Wyer (P)2018 Bookouture

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Chilling detective thriller

This is the second book in the Detective Natalie Ward series and again I've been shocked (in a good way) by how unflinching the author is when it comes to writing brutal and realistic crimes. She avoids all of the coy euphemisms that normally irritate me in crime thrillers and doesn't shy away from the violent reality of murder.


Wyer's writing style really appeals to me - most of our time is spent in the mind of Detective Natalie Ward (which is only fair, given that this is her series!). She's a very likable main character - practically minded, intelligent, good at her job and trying her best to maintain a work-life balance when it's impossible to do so with an emotionally difficult job and a family with their own needs at home. I found myself becoming increasingly attached to her in this book, she's the perfect character to carry this series forward.

The crimes in this book are well written and investigated, the pacing is perfect and it really feels like you're part of the investigation and learning the facts as the police do - letting you come to your own conclusions throughout. That's the fun of a police procedural, as far as I'm concerned!

All of the characters in this book are complex and well written. For me, having Diana Croft as the narrator for the book was the icing on the cake. This book contains a lot of dialogue between characters and she manages to give each one their own distinctive voice in both tone and accent, with no confusion between characters - it really is impressive.

I'm now going to have to hold my breath until the third book is released in audio, the audiobook has set my expectations too high to enjoy it any other way!

*I received a free copy of this audiobook*

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amazing<br />

loved it all especially the dynamics between all the characters which make you feel invested in the story. having the characters home lives included the pressures they present to them in doing Thier jobs make it seem so real"

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average detective story

Baffled as to why there are so many 4 or 5 star ratings?! The writing is average "he might be a world class boxer, but no match for me"...or maybe I have listened to/read too many other detective/thrillers but nothing above a 3 star all round for me.

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As ever ..... brilliant!

Keeps me guessing to the very last half hour of listening. Love the narrator. Love the author! So disappointed when I finish listening to these books, can’t wait for the next

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Awful accents from the narrator!

It started off as a good read, but I found it quite slow in places and was spoiled by the narration. Quite a few of the characters sounded alike, and drippy, and at times a lot like “Frank Spencer” from an tv old sitcom! Was also disappointed by the ending! Not the best book that I have read from this author!

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Decent series

Well developed characters, likeable. The narration is quite good and the story is an easy listen rather than engrossing which isn’t a criticism, sometimes it’s what you want/need in an audiobook.

Especially as I listened immediately following “The Catch” by T. M. Logan during which, I had my heart in my throat!

The only issue for me is some characters voices don’t match their description or age but that hasn’t stopped me buying the next book.

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Great story line, easy to pick up & come back to after a break. Well written & intriguing & yes swear words but needed to express the emotion of the story.. Gives it 'punch'! Well done narrator!

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Only thing giving me shivers was the swearing

I sometimes think I must lead a sheltered life; four-letter words are rarely used by me and mine and certainly not as an adjective in every sentence. I get really fed up with writers of police novels assuming that we all want to hear the F word in nearly every sentence uttered. The story was OK, but a bit predictable and most of the characters were hard to like. Some of the accents, especially of the male characters, were a bit dodgy, especially the Brummie ones and I won't be reading anything more by this writer.

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Amazingly read

Brilliant narration thank you Diana Croft you really brought this book to life 10/10 and 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ☺

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To much bad language. Not her usual writing<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

After 4 chapters was going to stop reading this book as language was too bad. Not authors usual style of writing. Does she have to sink this low to sell her books now. Shame on you!

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  • Ebony
  • 01-05-20

that was intense

this book is pretty awesome! I was at the edge of my feet the entire time

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-09-19

Intense!

Loved the storyline and the suspense! Great character developement. Overall fantastic descriptions and a well written book. To the narrator Diana Croft........ Good job! You nailed it! I did not want this story to end😍

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  • Deedra
  • 03-05-19

Last Lullaby

I loved it!It has lots of twists and turns.The characters are likable. Diane Croft was a fine narrator. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-19

loved

gripping fast paced, loved from start to finish. you will to. be sure to catch the first one.

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  • Angela M. Dokos
  • 16-01-19

Great book

Great book. I’ve enjoyed all of the books I’ve read by Carol Wyer. I had a little problem with one simple part of this book, but not bad enough to make me dislike it. One thing I like about these books is that she adds the detectives’ personal lives to the plots. It adds that extra layer to the character. It makes it feel more real.

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  • Karenique
  • 08-01-19

A new favorite! May we have more in this series?

Finally, I’ve been on a streak of disappointing books and this one just ended it. Author Carol Wyler and narrator Diana Croft are a well-matched duo and delivers brilliantly. A serial killer is on the loose and Detective Natalie Ward and her team take on the case. Thrilling suspense and surprises. One of the best in my vast Audible library! I’ve said it before and will repeat it again. I should stay with the genre Modern Detective. Highly recommended!

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  • Rebecca
  • 29-12-18

great story great narrator

loved it will be listening to all books in this series and any narrative that may be by same person