Friday 5 February 2021

BLOG TOUR: An Eye for an Eye (Detective Kate Young #1) - Carol Wyer

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?

What did I think?

Wow, what a novel.  This is an amazing start to a new detective series and I, for one, am completely hooked.  With an ending that both satisfied me and left me hungry for more, I've already done my research and spotted that the next book in the series is due out in June 2021 (yippee!).

Detective Kate Young is a very interesting character; she's in a kind of intermediate state between fragility and resilience after being brought back from her leave, with some of her team questioning whether she's ready to return.  The case is personal to her superior so he wants the best to investigate it but by disregarding Kate's wellbeing you do wonder whether he has an ulterior motive.

Whilst investigating a potential serial killer, Kate is haunted by flashbacks of a former crime scene and you can really feel her struggling to keep her grip on reality.  The flashbacks themselves are horrifying and made my pulse race as Kate replays the scene over and over, getting a little further each time to really build up tension. Being put in charge of such a high profile case, I often felt that Kate was torn between her heart wanting to numb the pain and her head wanting the return of the astute detective she is known to be.

This isn't just another police procedural though, it also delves into forensics and their role in crime solving.  I loved this aspect of the story and felt it added another dimension to the plot, making it feel like I was reading true crime.  Clearly, it's not just Kate who needed to keep her grip on reality!

I don't think any review I write will do this book justice.  It's simply brilliant and I loved every minute of it.   I was enjoying it so much I even forgot to try to work out who the killer was - now if that's not the sign of a good book, I don't know what is!  Impossible to put down and gripping from start to finish, An Eye for an Eye is an exceptional crime thriller from a hugely talented and very prolific writer; it's not only very highly recommended it's an absolute must read.

Many thanks to Carol Wyer for sending me a copy of her book to read and review for the blog tour; this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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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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  1. Thanks for being part of the blog tour x

  2. Michelle, I echo your words above when you say no review you write could do the book justice... likewise no comment I leave here will actually convey the full extent of my gratitude or the happiness you have placed in my soul. A genuine thank you for not only loving Kate, for reading my books and supporting me, for reviewing this book so eloquently and passionately and for taking part in the book tour. I am totally blown away by your praise and at the same time, thrilled to bits.
    Hugest of thanks. xx