A killer running rings around the police. A detective spiralling out of control.
DI Kate Young is on leave. She’s the force’s best detective, but her bosses know she’s under pressure, on medication and overcoming trauma. So after her bad judgement call leads to a narrowly averted public disaster, they’re sure all she needs is a rest.
But when Staffordshire Police summon her back to work on a murder case, it’s a harder, more suspicious Kate Young who returns. With a new ruthlessness, she sets about tracking down a clinical, calculating serial killer who is torturing victims and leaving clues to taunt the police. Spurred on by her reporter husband, Young begins to suspect that the murderer might be closer than she ever imagined.
As she works to uncover the truth, Young unravels a network of secrets and lies, with even those closest to her having something to hide. But with her own competence—and her grip on reality—called into question, can she unmask the killer before they strike again?
Delighted to be taking my turn on the blog tour today for An Eye For An Eye by Carol Wyer. Huge thanks to Emma Welton of damp pebbles blog tours for inviting me to take part and to the author for my digital copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.
This is the first book in a new series by Carol Wyer and it gets off to an explosive start, and then keeps up an intense pace from beginning to end. It is one of those books that you can’t bear to tear yourself away from until you have got to the bottom of the mystery, along with the detectives. The best sort of crime fiction in fact.
Here we have a book of two stories. The first is the crime happening now that DI Kate Young has been called back from sick leave to investigate. The second covers the traumatic events that lead to Kate being on leave in the first place and that she is still psychologically struggling to recover from through the course of the book. The way the second story is fed into the first through a series of flashbacks is handled well and is easy to follow, so does not impact the pacing of the book at all.
I found Kate a very sympathetic character, despite the fact she is going through something very unusual that few of us are likely to have experienced. It is obvious fairly early on what is troubling her, but this did not detract from the enjoyment of the story, it just makes the reader invest in wanting Kate to recognise her problem and find out how she is going to deal with it before it wrecks her career. The fact that she manages to work through a complex case and manage her team successfully whilst wrestling her internal demons makes her all the more admiral to the reader.
The case she is dealing with in real life is complicated and brutal. The murderer is using a particularly barbaric method of torturing and disposing of his victims, and all the investigative strands seem to lead to dead ends, which ramps up the pressure and frustration, felt by the police and consequently the reader. The fact that some of the clues point to suspects uncomfortably close to home, and the worries of her own small team about Kate’s mental fortitude leave her somewhat isolated, which only add to the pressure she is under. All in all, the stakes are high and there is no certainty in our minds that she won’t crack under the pressure.
There are enough red herrings sown throughout the narrative to send the reader down the wrong tracks, and I changed my mind about who the culprit was and their motives numerous times before the end of the book. I did reach my conclusion before it was revealed in the book, but not too far in advance that it spoiled my enjoyment and I was happy to be vindicated. I also liked the fact that the novel left some loose ends to interest me already in the next book and how Kate is going to tie them up. All in all, mission accomplished for the author as far as I was concerned.
This is a great example of detective fiction with a gripping plotline and an interesting new protagonist to lead the series, grappling with unique personal issues. Highly recommended for fans of the genre.
An Eye For An Eye is out now in all formats and you can buy a copy here.
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About the Author
USA Today bestselling author and winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer writes feel-good comedies and gripping crime fiction.
A move from humour to the ‘dark side’ in 2017, saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in LITTLE GIRL LOST and demonstrated that stand-up comedian Carol had found her true niche.
To date, her crime novels have sold over 750,000 copies and been translated for various overseas markets.
Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She 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 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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