Tuesday 22 March 2022

BLOG TOUR: A Life for a Life (Detective Kate Young Book 3) - Carol Wyer

Nobody can get into the mind of an erratic killer―except an unpredictable detective.

When a young man is found lying on a station platform with a hole in his head, DI Kate Young is called in to investigate the grisly murder. But the killing is no one-off. As bodies start to pile up, she is faced with what might be an impossible task―to hunt down a ruthless killer on a seemingly random rampage.

Meanwhile, Kate has her own demons to battle as she struggles to come to terms with her husband’s death. And she is hell-bent on exposing corruption within the force and bringing Superintendent John Dickson to justice. But with the trail of deception running deeper―and closer to home―than she could ever have imagined, she no longer knows who she can trust.

With her grip on reality slipping, Kate realises that maybe she and the killer are not so different after all. But time is running out and Kate is low on options. Can she catch the killer before she loses everything?

What did I think?

Carol Wyer has gone and done it again!  Every time I think I've read the best book in the Detective Kate Young series, Carol Wyer goes and writes an even better one.  This already brilliant series is getting better and better and A Life for a Life is outstanding.  If you think the blurb sounds good, the prologue is something else - all I can say is "WOW!"

Whilst the story of police corruption and Detective Kate Young's personal story is a continuation of the series, there's enough backstory included in the book that you could definitely read this as a standalone.  The series is so good though that you really don't want to miss the prior two books (An Eye for an Eye and A Cut for a Cut).  

Kate and her very small team are on the hunt for a serial killer in Stoke-on-Trent and with nothing seeming to link the deaths, Kate fears that her unblemished record is about to be tarnished.  Kate's boss, Superintendent John Dickson, is doing everything he can to see her fail and finally get rid of the Kate-shaped thorn in his side.  I absolutely love to hate Dickson - he's like a supervillain with his many faces: upstanding police superintendent on one side and something much darker and devious on the other.

The whole book is brilliant from start to finish: it's sublimely plotted, flawlessly written and perfectly paced - I really can't recommend it highly enough.  I devoured every single page and the jaw-dropping ending left me hungry for more.  A well-deserved five stars.

I received an ARC from the author to read and review for the blog tour; this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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