The Birthday by Carol Wyer review

Synopsis- 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? – goodreads


I listened to this on audio. At first I just wasn’t enjoying it. Not sure if it was the story or the voice actor. I do know that sometimes the audio book is ruined by the voice actor for me.

However, I persevered and I’m glad I did.

There were alot of avenues that this story took and keep me guessing who could be the killer. Natalie Ward was tough and took no notice from people who tried to hide things. She wanted answers and she was going to get them.

The beginning for me was a bit slow paced and I was getting confused over whose parents were whose and were suspects were coming from. Again, this may be down to me not particularly enjoying the beginning of the book so it wasn’t sinking in.

Once I got about half way though, things began to pick up. A second story had been introduced from a young boy’s perspective that lead to the killer. It was interesting to see that side as it gave a reason to the killers motives.

The story really did keep you guessing and asking questions. Why is that guy lieing? Why did no one see them?

3/5 ⭐

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